Seemed like two days of nothing but rugby, both live and in the flesh and also on TV with the closing rounds of the Rugby Union World Cup. Seeing as the games I photographed were being played at virtually the same time as the televised ones, the latter were recorded and the car radio most definitely turned off for the journey home to enable a viewing 'as live'.
So, on Saturday it was Bradford & Bingley playing Old Brodleians. As mentioned before, the Bees are so far unbeaten and sitting pretty atop their league. A score of 26 to 12 suggests a comfortable but not spectacular victory and so it was. A rather scrappy encounter with stoppages for infringements throughout, the highlight photographically was a solo try by Bees scrum-half, Richard Scull. More pictures here.
On Sunday it was step up to The Championship with Yorkshire Carnegie playing Moseley. As many will know, Carnegie share a ground in Headingley with Rugby League side Leeds Rhinos. There's a noticeable increase in speed at this level and photographing was something of a challenge albeit hugely enjoyable. The final score of 52-19 is a fair reflection of Carnegie's dominance although Moseley did have periods of possession and crossed the try line on more than one occasion. One hero on the day was Jonah Holmes, with a hat-trick of tries. You can read a more detailed report here and see more pictures here.
Almost forgot, prior to this on Sunday morning was a trip out to Pontefract for the first training session of Yorkshire's U20s squad. As readers will recall, it was a day such as this which culminated in a successful trip to Twickenham a few months later.
Now ickledot's in London, awaiting a live in the flesh viewing of the World Cup Bronze Final between Argentina and South Africa. Let's hope they've shed the disappointment of defeat in the semis and produce a great game, just for me!