2018: A year in photographs PART TWO – from July to December

Whatever happened in Scottish rugby during the last 12 months, David Gibson and Craig Watson – the nation's leading freelance rugby photographers – were there to record it

Ryan Wilson
Glasgow Warriors back-row Ryan Wilson banters with Will Skelton of Saracans during October's Champions Cup clash. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk


The comeback kings – via David Gibson

20th July – Jamie Farndale scores a try in the final seconds to complete a dramatic comeback from 26-0 down to defeat Kenya 26-31 at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.
Image: Andrew Cornaga / Fotosport

The next generation – by Craig Watson

BT Sport Academy
29th July – the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Championship at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk



Bradbury breaks new ground – by Craig Watson

Dee Bradbury
4th August – Dee Bradbury was confirmed as the first female President of a Tier 1 Rugby Nation at the Scottish Rugby Union’s AGM.
Image: © Craig Watson


Stirling effort – by David Gibson

Stirling County Charity Shield
25th August – Craig Robertson jumps for joy after a dramatic last-minute penalty from captain Jonny Hope [in the background] clinched a 26-28 victory for Stirling County over Melrose in the Charity Shield at The Greenyards.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson


Boroughmuir dig deep – by Craig Watson

15th September –
Boroughmuir’s Johnny Matthews celebrates scoring the winning try as his team dig deep to beat Glasgow Hawks at Balgray.
Image: © Craig Watson


Warriors on tour – via David Gibson

Glasgow Warriors
18th September – Glasgow Warriors trained under the shadow of Table Mountain in Cape Town during their two-week stay in South Africa to play Toyota Cheetahs and Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14.
Photo by: Halden Krog/Fotosport


Team effort – by David Gibson

Edinburgh v Toulon
20th October – Team spirit was key for Edinburgh when they toppled European giants Toulon at Murrayfield.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson


Singing the blues – by Craig Watson

DTH van der Merwe
21st October – Glasgow Warriors ignited their Champions Cup campaign with a sizzling victory in Cardiff. The big controversy was a strip clash.
Image: Crag Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk


Doddie gives the Cup away – by Craig Watson

Doddie Weir Cup
3rd November – Doddie Weir reckons the Cup created in his name, which will be competed for whenever Scotland play Wales, is modelled in his image, with headband and giant lugs included.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk


Taking it to the Pumas – by David Gibson

Jamie Ritchie
24th November – Scotland openside Jamie Ritchie led the charge against Argentina at Murrayfield.
Image: Fotosport/David Gibson


Kings of the Castle – by David Gibson

Merchiston Castle School
5th December – Merchiston Castle School defeated St Aloysius’ College in the final of the Scottish Schools’ Under-18 Cup.
Image: Fotosport/David Gibson


Making a splash – by Craig Watson

Niko Matawalu
15th December – Niko Matawalu scored twice as Glasgow Warriors defeated Lyon in appalling conditions at Scotstoun in the European Champions Cup.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk

2018: A year in photographs PART ONE – from January to June