Lizzie's performance of Abide with me had me the most emotional I have ever been at a sporting event.
I always shed a little tear thinking about my now departed dad, but yesterday just amplified everything and I was blubbing like a 3 year old! Not just me though, I had a look around and everyone around me were wiping their eyes.
An inspirational, brave performance from Lizzie, a genuine heartfelt ovation from the crowd. A moment that made you proud to be part of the Rugby League family.
Approximately 30s in. This is why we have "Abide with Me." Because it allows us all to remember those we've been to games with or those we've lost who are no longer with us.
"Abide with me" makes me cry as soon as it strikes up. Instantly I think of being at Wembley with my now departed dad or being sat in a pub somewhere watching the Challenge Cup final with him.
I like to think he would be looking down watching the game as there is no way he would want to miss it! I guess with Rugby League being such a family game, thousands of others will hold similar sentiments.
Lizzie and the Jones family have my utmost sympathy and respect in how they are dealing with Danny's death. For once the RFL have to be congratulated for suggesting this. I for one will be singing along with Lizzie and hope 80,000 others will too.
It was a good weekend with a lot of closely fought games.
As exciting as the finish at the Cas v Saints game was, I think it was eclipsed by the end of the Canberra v North Queensland game.
Scores locked at 20 all with 60 seconds left. Jonathan Thurston takes a shot at a drop goal, charged down by Sia Soliola. Two tackles later, another Thurston drop goal attempt, charged down again by Soliola again (amazing effort). The ball is worked out to the right, surely the wrong option? The ball is played and spun to Thurston, the hooter sounds, Thurston's drop kick evades the despairing charge down attempt of three Raiders players and goes between the posts!