Something From The Weekend: Terry Butcher; England's world cup hopes; Regretful scab Eli Hacmon

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The Good

Terry Butcher

With 20 minutes left at Parkhead Inverness Caledonian Thistle were 2-0 down, and their year-long unbeaten away record looked to be in its death throes. Even manager Terry Butcher confessed to believing the run would end. But Richie Foran pulled one goal back before Grant Munro headed ICT level. Their unbeaten away streak, dating back to 29 November 2009, was saved. So what is this remarkable record down to? Butcher's unorthodox approach to nutrition, apparently. Not one for Fabio Capello's tomato ketchup ban, Butcher takes the team for a fish and chips takeaway as they drive back to Inverness. Capello and Arsène Wenger, take note.

The Bad

England's world cup hopes

England's hopes of mounting a serious challenge at next year's rugby World Cup in New Zealand lasted just two weeks. A fortnight after so thrillingly beating Australia at Twickenham, England were battered by South Africa on Saturday. Devoid of the imagination seen against the Wallabies, this was error-strewn rugby from an English side outmuscled throughout and exposed as the lesser side. And all this against a team who had lost a week earlier to Scotland! For Martin Johnson's side, a third consecutive World Cup final looks an impossibility.

The Odd

Regretful scab Eli Hacmon

The SFA did in fact manage to find enough officials to cover all the Scottish Premier League games the weather allowed to take place. But one of the imported referees, Israeli Eli Hacmon, now says he regrets his part in the weekend's football, when Scottish referees were on strike.

Hacmon was drafted in to officiate at Kilmarnock's 2-0 win over Aberdeen. Once he heard why he was needed, Hacmon suggested he was ashamed of his role as a scab. "If we knew [the reason for the strike] before, we would not have come," he said, in a show of solidarity with the much maligned Scottish officials. What Hacmon made of Rugby Park is less clear.