4 Mar 2000

The Gents lost their fixture to the weather once again, while the first XV took on Tokyo Crusaders for the Gareth MacFadyen Memorial Trophy. The pitch was a mudbath, but the sun came out a couple of hours before kick-off and a big crowd (mostly Cru reserves!) meant there was a great atmosphere.
The conditions meant there was little opportunity for the champagne rugby for which YC&AC is famous, but the early hits made it clear there was going to be no lack of commitment from either side. They threatened our line a few times, but never crossed, and we turned round 5-0 up at halftime after (another) try from James Lovegrove off a short penalty.
In the second half, we probably didn’t make as much use of the wind and the prodigious Dillon boot as we should have done, and the almost endless supply of fresh Cru players made a difference, but we still stopped them crossing our line. The price we paid, though, was a series of penalties, two of which they kicked for a 6-5 lead. We forced our way back into their half in the dying seconds and won a penalty about 30m out, but Brian Dillon’s brave effort drifted just wide and the Cru finished as winners. There were too many good performances to single them all out, but Rich Heaslip deserves a mention for a storming debut, Brian Dillon played well, and Danny LeBlanc had a couple of storming runs.
Mr & Mrs MacFadyen presented the trophy to Cru skipper Rob Keay straight after the game in a touching ceremony, and it was clear that the event meant a lot to them. All those who were involved in any way can be proud of their contribution, both in providing some comfort to Gareth’s family an in strengthening the bond between our club and the Crusaders. All we have to do now is make sure we win the pot back next year.
Finally it’s worth noting that although we have won one & lost one against each of our gaijin rivals this season, we have only let in one try in 4 games – a credit to our defence.

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