14 Nov 2010 – YCAC vs Kamiiso
(East Japan Club Championships Semi Final)

YCAC v Kamiiso
Match report by Michael Hunt
Photos by Kyoko Obayashi
Video by Bruce Pflaum

YCAC 62 v Kamiiso 19 (Halftime: YCAC 35 v Kamiiso 0)
Tries: Sias Potgieter(2); Kane Hancy(2); Nathan Pflaum(2); Tim Le Nevez; Aran Delaney; Tony Baildon, Dougal Robertson
Conversions: Tim Le Nevez (6)

Winning builds a bond, and success feels goods and YCAC are looking strong heading into December. Working like a well oiled machine YCAC bulldozed their way into the East Japan Final with an impressive victory over the determined Kamiiso RFC. With the first team beginning to finally be comfortable playing with each other there was great interplay all day between the forwards and backs. From set pieces clean ball was won often and early and taken by the backs or forwards, tries were in abundance, clear communication was heard and special consideration needs to be paid to Dougal and Kane who confidently controlled the game. The first try was set up when Kane ran 100 meters for a try – what made this even more impressive, he started at the fifty. After running around and confusing his own players and clearly the other team he decided he had enough fun playing peekaboo and went and placed the ball nose up squarely under the post. Not to be out done Dougal on the next ruck picked up the ball on his own twenty-two and weaved in and out of the entire Hokkaido team breaking into the clear and then decided to throw a pass to a flanker who was trying to keep up but slowed when they saw the open field. Luckily an offside penalty was awarded to YCAC and the kick to the corner resulted in the maul being brought down. This is where the powerful forward Sias drove in for the first of his two tries. With inspiration from our nine and ten our tails were up and their noses were down, points continued to flow for the next twenty five minutes. When the half whistle blew YCAC had distanced themselves with great play and the superb boot of Tim (or is it Matt) Le Nevez. Halftime score was 35-0.

The second half started well with Brimman figuring out their line out call and stealing possession, the ball was passed out to the wing for a try in the corner but Eps got caught on the line by a dangerous tackle. The resulting penalty and a quick tap by Joe Fisher allowed the play to continue with a pass to Delaney who lumbered over the try line. The next two tries of the half came from a new Pflaum, Nathan, whose speed and look on the wing excited more than just his videographer. With the game in hand YCAC took their foot off the accelerator and let their engines idle and Kamiiso did not give up – they scored three well deserved late tries.
Afterward our captain spoke eloquently, the beer flowed, a goodbye was said to Dougal, and Delaney talked too much. It was a good day but players left with the feeling of wanting more, the desire to be champions and become the first foreign club to win the East Japan Club Championship. Tsukubarians will be a difficult opposition who will travel well. So on December 12th please plan on attending the final in Kumagaya to cheer on your club.


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