A dreary rain-soaked Friday night brought a dash of the Pacific sunshine to Moortown Rugby Club with the visit of the Samoa Women 7s squad to play a game against Yorkshire. ickledot's first international photography!
As readers will know, 7s is a short, explosive format so on this occasion it was decided to play four periods of seven minutes, to stretch things out a bit.
Watching the Samoan squad warming up was interesting as they went through a number of drills ickledot hasn't seen before. Some were as much to do with honing speeds of reaction - warming up the mind - as bringing cold muscles to life. It was clear that fun also played important part in the session as there was a good deal of smiling and laughter in addition to the serious job of preparing to play.
Both sides began brightly and it was Yorkshire who crossed the try line first. For a period after tries were exchanged before Samoa's international level pedigree began to show.
It has to be said that the Samoans really took over in the latter parts of the encounter, scoring several tries without reply.
Still, it was a most enjoyable game and Yorkshire should be proud of the way they challenged throughout. Thanks too to Moortown for putting on such a great welcome, presumably at quite short notice.
You can see more pictures from the game (and the warm-up) here.