6 Dec – YCAC Gents XV 15, Crusaders 15 & YCAC First XV 10, Crusaders 35

The Gents-Cru match was a competitive and highly entertaining game to watch. After trading blows, tries and penalties, the two sides settled for a 15-15 draw. The Gents had dispatched the Cru the two previous meetings and a tie was welcome result for them. Gents try scorers were Kuri and Milo/Paddy on a combined push-over. Roy Leckie managed one conversion and Chis “Ozzy” Osborn slotted the game tying penalty.

The 1XV took the field without two perennial “Crusader Killers”, Terry Brink and Rich Freeman. The Crusaders suffered a loss on the opening kickoff when Rob Keay’s hand was pulped by the boot of one of his teammates. Fraser opened the scoring on a burst after taking a short pass from Dougal. The Cru leveled the score 10 minutes later benefitting from some deft blocking up front on a 5m ruck. Dougal put the YCAC up 10-8 on a controversial try in corner, for which the Cru supporters whinged uncontrollably on the sidelines. All in all, the first half was a tightly contested affair, in which the YCAC should have been leading 5-3 when the whistle blew, but instead we were up 10-8.
The second half was another matter, and the Cru roared out of the gates, determined to wrest the Gareth Macfayden Cup back after two successive defeats. The YCAC didn’t show up to play the second half and the Cru dominated the loose play (and set pieces, for that matter). After shooting mostly blanks in first half, Nathan “the Sapporo Snake”, playing an erect standoff, started to heat up in the second half. After discharging a load of ball to the Cru backline, Nathan was cocky enough to attempt a 50m drop goal, which sprayed just wide of the posts. Big gaps opened up for the Cru and they successfully pumped in 4 second half tries. Nathan, well drained, was named the “Male Performer” of the Match. The best side on the day, the Cru, won convincingly 35-10. We put on a very disappointing performance in the second half,

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