27 Nov 2010 – YCAC vs Koyama RFC

YCAC Gents vs Koyama RFC
Match report by Neil ‘Teflon’ Smith and photos by Kyoko Obayashi

YCAC 52 – Koyama RFC 27

My club’s annual pilgrimage to the spiritual home of rugby in Japan once again ended in tears. The presence of both a former Japan international lock forward and my eldest son—who fought off the persistent calls from YC&AC to turn against his father—were instrumental in Koyama recording a record score of 27 points (five tries) in a contest going back to 2004. This would normally have been enough to ensure victory but we had not accounted for the presence in the YC&AC team of SBW’s younger brother.

This monster, who switched from No.8 to 2nd five-eight and seemed to be bloody near everywhere on the pitch, broke the valiant defense of Koyama on numerous occasions either to score the try or to run in one of the ever-present support runners.

The contest was evenly-matched in scrums, rucks, mauls, and even the lineouts, where Teflon was in his old position of #2. The worst feature of the match was that our skipper, the hooker, never once saw fit to call #2, so the YC&AC were deprived of seeing me once again dominate the front of the lineout.

One of the genuine highlights for Koyama was our right-wing doing a Bryan Habana impression by stealing a clean intercept and racing down the touchline to score in the corner.

By our count, the final score was 52-27 and I finish this report with Arnold’s famous line, “We will be back!!!”

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