Exactly one month has passed since Scotland’s last Guinness Six Nations match – so it’s little wonder captain Stuart Hogg is desperate to return to action.
Hogg’s side host Ireland at BT Murrayfield on Sunday with optimism high and a dreams of a first Championship since 1999 still very much alive.
An historic victory against England at Twickenham showed positivity was not mislaid in their opener, even if a loss to Wales curtailed momentum before their Round 3 match in France was postponed.
But with Championship ambitions and the Centenary Quaich on the line, a chance to right the wrongs is long overdue for captain Hogg as Ireland come to town.
“It’s another chance to represent Scotland, we’ve prepped well over the past couple of weeks and we’re excited for the challenge,” he told Scottish Rugby.
“We started this Championship in a very good way and, unfortunately, things didn’t quite go to plan against Wales.
“The disappointing thing for us is that we’ve had to wait so long to represent Scotland again so the boys are chomping at the bit to get going.
“Here’s hoping we can put on a show and show what we’re really about.”
Scotland’s recent history against Ireland hasn’t always made for pretty reading but with Gregor Townsend’s men on an upwards curve, this battle for the Quaich could be among the most anticipated over the past two decades.
And with fans unable to attend this weekend’s BT Murrayfield blockbuster, Hogg is acutely aware that he and his team have an extra responsibility to those watching on from home.
It’s a duty he takes very seriously, too – particularly with those close to home experiencing first-hand the highs and lows that only the Guinness Six Nations can provide.
“For us, we want to go out there and represent our country in the best possible way,” he added.
“We want the fans to look at us and see a bit of themselves. By that, I mean people working incredibly hard for 80 minutes and making sure that we take our opportunities.
“I know my mum will be sitting stressing about the game but hopefully we can put on a good show for everyone.”