Apart from the times when I've just not blogged at all, this must be the latest I've posted within any given week. It's Saturday morning so there's another round of rugby coming up this very afternoon and I've not even told you about the matches I saw last weekend.
I have a little bit of an excuse as I had a post written yesterday when, inexplicably, the whole lot disappeared. I just didn't have the heart to start again so the delay was even longer. Anyway, here we are again.
Three venues and five matches to describe, the first being at the home of Sheffield Tigers last Saturday, a gloriously sunny afternoon which was most welcome after the gloom of the seemingly endless winter. It was an Under 16 tournament between Yorkshire Carnegie, Newcastle Falcons and Wasps. I was there for two of the three games which were both well contested, much fast and skilful rugby on show. Though results were not necessarily the most important thing, Carnegie came out on top it was generally agreed, winning both of their matches.
Sunday afternoon saw Yorkshire U20s take on Hertfordshire in the semi-final of their national County Championship at Castle Park, Doncaster. Typically, the home side were on the offensive right from the start, scoring two tries before the visitors had realised what was going on.
This pattern continued, Yorkshire were rampant and by the time Hertfordshire added to the scoreboard, the game was won. The final score was 77-24 so Yorkshire are Twickenham bound once more. Congratulations to them. The opponents in the final this time are Cornwall, bringing to mind a famous Yorkshire semi-final victory from three years ago. I'm sure Cornwall will remember that too and will be eager for revenge. It's not going to be easy - no room for complacency.
With the hours of daylight lengthening, a number of fixtures are taking place in the evening: play-offs, local finals or fixtures postponed from earlier in the season. Wednesday evening brought two Yorkshire Cup finals, the venue being Pontefract Rugby Club. These were the Under 15 girls Final between Castleford and Sandal followed by the U18 clash between old rivals Castleford and West Park Leeds.
Both matches were hotly contested and close right up to the closing minutes. In the earlier game Castleford came out on top with a score of 21-12 and West Park Leeds won the Under 18 final, scoring two late tries in the gathering gloom to make a closing tally of 26-12. Well done to all three teams - a great evening of rugby.