Don't write off Scots as yet. The production line will be cranked up again soon when the crop of the 2019 team is identified. Then they will start the program which includes a summer season of hit and giggle cricket in the 5th XI. The Scots program is the longest in the competition with boys training from term IV I am informed. My issue is with the boys mental ability to withstand such long term training and how their growing frames cope with the extra weight and stress put up them by the "extra malt" added to their milk. No mercy rule in the GPS 1st XV. When Scots destroyed Newington by 100+ it brought the spotlight onto the program. While Newington were shamed by the result it also embarrassed Scots I feel as it made them out to be ruthless killing machines. Did you notice this season that Scots throttled back in games after the first half? They had the ability to put 100 on schools but chose to ease back. As well it sensibly gave those players with niggles a chance to heal while allowing the 2nds some run time in the 1st's. Maybe this easing back back-fired as the team didn't learn to be as ruthless as they needed to be late in a game. They had Joeys down, beaten well in the second half and then seemed to relax and Joeys fought back. It was then difficult for them to restart the machine after most of its systems had shut down. Will we see this as the Scots model for 2019? Ruthless, unstoppable machines?