The big freeze may have put paid to a number of Heineken Cup games at the weekend, but Leinster were able to lay down a significant European marker as their clash with Clermont survived the conditions.
The 24-8 victory allowed Leinster to take a grip on pool two and put Clermont's qualification chances in real jeopardy. But it also had significance for Irish rugby as the win had its foundations in the impressive effort of Leinster's front row.
Prop Cian Healy had a magnificent game as he crossed for two tries, but it was perhaps the performance of tight-head Mike Ross that points to a brighter future for Ireland's often-criticised set piece.
Ask any Harlequins fan as to the importance of Ross and they will tell you their scrum has not been the same since he returned to his homeland.
Quins finished second in the Premiership and reached the Heineken Cup quarter-finals in 2009 when Ross shored up their front row, and he is now proving a key cog in Leinster's Celtic and European campaigns.
Healy may have earned the headlines with his two touch-downs, but the opportunities stemmed from Leinster's ability to pressure Clermont's renowned front row, which featured France's Grand Slam-winning loose-head Thomas Domingo and the granite-hard Georgian Davit Zirakashvili.
Ross left Quins to boost his chances of playing international rugby and he must surely now feature as Ireland's first-choice tight-head in the Six Nations.
Actually, Oval Talk would go as far as to suggest the 31-year-old's name should be the first on Declan Kidney's team sheet.
For too long the Irish scrum has struggled. They have enough decent ball carriers up front and it is about time they selected a tight-head who can actually scrummage.
Certain quarters may be looking to devalue the importance of the scrum - they wear green and gold, in case you didn't know - but thankfully there are more than enough people in the game who believe differently.
Indeed, Munster might have taken control of pool three had their scrum been more capable of withstanding the pressure exerted by the Ospreys front row of Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Paul James.
With the game in the balance, the scrum proved a crucial difference between the two sides and the Ospreys' dominance within it allowed them to secure the win that kept their qualifying hopes alive.
Perpignan downed Leicester in the previous round thanks to their front row, and France would not have won the Grand Slam last season had they not been able to retreat into their scrum against a resurgent England.
Les Bleus coach Marc Lievremont was correct when he summed up the game with the now well-known quote: "No scrum, no win."
Fans of Irish rugby should be smiling. Leinster's victory on a weekend when the importance of a strong scrum was reinforced could provide a solution to Ireland's failings of recent seasons.