Harlequins RL v. Warrington Wolves
A great match on a gloriously hot summer's day - the planes taking off from Heathrow cast sharp shadows on the pitch as the zoomed over the very packed stadium - the kids from Warrington were out in force and having fun - the East Stand was practically full - even the Lexus stand looked well attended, but there were plenty of Quins' supporters in the cheap seats, where I was.
Wolves had the better of the first half. Their first two tries were run in starting from their half - but neither was easy. Although by half time Quins had levelled to 12 all, their tries had been harder worked - and relied on finger tip chucking of the ball as they swirled through the Merseysiders' lines.
The second half was all Warrington - their pack was bigger, better, and they frequently found the spaces on the wing to smash through for successive tries to give them a massive lead. Although Quins rallied, the north western side began to waste time and take it slowly, and proved to be insurmountable.
The final score was one worthy of the match - despite the gripings of a few London fans that the ref had been unduly harsh - both teams were roughly equal in the table before the match, and Quins had narrowly won their away match of this pairing:
Harlequins RL 24 - 40 Warrington Wolves
Absolute smasher of a match.