With the prediction of extreme weather, the Gordon West Cup Tie, between Holywood and Civil Service kicked off 20 minutes early.
As it was, a strong wind blew and rain fell creating challenging conditions both overhead and underfoot.
Report and pictures courtesy of Bob Given Photography
Both sides struggled with any continuity and with the ball like a proverbial bar of soap, any passing movements were at a premium.
On 10 minutes Civil Service took the lead through a well struck 45 metre penalty by Peter Hoskins. This proved to be the only score of the game.
Both teams attempted to play rugby but in the cold, wet conditions the game deteriorated into a series of knock ons and scrums.
Holywood pressed for a score in the 2nd half but the Service defence held firm for a 3 – 0 victory.