Truly great game. Apologies to the WRU. I was so excited after the first 15 minutes, I broke my seat. I think it was Gate 310, Row 20, Seat 22, if they want to fix it. I hadn't seen Wales play like that since the 70s. If they had kept that up, we would have scored 50. I had to buy my ticket for a change, and was in the lower seats. Not so good a view as from a hospitality box of course, but surrounded by genuine fans. It really was one hell of an atmosphere.
The wonder boy, Hook was exactly that. Apart from the middle of the second half, when we lost some lineouts and the bounce of the ball seemed to go against us, we totally destroyed England, especially up front. A lot more 'grunt'. The back row were awesome - across the gain line every time. Where has Ryan Jones been for the rest of this season? And the front five were great too. It was something else to see the England pack on the back foot. Bring on the All Blacks. If Carter and Macaw are injured, I reckon we could have a chance in a hundred of nicking a result. And we Tories could win 31 seats on May 3rd.
And to cap it all, the Assembly team beat the House of Commons and Lords Parliamentary team on the Glamorgan Wanderers ground at midday. We had a damn good team out. I'd no idea what to expect, because we just emailed all the Assembly staff to see who fancied a game. All these young lads turned up - fit as fleas. And we had a stand-off named James, who was not far short of Hook's standard. I missed two gold plated try scoring opportunities. 30 years ago I used to suffer from 'red mist' whenever the line was in sight, which meant either try or penalty (and maybe the bin these days) but now I seem to suffer 'white line fever'. Deeply grateful to 'dancing feet' Dai Lloyd on the wing for putting one down even more dramatically - thus diverting flak from me. Son Tim was watching, and so thankful I didn't score. Would have talked of nothing else for the next few months.
A special word for Wyre Davies, who 'guested' for us at scrum half. Can you see anyone else reporting on a six nations game for the BBC at 5.30, turning out for a serious 'fun game' at midday. He's a top bloke, as well as a top reporter. And I'd better mention that Matt Mathias scored our opening try after 40 seconds. For the record we won by about 35 - 25, and raised best part of £1000 for Bowel Cancer UK. It was a special day all round.