And so it ends, after six weeks of rugby, with perhaps the only match that really matters. I’ve no idea why the Wales – England match is so important; there’s not even a special trophy at stake, but as any Welshman will tell you, this is the one to win.
(Aside: The Kiwis have a similar philosophy and an acronym to go with it; ABA, or Anyone But Australia. In Wales I guess it’s ABE instead – I may get T-shirts made.)
The match itself was nothing if not exciting and Wales flew out of the blocks leaving the English team wondering what had hit them; for the record, it was usually Gareth Thomas or Martin Williams. The first twenty minutes were breathtaking and if they could keep this up, a victory for the Principality was assured; of course, it came as no surprise that by half time we’d thrown that lead away as Shane Williams repeatedly refused to offload. However, the team was desperate for their first win of the Six Nations and with the hugely impressive James Hook showing admirable talent and maturity, they dug deep and fought back for a well deserved victory.
And if that wasn’t enough, on Friday night Worcester fought back from 21-6 down at half time to claim a (somewhat lucky) win over Northampton and lift themselves off the bottom of the Premiership for the first time this year.
What a brilliant weekend of rugby!