20 Feb – YCAC Gents XV 30, Kurumi 12 & YCAC First XV 36, Kurumi 12

Tries: James Robertson (2), Luke Ramo, Fraser Jamieson, Sias Potiger Penalty: Ben Patu Conversion: Fraser Jamieson

The Gents’ match reminded the aficionados of the story of the Young Bull and the Old Bull. Both were standing at the top of the hill gazing down at a herd of cows when the Young Bull turned to the Old Bull and said “Let’s run down there and shag one of those cows”. The Old Bull turned slowly to the Young Bull and said “Let’s stroll down there and shag ’em all”. That was the story of this match. Kurumi started at a cracking pace and scored 2 tries within the opening 5 minutes to go 12-0 up with their young backs sprinting all over the field. From then on, the YCAC juggernaut took control with the ball only ever appearing occasionally from “up the jumper” as rolling maul after rolling maul crashed over the Kurumi try line.
In recent months, Simon Litster has been close to gaining a new nickname, but it was no Simon “Porcelain” Litster who took the field on Sunday. Instead, it was the Mighty Simon Litster of old who controlled the pack and ultimately the game: scoring YCAC’s opening try in determined fashion. Indeed, 3 of the YCAC tries were scored by forwards who have experienced the joys of their 50th year: Simon Litster, Scott Sizemore and Doddy. Every week, Scott pushes in the scrum, throws the ball in to the line out and occasionally stamps/punches/throttles the opposition, but on Sunday he caught a pass and drove through the Kurumi defence to score his first try for over 3 years (winning the Man of the Match Award in the process). Doddy came off the bench for a cameo performance with 15 minutes to go and scored with this first touch of the ball: charging a full 15 metres to the line as the crowd shouted in uncontrollable joy and astonishment. Luke Ramo and Kieron Dwyer also scored excellent tries: Kieron Dwyer returning from injury to produce a prodigious performance in the centre. Only at YCAC do you turn up for your first game for months after a serious injury asking for half a game because you need to “take it easy” and then get thrown into two full games (Gents and firsts), but Kieron coped manfully until his back injury got the better of him towards the end of his second game. A young chap making his debut at flanker also scored a couple of tries: but this was a victory for the “Old Guard”.
Tries: Simon Litster, Luke Ramo, Scott Sizemore, Doddy, Kieron Dwyer, Mike The Seventeen Year Old Cons: Fraser Jamieson (4)

Despite being shorn of its Sheep-Shaggers in Chief, the YCAC lamb got on its hind legs and roared on Sunday in the face of overwhelming adversity. Captain Dougs had departed these shores on Thursday morning informing the chaps that he was heading back to New Zealand to attend a wedding. The boys became mighty suspicious when the YCAC Groupie was also absent from Sunday’s match. Was Captain Dougs attending his own wedding without telling the chaps? What kind of cad shuffles off to New Zealand to get married in secret without inviting any of his mates to join the party… President Rhino… have a word! But then again, perhaps Captain Dougs had invited one or two last minute guests as Stairs, Marcus and Big Mac failed to turn up for Sunday’s match. The afternoon took on a yet more disastrous note when The Sock departed early with a first half hip injury (forwards are really not made to gyrate: trips to Muse the night before the game will only be permitted henceforth on condition that the dance floor is avoided at all costs).
The result of the “no shows”, injuries and shot-gun wedding was that the Sensational Six from the 2nd Team were required to play a second match: Luke Ramo, Terry Dixon, Masahiro Ishida, Fraser Jamieson, Ian Miller and Kieron Dwyer. Fortunately, both Ben Patu and James Robertson were on top of their game and Maui was back with his crunching tackles. James scored two early tries and Ben put over a penalty, but Kurumi were soon back in the match with a try of their own. Deep into the second half, the match was still in the balance when the scales were tipped even further against YCAC when referee/touch-judge combined to administer two yellow cards in the space of 4 minutes. Luke Ramo was dispatched for being too big and macho whilst Masa Ishida received his marching orders for mistaking a black scrum-cap for the white match ball. But just as England had held out the mighty All Blacks in Wellington in the Summer of 2003, YCAC dug deep and held out the marauding Kurumi for the full 10 minutes when they were down to just 13 men (Editor’s Note: In the light of recent England performances, the editor is desperately searching for a Welsh ancestor). Mike Brooke and Dan Clarke were inspired in the front row and Luke Ramo put in a colossal performance at second row with some tremendous open field running (including a try). Sias got in on the action, wrestling the ball from the oppo, side-stepping a couple of Kurumi backs (just like a nimble-footed centre) and racing 20 metres to score. The piece de resistance was when Fraser Jamieson climbed off the bench to put in a tremendous Man of the Match winning performance at fly-half (including a match-sealing try and conversion). In spite of the eventual margin of victory, this was a match where the season’s unbeaten record had hung in the balance. The guts and determination of the YCAC 1st Team spoke volumes about the team spirit pervading the Club in these cold, dark February days.


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