22 Feb 2009 – YCAC vs Acorn

YCAC 34, Acorn 38 (HT 22-12)
Kenji (3), Dom, Arnaud, Epps
Cons: Tristan (2)

With the YCAC 1st Team rubbing who knows what at the Bangkok 10s, the Acorn players were rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of putting out their First Team against YCAC Gents. Acorn had not beaten YCAC for over five years and this was an opportunity they could not resist.

Fortunately, a select group of the Impecunious, the Godly and the Newly-wedded amongst the 1st Team remained in Japan to put up stiff resistance. With the wind blowing vigorously, Capitan Steve Marcon won the toss and elected to play with the elements. The first half saw YCAC dominate with fine tries from flanker-cum-winger Kenji, Arnaud and the Dominator. YCAC’s kicking performance left much to be desired and the only conversion was gained thanks to Frenchman Arnaud squirming his way under the posts as only a Frenchman can do.

Turning round 22-12 ahead, YCAC was soon felled by a sucker-punch from Acorn as the American accent emanating from the mealy-mouth of one of Acorn’s Japanese backs completely confused our two marines who allowed someone they saw as a home-coming compatriot to waft his way beneath the YCAC posts.

Temporarily, YCAC fell apart and two further tries left our boys teetering on the brink at 22-33. However, inspiration was provided by Captain Marcon momentarily confusing his role as “Skipper for the Day” for “Skippy for the Day” as he impersonated a boxing kangaroo to the horror of the Acorn pack. This display of plucky spunk inspired his troops who came roaring back with further tries from Epps and Kenji. With Acorn pinned in their own half, the referee called “last play of the day”. There then followed an amazing passage of play in which Acorn maintained possession for a full five minutes before the plucky YCAC lads capitulated in exhaustion as the lanky Acorn winger dived over in the corner to snatch victory. To add to YCAC’s woes, the Dominator limped from the pitch clutching his injured groin.


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