23 Mar 2008 – YCAC Gents vs Fujisawa West | YCAC 1sts vs Quill

YCAC Gents 10, Fujisawa West 56 (HT 5-24), YCAC 1sts 50, Quill 21 (HT 21-7)
Gents Match Report – Steve Lewis, 1sts Match Report – Joe Fisher
Photographer – Kyoko Obayashi. Click here to view photos

Tries: Kenji Redgloves (2) 

As settlement of a legal action for defamation commenced by Conny Jamieson on behalf of her spouse, this week’s Match Report consists solely of an apology:

“Dear Fraser,

The Editor of the Gents Match Report apologises whole-heartedly for inaccurately stating that your buttocks are the same size as a buffalo and that your stomach is bigger than a pregnant hippopotamus. In future, the Editor will compare you only to athletic or cute animals such as lions, tigers or cuddly bunnies.”

The Vicar

Tries: Mike Griffin (2), Tony Baildon, Dougal Robertson, Maui Magele, Graham Creighton, James Brooks (2)
Cons: Graham Creighton (5)

The build-up for the 1sts final game of the regular season was completely normal – Mike ‘Black Sheep’ Griffin turned up one hour after the meeting time and Alex ‘Yes Sir’ Curran didn’t turn up at all. Disgusted with such behaviour, Dean ‘Fish’ Stallard has made improving the timeliness of his fellow Australians his own personal quest for next season. I for one wish him well, although I fear he has a tough road ahead of him …

One thing that has to be said for Griff though – for all of his unreliability off the pitch, he is always outstanding once he gets on the field. With a slightly rejigged backline for this match (Graham ‘The Human Pole’ Creighton at No. 10, Maui ‘Apocolypto’ Magele at No. 12, Grant ‘Rolls Royce’ Thompson at No. 15) Griff was the team’s rock in the midfield – brutal on defence and creative on attack – and managed to score the opening try of the match.

As the score sheet indicates, despite fielding a backline which had not logged a lot of time together it ended up being a productive day for the backs with them dotting down for seven of the team’s eight tries. Much of the credit for this must go to the forwards who did the basics well and ensured that the pretty boys enjoyed good quality possession all day. (Ed: Of course, a prop would say that.) Graham also deserves credit as well – he distributed the ball well from fly half, kicked well and scored a very good solo try. He was a deserved winner of the Man of the Match award.

One person who doesn’t appear on the score sheet but who does deserve a special mention is Grant Thompson. As befitting a man who works for Rolls Royce, Grant impressed with his smooth acceleration and excellent handling. It was Grant’s breaks from fullback that led directly to James ‘Windmill’ Brooks’ two tries, although to be fair to Windmill he did show good turns of pace in each instance to finish the movements off. Almost as good as the turn of pace that he showed in Bangkok to bolt from the ground when he turned up (extremely) late on Sunday and learned that his team-mates had already been knocked out of the tournament …

Joe Fisher


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