27 Feb – YCAC Gents XV 12, All Kanagawa 53 & YCAC First XV 60, All Kanagawa 17

A complete balls-up by the Kanagawa RFU left the Gents facing a strong Tamariba first XV on Sunday. We were no match for their pace out wide and didn’t see enough of the ball to spend any time taking their forwards on at close quarters. Rhino led a stiring fightback in the final quarter, scoring one try and setting up another for Lindsay, but it was a drop in the ocean.

The firsts had a rather easier time of it against weaker oppo. Jimmy Robertson scored SEVEN tries himself. The opposition and the YCAC outside backs saw little of the ball as Jim spent most of the game in possession and in the oppositionªfs in-goal area racking up scores in the Firstªfs 60 – 17 victory. Either the boys were a bit more controlled this week or the referee was blind to indiscretions (quite possible given his inability to penalize the blatantly crooked opposition scrum feeding that resembled something out of a league game) as despite a bit of frustration, and unlike last week, we managed to keep the yellow card in the refªfs pocket. What some would take as murderous mutterings in Afrikaans and reckless Size 16 stomping from Sias must have been seen by the referee as constructive criticism and well deserved and appropriately placed rucking. Yuji, Ken (Daisukeªfs buddy, who played on the wing) and Robertson Snr. were the other try scorers. Fraser ªgthe highland bootªh Jamieson converted five conversions for a 50% strike rate. Naike, ªgThe Platformªh was awarded player of the day for his rock solid performance up front alongside the other forwards, who laid the solid foundations for the ten back tries.

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