LAST weekend was a strange one as the Beast from the East and Storm Emma combined to put almost all of the local schedule to the sword, but let’s say well-done to Redingensians Rams who managed to move their game against Wimbledon to Maidenhead, picking up a bonus-point in a 24-15 success.

It’s a win which moved them up to third in the National Two South table and should put them in confident mood for this Saturday’s long jaunt to Cornwall for their next league match at Redruth.

Rams, now unbeaten in their last five games, will certainly need to be on top form against their fifth-placed opponents, but of whom they already have the advantage over having got the better of the Cornishman, 21-12, at the Old Bath Road ground last November.

London Irish were also in action last Sunday, but it was another defeat as they went down 24-16 at Wasps.

It leaves them 12 points adrift at the foot of the table and staring relegation firmly in the face.

As for my boys Reading, we had a week off after our game at Reading Abbey was postponed.

We're back in action at home to Aylesbury on Saturday and I hope we can do better than on our last showing at Holme Park when we narrowly lost out to Wallingford.

That was our fifth home defeat this season and that’s just not good enough, and really underlines why we are down in eighth place in the Southern Counties North table.

Abbey are currently a place above us in seventh and also take to the road to face league leaders Beaconsfield, who’ve won 15 of their 16 league games to date.

That’s the kind of scalp you really want to take, and imagine the euphoria and the boost to their confidence among the Abbey players if they could pull out a win.

Berkshire Shire Hall are also back in action this weekend, trvaelling to Risborough in the BB&O Championship, while it is also the penultimate round of this season's RBS Six Nations Championship.

England will be looking to shrug off the disappointment of their Calcutta Cup defeat against Scotland by beating France, while Ireland host Scotland and Wales are at home to Italy on Sunday.