14 June 2009 YCAC vs Black Horse

Match report by Joe Fisher

YCAC 49  Black Horse 10 (HT 25-5)
Tries: Sias Potgieter (2), Steve Gray, Tristan Fahy, Joe Fisher, Brendon Timmins, Grant Thompson (2), Dougal Robertson
Conversions: Ben Duncan, Tristan Fahy

“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that is the way to bet.”
On an overcast day in Hodogaya YCAC powered their way into the finals of the Kanagawa League 2nd Division on the back of a commanding performance from the club’s big men.
With YCAC selecting a huge forward pack for this match it seemed likely that there would be plenty of opportunities to make ground close to the ruck and so it proved during the game. As things turned out it was actually the biggest of the big men - 195 cm and 135 kg lock Sias “Big Daddy Potheater” Potgieter – who took most advantage, grabbing the first two tries of the match by smashing his way through the defence from short range. Big Daddy Potheater then capped an excellent half of rugby by setting up a try for Steve “Big Cuzzy Bro” Gray through a nice off-load.
With YCAC dominating the set-pieces (especially the lineout) it was difficult for Black Horse to get their hands on the ball and two further tries followed in the first half – one to midfielder Tristan “I miss Dean” Fahy-Stallard after a typically well-angled run and one to the skipper after a typical piece of ball-hogging. Black Horse did manage one try before half-time but YCAC still went into the break with a healthy 20 point lead. However, to give Black Horse their due, they had not stopped trying and one can just imagine their team-talk at half-time: “OK. That was a tough half but these big guys have to get tired soon.” Unfortunately for them, YCAC had the luxury of changing four of their forward pack during the break, including replacing Potgieter with ex-Otago Highlanders player Brendon “Cheese” Timmins who made an immediate impact by breaking through a rolling maul to score within 120 seconds of the second-half restarting. One can also imagine the Black Horse team-talk in huddle under the posts at this point: “Bugger.”
The score from Timmins essentially put the result beyond doubt but, pleasingly, the YCAC side continued to apply themselves for the rest of the match. Determined not to let the YCAC forwards have things all their own way, midfielder Grant “Mr. Normal” Thompson (himself no midget at 190 cm) started showing the kind of physicality that got him temporarily promoted to the YCAC engine room last season and burst his way over for two second-half tries. Veteran half-back Dougal “The White Serevi” Robertson then finished the scoring off for YCAC by outpacing the cover defence to touch down a chip-kick put through by Cheese Timmins. This was probably the only moment of joy Kiwi Robertson has had in the past 24 hours as his French wife, not normally a rugby fan, has suddenly taken a strong interest in the game …
A final mention must to prop Erich “Freezer” Friess who, not wanting to disappoint the YCAC supporters (who included club president Simon “Still Dictatore” Ryan and the world’s biggest waterboy Jimmy “Night” Maher), ensured that the game finished with a bang rather than a whimper by getting involved in an altercation with the Black Horse hooker in the dying seconds of the match. By all accounts Freezer won the physical contest but the Black Horse rake won the verbal battle by unleashing a string of broken but expressive (and actually quite creative) insults at a stunned Friess before the final scrum – it was certainly the writer’s first time to hear the word “cun+rag” used on a rugby field.
Onwards and upwards to the final next Sunday.


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