Several noteable milestones at this game - Bob Casey captained the team on his 101st appearance; Kieron Dawson lead them out of the tunnel for his 200th and last game. And Saracens' Kyran Bracken played his last competitive game for the club he's served for so long. When he finally came off the field, substituted in the second half, he got a well-deserved standing ovation from all the crowd - a lovely gesture on the part of the Irish supporters, who probably rue the fact that the Dublin-born Bracken won his 51 International caps for England, not Ireland!
I decided to let the SSA bus take the strain, and caught it from Sarries' old ground at Bramley Road, to Reading. This meant quite a lengthy drive, first in the car then on the bus. So I took May's Rugby World and my iPod with me for entertainment.
What did I listen to on the journey? Quite a varied playlist, including the hauntingly beautiful Takk by Sigur Rós; the ever-brilliant Paul Mounsey's second album, Nahoo Too; In Between Dreams by Jack Johnson; Hopes & Fears by Keane (really looking forward to their new album in June) plus a bit of a blast from the past in the form of a playlist mix by ELO. An eclectic bunch really.