The fact that it was also a gloriously warm sunny evening meant that conditions were pretty much ideal and it was great to get back into the swing of things. Yes, it was hard work; yes, it was exhausting; and yes, I can begin to feel myself seizing up even as I type this - but I played more or less non-stop for about 75 minutes, my fitness just about held up (proving that the time in the gym hasn't been entirely wasted) and, in patches, I even played reasonably well.
Speaking to the club's Chairman, who organises our Touch team in the competition, he's lined up a couple of real speedsters for the team - something we were sorely lacking last summer. Like Alan Shearer in his last few season's at St.James' Park, I feel I need others to do much of the running for me while I trundle along making a nuisance of myself!
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening's workout to whet the appetite for the weeks to come - there really is nothing better than throwing a rugby ball around with the sun on your back.