Two of Scotland's frontline players who missed the entire RBS 6 Nations Championship through injury emerged unscathed from their return to competitive action tonight.
Captain Jason White and scrum-half Mike Blair were among 37 players from the Scotland Rugby World Cup squad who participated in an internal 10-a-side tournament at St Andrews University.
Neither White nor Blair suffered any ill-effects from their respective knee and shoulder injuries. However, there was a scare for hooker Scott Lawson, who rolled his right ankle minutes after scoring a spectacular 50 metre try, following superb handling by White and Chris Cusiter.
Lawson immediately had ice applied to the injury and then an immobilising boot was fitted by the Scotland medical team. He will be subject to further assessment tomorrow.
There were other bumps and bruises with scrum-half Rory Lawson requiring three stitches in a head wound, albeit he returned to action.
White said: "I'm delighted to come back. It's the first time I've played 10s. You get a bit of space and I enjoyed the first competitive stuff I've done (since his knee injury last November). Sure I've done contact in training but it's been relatively controlled.â€
White declared himself ready for a return to the Scotland team in the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test against Ireland at Murrayfield a week on Saturday.
The same target must be uppermost in Blair's mind. He said: â€œIt was good to get a run out. I didn't feel the shoulder at all."
Some 300 supporters turned out to watch the matches, played 12 minutes each way with rolling substitutes permitted. White was in the Green team, which emerged the victors with a 19-7 success over the Reds and a 7-all draw with the Blues
Reds defeated the Blues in the final match, 12-7.
Reds v Greens. Reds tries from Alastair Kellock, John Barclay and Scott Lawson. Chris Paterson kicked two conversions. Reds try from Simon Webster, converted by Dan Parks
Greens v Blues. Greens try and conversion from Paterson. Blues try from Nikki Walker, converted by Gordon Ross
Reds v Blues. Reds tries from Scott MacLeod and Thom Evans (whose try was converted by Parks). Blues try from Rory Lamont, converted by Ross.
Two members of the squad missed tonight's matches. Scott Murray was recovering from a day-case operation on his left forearm (he's expected to return to training on Thursday), while Simon Danielli was troubled again by a groin injury.