It was rough, it was tough, and if there was poetry in the occasion – other than the verses by Owen Sheers, the Welsh Rugby Union's writer in residence, printed in the match programme – it was that of the coal face and the blast furnace.
No one can have a true understanding of the impact that Sachin Tendulkar has had on the Indian nation except by having sat, at some time during these past two decades, in the stands of an Indian cricket ground during a match involving the national team.
The British Boxing Board of Control got it absolutely right by taking away Dereck Chisora's licence for an indefinite period for brawling with David Haye in Munich last month.
Those Irish players who love to accuse their English counterparts of arrogance have clearly not met Stuart Lancaster.
"What this game needs to get it going," Big Ron Atkinson growled during a particularly sterile encounter in the 1996 European Championship, "is for two of the big lads to clatter into each other." Big Ron was always a man who relished a hearty collision of masculine bodies, chuckling gleefully as brick-faced defenders' elbows crunched into the jaws of jinking wingers and gurgling with delight at the sort of wrecking-ball tackle he dubbed "a reducer" – a phrase that seemed to have sprung straight out of a Mickey Spillane novel, as at times did Big Ron himself.
Nicky Henderson enjoyed what must surely rate as the most momentous day of his career here on Wednesday, breaking records at either end of the card.
Wales are ignoring the mess France find themselves in as they chase a third grand slam in eight seasons.
Amir Khan outpointed Chris Algieri to stay on course for a September showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but failed to deliver the statement that might have made the fight a mandate.
Even now, after so many gold-plated triumphs, Jessica Ennis-Hill retains the capacity to surprise.
Kell Brook marches on. The IBF welterweight champion stopped Frankie Gavin inside six rounds to retain his title and further the view he is a man who is well and truly for the big time, or to be specific, a clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.