On Sunday afternoon we went up to the Madejski Stadium in Reading to watch London Irish play their St Patrick's Day game. (I will let Lionel write the rest)
For the rugby aficionados among you, the game featured two former All Blacks. For Northampton was winger Bruce Reihana who is their captain and goal kicker. On the London Irish team is No 1 Clarke Dermody, former Southland Captain (in the photo above).
The rugby was not too bad - Irish won 32-27 in the end, with ill discipline costing Northampton as they gave away too many kickable penalties and Irish's 18year old fullback, Tom Homer, just kept slotting the goals. There was some quite good play at times, but it did reflect that in some positions both teams are playing quite deep in their squads. Clarke Dermody had a strong game on his side of the scrum, but the tighthead side was a mess. Dermody also distinguished himself with a great catch and pass during one attack. The Irish back play wasn't great, if it had been better they would have made the game safe much sooner. The closeness of the result made up for the less than stellar quality of some of the rugby. The game ended with Northampton attacking for the last two minutes, trying to gain the try that would snatch the win.