Saturday saw the Marine's fixture at Aberdeen switched to the Rock at Shek Kip Mei. A biting wind made the already low temperatures just about unbearable, and a vast array of tights, thermal tops, tracksuits, hats, scarves and ear-warmers were present during the warm-up.
From kick-off, handling was always going to be tricky when you couldn't feel your own fingers. The Marines did well to build attacking platforms, but all too often the ball was knocked on, understandably. HKCC Raiders suffered similar issues as the ball rarely moved beyond the breakdown.
The tries scored by both teams were undoubtedly a result of the weather, but the Marines will feel that they deserved the W, with some scything runs from the outside backs, whilst up-front the forwards patched up their scrum to gain some reliable ball. Lineouts were a disaster for both sides, with the ball choosing any path but the trajectory chosen by either hooker.
It was a relief when the referee blew for full time. Taking the positives, the beers on the touchline were still cold.