To boo or not to boo? That is the Murrayfield question
It was weird last weekend. I've argued before that perhaps, just perhaps, the Scottish crowd should join the likes of the Kiwis, the South Africans, the South Americans and the French and boo at the kickers.
Oh it would all be part of helping our boys in blue to win a game or two.
Dan Carter stepped up to take a kick at goal at Murrayfield and sections of our Scottish crowd started booing. And there I was thinking: "I've advocated this in the past!".
Carter is one of the best players ever to have played rugby. He's a hard working ambassador for our game and I actually felt a little sick.
I actually felt a little ashamed at Scots doing that to someone who is an opponent and an ambassador for rugby.
It was wrong. There is no place for the denigration of opponents at any rugby stadium, especially Murrayfield. Do you agree?
South Africa were 16-12 winners in Dublin last weekend
Anyway, last weekend Scotland scored three tries so it wasn't all doom and gloom.
Interestingly the All Blacks played last year's Glasgow game plan, the same as the Saracens game plan, of three pods with the second rows and props in the middle of the pitch, the remaining forwards split either side, and Dan Carter chose which side to attack.
Fairly simple stuff but Scotland's defence didn't cope. The line-out was erratic and the brutality of the All Blacks, added to Carter's imperious kicking, were too much.
It must have been satisfying for Carter to slot the kicks with boos ringing in his ears.
Starting with the front row I thought Geoff Cross had one of his best games in a Scotland jersey and deserved to start again.
Richie Gray, who was excellent, could have finished the 80 minutes, Jim Hamilton's power was superb with one line-out adjustment sheer perfection but I'd like to see him give away no penalties in a game, and the finishing back row looked strong.
John Barclay now joins it and he won't let anyone down.
But we lack power in midfield and I guess the Springboks might target there.
Our pattern of play was to go the same way running off ten or nine and trying to get wide too. South Africa's pattern to date has been the Blue Bulls pattern of one out runners smashing their way up the pitch.
This game is going to be tough.
Getting back to the issue of getting on the back of kickers, rugby is different from other sports.
We shake hands after the game despite horrendous conflicts and impacts. We respect the referee. We sit side-by-side with opposition fans, we laugh with them, share food with them, and even have a drink with them.
It's about respect.
I don't want sporting etiquette to be eroded in my game. There are few things more impressive in rugby than the Munster crowd falling completely and absolutely silent as an opponent takes a kick.
And so, with that in mind, I really, really hope that this weekend fans at Murrayfield give the South African kicker the respect he deserves and cut out the boos. Though maybe, just maybe, you disagree...