2 Mar 2008 – YCAC Gents vs Sanyo Clothing | YCAC 1st Team vs Niigata Ibis

YCAC Gents 26, Sanyo Clothing 10 (HT 14-10), YCAC 1st Team 12, Niigata Ibis 33 (HT 0-14)
Gents Match Report – Steve Lewis, 1sts Match Report – Joe Fisher
Photographer – Kyoko Obayashi

YCAC Gents
Tries: Neil Smith, Fraser Jamieson, Go Ito (2)
Cons: Fraser Jamieson (3)

When arranging a fixture with Sanyo Clothing, the YCAC Fixture Secretary had anticipated that the designer brand clothing company would bring a bunch of lingerie models to grace the playing fields of Yamate. How wrong could he be as it turned out that Sanyo Clothing were a bunch of old blokes who could not even rustle up 15 matching rugby shirts. The disappointment was so intense that the Gents took their eye off the ball and within 10 minutes Sanyo had scored 2 tries with YCAC hardly getting a touch.

In times of adversity, the rugby mantra is “go back to basics”. Well, they don’t get more basic than Neil Smith who had made a 1,500km pilgrimage to YCAC in a last ditch attempt to save the grass pitch. The YCAC Board of Directors are proposing that the sacred turf be ripped up at the end of April and the great Club Man that he is, Neil “Teflon” Smith arranged a presentation to the Board to explain how with proper turf management, the grass could flourish and the plastic be consigned to the dustbin. Despite an excellent presentation, Neil’s efforts in this regard are almost certainly futile as so often have been his efforts on the rugby field. But on Sunday, Teflon sparked the YCAC revival by bulldozing over the line from 2 metres out after joining a trademark Gents rolling maul.

Not only was Teflon starring at prop, but another veteran YCAC superstar was plying his enigmatic trade at fly half. Given that he is now 25 stone and has the girth of a pregnant hippopotamus, it was astounding that Fraser Jamieson could make a break from 30 metres out and weave his way behind the opposition’s posts without any Sanyo player laying a hand on him.

The match was finely poised at 14-10 at the half-time break when Go Ito appeared on the side lines after being released early from engagement ring shopping at Tiffany’s. Go was in exuberant mood and scored 2 tries to win the game before announcing his June wedding.

The Vicar

YCAC 1st
Tries: Matt Creagh, Willie Lapthorn
Cons: Ben Duncan

When KRAC requested that our annual Interport fixture be pushed back two weeks from the original date of 1 March 2008 a vacancy was created in the YCAC schedule so meticulously put together by Steve ‘The Vicar’ Lewis. Seeing an opportunity for another trip to the city and its bath-houses, Niigata resident and Gents behemoth Naiki ‘Nike’ Yoshio quickly arranged a match against Niigata Ibis, the top team in his region, to fill the gap.

(Actually, Niigata Ibis are more than just the top team in the Niigata region, they are in the top six club teams in the Japan East region. The other five are Tamariba, Hokkaido Barbarians, Koryo, Mitaka All-Comers, and Sattetsu.)

If the scoreboard above tells the story, then a description of the two team’s contrasting warm-ups paints the picture:

1:30 pm – 1sts captain ‘Slow’ Joe Fisher arrives to help the Gents warm-up and notices Niigata Ibis already stretching.

1:45 pm – 1sts official meeting time. There are approximately five 1sts players at the ground. Niigata Ibis running through moves.

3 pm (15 minutes before K.O.) – There are eleven 1sts players at the ground. No meaningful team build-up possible with hooker, lock, halfback, and midfielder absent. Niigata Ibis hitting tackle shields in an orderly but violent fashion.

The famous American football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said:
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Joe Fisher


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