Women's rugby takes next step
It's never a particularly cheerful experience queuing in the rain for a train away from south west London after an England rugby international.
But many of us standing in a downpour at Twickenham station last Saturday had unexpected smiles on our faces. We'd just witnessed an England win against New Zealand. And not just that - an England try, too.
Just a couple of hours after Steve Borthwick's team had trudged down the tunnel, reflecting on another autumn international defeat by the All Blacks - albeit one where they'd shown some true fighting spirit in defence - his female counterpart Catherine Spencer was leading her team in an ecstatic celebration of victory over the world champions.
It was the first time in eight years that England's women had overcome the Black Ferns. And they did it showing style and creativity that lit up a foul November afternoon.
When Spencer got onto the end of a break from prop Claire Purdy and crossed the line, the 12,500 fans who had stayed on after the end of the men's game went potty. It's not often this autumn that they've had the chance to cheer an England try.
Some were there as die-hard England women's rugby fans. But most, I suspect, knew the trains were all over the place as they often manage to be on a rugby Saturday (flooding at Feltham, apparently) and had decided to delay their departure.
Passing over the chance of karaoke in the Ruck and Maul bar, they had taken their beers back to their seats. And they were rewarded for their curiosity.
I sat alongside injured England flanker Tom Rees, who was witnessing his first full women's international, and was full of praise for the quality of the rugby on display, appreciating particularly the tireless running of Maggie Alphonsi, his fellow back row forward.
Just above us on the media gantry, a group of hardened hacks had stayed behind, too.
One TV commentator told me it felt like the good old days of watching rugby in the 1970s.
"There's more space for the backs to run into because the whole thing is less confrontational than the men's game - you're actually seeing players of all different shapes and sizes for once," he said.
England captain Catherine Spencer in action against New Zealand at Twickenham
"Let's not forget these are amateur players, not full time professionals - but I thought the skill sets on display were top notch".
He acknowledged there were mistakes being made out there, "but the men's game was hardly without error, was it?
"Even in that there were a few kicks you felt your granny would have made. I think any fan who relishes watching rugby players running and passing would have enjoyed it."
The victory couldn't have been better timed - the following day, the RFU announced details of next year's Rugby World Cup, to be held in this country for the first time.
Women's team sport in this country is enjoying a higher profile than ever, with England's Ashes winning cricketers being rightly feted for their achievements, and the footballers narrowly missing out glory at the European Championships last summer.
This could be the moment for England's women's rugby team to win long-awaited wider recognition for their skills - particularly as the Sevens version of the sport prepares to take its place in the Olympic programme in 2016.
And perhaps it's time to stop comparing how women play games which are traditionally the domain of men.
There are obvious physiological differences, let's face it. Women may not tackle as hard or kick as far as the guys but maybe the sceptics should be prepared to accept that it's the same game, just played differently.
If you were the incredulous and miserable looking bloke standing in front of me at Twickenham on Saturday, yes, I do mean you.
"Stay and watch women? Playing rugby? Why on earth would I want to do that?"
Well, if Catherine Spencer lifts that World Cup at The Stoop next September, maybe you'll wish you had. Like the rest of us, you could then have said, "Ah, I just knew they'd do it after that win over New Zealand at Twickenham."