The official attendance for the London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday was 61,424. Its probably a good job that the official attendance wasn’t based on the number in the ground at the end of the London Irish v Harlequins clash, a match described by one writer as complete dross.
There were 1,087 souls at the Richmond Athletic Ground,just a few miles down the road, to see London Scottish take on Rotherham Titans in the season’s opener of the rather grandly named Greene King IPA Championship. I was one of them.
On a warm,sunny afternoon Exiles skipper Mark Bright scored a hat trick of tries as his team put down an early marker in their play-off chase against direct rivals.And he wasn’t even named Man of the Match.
The air is thick with pundits reminding us that the Rugby World Cup is only a year away , and I guess every Premiership game between now and then will be examined against that background.
I can recommend the Richmond Athletic Ground as one place to get away from the hype.