Well, it was my birthday and the weekend was filled with the best Heineken Cup quarter finals that I can remember. And that's not just because I have a memory like a sieve.
I can't let these four fabulous games pass without comment.
- Jonny Sexton dragging his kicking stats out of the toilet and nailing kick after kick.
- Brock James flushing his usually robotically reliable kicking boots down the bog and turning into as big a choker as Tim Henman.
Next up Biarritz v Ospreys, and randomly, another 29-28 thriller.
Again, the home team (even though they were playing in Spain) came out on top. Some of the more amazing points:
- King of Mediocrity and ex-Leeds Carnegie player/full-time sicknote Iain Balshaw scorched over for a try WITHOUT injuring himself.
- Ryan Jones put in a storming performance after looking, well, pretty rubbish in the Six Nations.
- And who can forget one of the most outstanding solo tries to grace the competition. Step up Takzuda Ngwenya:
As a patriotic kind of girl I was firmly behind the Saints, who were the only English team left in the competition. As a result, this was the game I enjoyed watching the least - not because it was a poor game, but because it meant a bit more. I was gutted as Saints lost.
- The impatient Sky Sports cameras venturing into the Northampton dressing room before kick-off. Five seconds later they made a hasty retreat thanks to a chorus of expletives beign shouted out by the pumped up players.
- The atmosphere at Thomond Park. Absolutely electric. I NEED to go and watch a game of this magnitude there at some point in my life.
- Ronan O'Gara, who stopped whingeing about Jonny Sexton and did what he does best and kicked his team home in the second half, 33-19 the final score.
- Northampton captain Dylan Hartley's post match interview. Credit to him, he fronted up even though he was absolutely gutted. I just wanted to give him a cuddle.
I very much enjoyed watching:
- Yannick Jauzion weaving his unique magic in the centre. The man is a class act.
- Toulouse really going for the jugular and ripping Stade apart in the second half. Very impressive. 42-16 at full time after a half time score of 13-10. Watch out Leinster.
- Another brilliant try for Cedric Heymans. I'm still gutted he didn't win try of the year last year.
Leinster v Toulouse
Munster v Biarritz
I can't wait.
However I have to end this post on a sad note. My team, Leeds Carnegie, were bummed 46-11 by Harlequins. How rude of them not to give me the only birthday present I'd asked for: a bonus point win!