Today: The Flower of Scotland

20 Nov

This years Autumn internationals were bringing to the Northern Hemisphere the top 3 teams in the world. New Zealand, S. Africa and Australia.

Today, Scotland faced the challenge of the world number 1 – South Africa. After a crushing and embarrassing defeat (the ref finished the match 3 mins early) against New Zealand the week before, you would forgive Scotland for not only being bitter, bitterly dissapointed and soul destroyed, but also not up for playing a team which was supposedly better than New Zealand.

Although there was scandal withing the South Africa camp, and a string of injuries, they went into the match as favourites.

The rain seemed to loom over Murray field as an omen for certain doom – no doubt that whatever level the Scots were praying at, they must have had a heart sinking feeling.

However, after an intense 80 mins, the Scots prevailed, the flower is blooming and the springboks are limping home. Like Prince Edwards Army in the last verse of “O Flower of Scotland”:

Those days are passed now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward’s army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

And S. Africa will have to think again before they try a grandslam against the Northern Hemisphere.

3 Responses to “Today: The Flower of Scotland”

  1. Asa aka Mr Pedantic 20/11/2010 at 18:40 #

    Yay for Scotland! Flower of Scotland always brings a lump to my throat and tear to my eye. A couple of things though: embarrassing and scandal spelt wrong, Murrayfield is one word and it was King Edward II.
    Derek forced me to write this at gunpoint, sorry.

    • harriparf 20/11/2010 at 19:31 #

      lol o asa… I need to write in my about me section about my poor spelling… (the thing doesn’t have a spell check) and the lyrics just tell me it was ‘Edward’…. I have never been able to spell embarrasing…. i spell how i say it innit!

      • Asa aka Mr Pedantic 20/11/2010 at 20:16 #

        my old english teacher used to say it’s the content that’s most important, so you get a A* for your blog 🙂

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