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

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

Zander Fagerson - Italy v Scotland
17th March – Zander Fagerson gets involved in a difference of opinion with opposite number Andrea Lovotti during Scotland's final game of this year's Six Nations. Scotland edged a win in that match to finish with a 60 percent success rate from the championship to finish third in the table. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson


Best of enemies –  by David Gibson 

Adam Sinclair and Craig Borthwick
13th January – Adam Sinclair and Craig Borthwick, two of the Premiership’s more rambunctious characters, get to grips with each other during a capital city derby clash between Heriot’s and Watsonians at Goldenacre.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

It was snow go at Scotstoun – by Craig Watson

Scotland Women in the snow
21st January – Scotland Women attempt to warm up in the snow at Scotstoun ahead of their friendly international against Spain, but the elements eventually won the day with the game being cancelled shortly before kick-off.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk


Welsh woe – by David Gibson

John Barclay
3rd February – Scotland captain John Barclay stands stunned and dejected at the final whistle following a heavy 34-7 defeat to Wales at the Principality Stadium.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

National heroes – by Craig Watson

Greig Laidlaw
24th February – Greig Laidlaw accepts the adulation of Scotland fans after the national team’s sensational Calcutta Cup success over England.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk


Beating the Beast from the East – by David Gibson

Heriot's v Currie Chieftains
24th March – The Currie Chieftains and Heriot’s packs prepare to lock horns at scrum time during the first ever competitive club fixture played indoors in Scotland at Oriam in Edinburgh.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

Handbags – by Craig Watson

Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues
31st March – Blair Kinghorn and Gareth Anscombe have a disagreement during Edinburgh’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat to Cardiff Blues at Murrayfield.
Image: © Craig Watson –  www.craigwatson.co.uk


Champions of Scotland – by Craig Watson

Melrose Win
7th April – Melrose head coach Rob Chrystie and captain Grant Runciman, with hooker Russell Anderson in the background, celebrate victory over Ayr in the BT Premiership play-off Grand Final.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk

The Saints on the march – by David Gibson

National League Cup
21st April – National League Division Two side Dumfries Saints celebrate victory over National League One side Kelso to lift the inaugural National League Cup at Hawthornden in Lasswade.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson


A brave new dawn? – by Craig Watson

Super 6
1st May – SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson poses with players from each of the successful applicant clubs at the launch of the new Super 6 league, which is due to start in season 2019-20.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk

No fairytale finale for Finn – by David Gibson

Finn Russell
18th May – Finn Russell is dejected after Glasgow concede a try in the Guinness PRO14 play-off defeat to Scarlets at Scotstoun Stadium.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson


Russell-gate – by Craig Watson

Keith Russell
6th June – Keith Russell, seen here at training with the Stirling County U18s squad, caused a stir with his damning criticism of senior executives in the SRU after winning un unfair dismissal employment tribunal case against the governing body.
Image: © Craig Watson – www.craigwatson.co.uk

The kids come of age – by David Gibson

Adam Hastings - Scotland v Argentina
23rd June –Adam Hastings on the run as Scotland rampage past Argentina in their final summer tour match in Resistencia.
Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

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