Following white rose successes for the girls at Under 15 and 18 levels, this weekend it was the turn of the boys, also facing the old rivals from across the Pennines. In the space of seven days the temperature had fallen markedly and the strong wind was truly chilling. At least it was there to whisk away the dark clouds and sharp showers that peppered the field. The assembled crowd at Harrogate Rugby Club was well wrapped against the elements.
As it's now the following Tuesday, ickledot was hoping to point you readers in the direction of a more detailed match report but it's proving difficult to find one. The story was remarkably similar to the girls' Under 18 game last weekend.
Yorkshire's attacking play was fast and ferocious from the start and the home side were able to dissipate any tension or nervousness with a try in the opening minutes, giving their opponents no time to settle and plenty to think about.
Not long after the score was 10-0 following a second unconverted try. With three quarters of the game still to go Lancashire began to realise it was to be a hard afternoon. This was confirmed with two further Yorkshire tries, both under the posts and both converted.
This brought a score of 24-0 at half time. As often happens with a team losing heavily at the break, there was something of a recovery for Lancashire in the second forty. Although they were unable to penetrate the home defence, they did limit Yorkshire to five points, making the final score 29-0.
A convincing win to finish the season, leaving everyone in a happy mood despite the weather. You can see more pictures from the game over on Flickr.
It was a so-so afternoon photographically, mainly as it became quite dark towards the end of the game and the driving wind didn't help either. Still, there was an opportunity to try a new camera. ickledot will tell you more about that once he's had further use of it.