The destination of the wooden spoon for 2014 could be decided in Rome on Saturday. Scotland travel to the Italian capital at possibly their lowest point in Six Nations history.
Two inept defeats against Ireland and England have prompted an outpouring of gloom about the state of Scottish rugby, summed up no better than in this excellent piece by BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce.
Italy have also suffered two defeats, but the difference is they have gone down swinging on both occasions, scoring tries and at least looking as though they pose a threat in both the forwards and occasionally out wide.
Nevertheless, this is the battle of the basement boys in this year’s Six Nations.
These are the men who need to stand up for their teams.