27 Nov – YCAC Gents XV 39, Crusaders 14 & YCAC First XV 18, Crusaders 14

Tries: Lindsey Arand (2), Mike Dodson (2), Fraser Jamieson, Yuji Sato. Penalty:Fraser Jamieson. Conversions: Fraser Jamieson (3). Man of the Match:Andy Blacoe.

Tries: Stairs, Scott Pierce. Conversions: Ben Patu. Pens: Ben Patu (2)

The start of the Gents match resembled a Kentucky Fried Chicken slaughterhouse as YCAC had both wings removed in the opening minutes: Steve Morris (leg) and David Miles (ribs). The avian carnage was to continue throughout the game as two more YCAC wings departed: Jason Dunn (loss of consciousness) and Sushi Fujii (loss of pace).
In spite of the early set backs, YCAC started well and Fraser “My Dad Owns a Pie Shop” Jamieson bulldozed his way over the line for the opening score. Fraser has undoubtedly demonstrated the value of dispensing with a summer fitness programme and concentrating on a summer eating programme. Fraser’s arse is now so big that once set in motion, it becomes an unstoppable force. Fraser has scored four tries in five games and won the grand prize on tour by literary enveloping the Bucking Bronco with both cheeks.
But the Crusaders are made of sterner stuff than our usual Japanese opposition and soon hit back when the speedy Andy Bachtier scored under the posts. Lindsey and Yuji scored fine tries for YCAC only for the Crusaders to hit back again. Going in at half-time, YCAC had a slim 17-14 lead leaving everything to play for in the second half.
A raft of half-time substitutions resulted in the YCAC pack resembling a juggernault in which Gareth Hayward, Ben Kiggell, Buttocks Bohan-Pitt, Scott Sizemore and Mike Dodson were immense. Two push over tries from 5 metre scrums blew the Crusaders away and when Lindsey Arand tore through the Crusaders’ defence for a rapier-like try, the game was in the bag. Masa Nozaki played a superb cameo role at scrum half for the last 20 minutes. He has appeared “down in the dumps” for the last few weeks, but literary exploded with joy upon seeing the YCAC Ladies Hockey Captain on the touchline following her temporary departure from Japan.

The Firsts game was a classic tight and tough YCAC-Cru encounter and the four points that seperated the two teams at the final whistle is testament to that. The Cru must have known they were going to be losing the trophy and decided to hold onto it as long as they could by leaving it at the Hobgoblin. However, the boys did eventually get their hands on it a few hours, many beers and some harsh Scott Pierce words later at Hobgoblin. Vodka and redbull has never tasted better than out of the Gareth MacFadyen Trophy.
We scored two tries in the game. Ben Patu converted one and kicked two much needed penalties. The big man Stairs grabbed one try in the First half, which was matched by the Cru. Scott Pierce then proved once again he still has a lot left in the tank in the second half when Jimmy sent a kick through the Cru’s backs. Scotty was never going to let anyone near the ball except himself and he nonchalantly gathered and planted the ball under the pots to widen the YCAC lead. By the time the Crusaders scored their second converted try it was too late and the whistle blew on another YCAC victory (18-14).
To make up for a few mistakes in our offence we presented a solid line of defence that the Cru found very hard to breach and as we have not really been tested there so much this year it was impressive how the boys stepped up and kept the Cru out of sight of a victory. The defence was typified by the leader of the day, Jameo, who put his body on the line on numerous occasions and his defensive effort went a long way to winning him man of the match.
The day saw its fair share of injuries in both games and unfortunately Yoshi came off the worst of the lot of us and sustained a fairly serious forearm injury shortly after the 2nd half kick-off. He went under the knife on Wednesday and now has a handsome set of metal pins holiding him together.

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