SO what did you make of England’s 21-8 win against Argentina last Saturday in their opening match of the autumn series?

I didn’t think it was the most exciting game, but there were moments of brilliance and the try for No. 8 Nathan Hughes was executed very well.

I’m sure Eddie Jones will be tempted to make changes and crank up the competition for this Saturday’s game against Australia as they will punish England heavily if they play like that again.

I did not manage to see the Wales defeat to the Aussies but that, by reading the reports, was a great game to watch apparently.

I did see the Ireland game and what a performance they gave!

Their 38-3 win was their biggest victory over South Africa by some distance. Both young wingers Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway scored a try, tight-head Tadhg Furlong was immense and CJ Stander looked like his old self at No.8.

Lock Iain Henderson ran right through South African captain Eben Etzebeth at one point of the game. The Irish pack were truly immense.

Anyway, on to the local club front and Redingensians Rams led the way for Reading-based teams with a 21-12 National League 2 South win against visitors Redruth.

The Reds are never an easy team to beat but that’s six wins on the trot now which keeps Rams fourth in the table and four points behind Taunton Titans.

And, just as it so happens, Rams make the journey down to Somerset on Saturday week (25th) to face Titans at their Hyde Park base. So very much a crucial match for Rams and their promotion ambitions.

Before that Rams, like the rest of the league structure, have this weekend off so that players can give their bodies a rest.

My boys Reading were narrowly beaten 31-29 at Aylesbury. The hosts were 31-12 up at half time and we had lost three of our starting team – Alex Dorliac, Billy Woodworth and Taylor McRoberts – all to injury.

They were soon joined by No.8 Adam Veale, another with possible concussion. Thankfully, a replacement, Fraser Banks, did much to spark the recovery, racing over for two tries from distance with a combination of speed, power and strength.

Full back James Mitchell also scored a fine individual try and set up another for winger Chris Greig.

Reading’s other try came from prop Josh Pallett but, just as things looked good, we lost Nick Porch to a red card.

But the team showed character and that it can overcome setbacks in a positive way.

We face another stern test on Saturday week at home to leaders Buckingham, who are unbeaten in eight.

It will be another tough challenge for the lads, but what a scalp that would be to boost their confidence for games leading up to Christmas.

On the same theme, Reading Abbey will also take plenty of confidence from their display last weekend. They narrowly lost to in-form Beaconsfield, but pushed them all the way.

Finally, London Irish will be looking for a response to a heavy defeat at Gloucester when they host Bath this weekend.