6 Jan 2008 – YCAC Gents vs Minporen

YCAC 50, Minporen 22 (HT 17-5)
Gents Match Report – Steve Lewis
Photographer – Kyoko Obayashi

Tries: Shin (2), Gavin Moolman (2), Joe Fisher (2), Dougal Robertson, Epps
Cons: Matt Dimond (5)

Whilst the Japanese nation celebrated the start of the New Year with “sake”, the YCAC selectors decided to celebrate with “punch” and appointed Gavin Moolman as Captain for the match against Minporen. The most impressive side-step occurred before the match with Dougal Robertson avoiding a romantic trip to Kyoto and turning up in a white designer scrum-cap. The only excuse for such sartorial inelequence can be that it was a Christmas present from a loved one. Interesting that the loved one chose white rather than black (but, then again, anyone who loves a Kiwi will have destroyed every item of black clothing in the cupboard in the hope of avoiding mould from the flood of tears that issues forth at the memory of the Rugby World Cup).

Within the first two minutes, YCAC crossed the try-line only for it to be disallowed for offside. And what was to blame? Of course, the shiny white designer head gear which left the referee in no doubt that Dougal was in an offside position when he collected a charged down kick and scampered over the line. But Dougal was to have his try: scoring towards the end of the first half after earlier scores by Shin The Twin and Gavin “Captain’s Performance” Moolman. Minporen defended tenatiously throughout the first half and scored a good break-away try so that YCAC went into the half time interval with a slim 17-5 lead.

The second half saw a concerted burst of champagne rugby from YCAC with tries from Epps, Joe Fisher (2) and further tries from Shin The Twin and Gavin. Joe Fisher scored his tries with a combined yardage of over 100 yards comprising trundle, hand off, sprint and “shock horror of horrors” for the front row union, a side-step to beat the full back. Comfortingly for the YCAC forwards, outside centre Epps redressed the balance by repeatedly going for the “Kiwi side-step” (ie making a break, picking out the full back and running full tilt at him with a view to maximising the impact of collision). At one stage, the Minporen full back tried to side-step out of the way of Epps, but the collision was more important to Epps than the try and he nailed the guy again.

The aftermatch presentations and singing were superbly recorded by Kyoko who trebles up as medical officer, tee-carrier and photographer. Kyoko – the YCAC Boys are very grateful to you for your tremendous support.

Shin The Twin was selected for the Man of the Match drink-off against his twin brother who was playing for Minporen and between them they scored 4 tries a piece from fly-half. But our Shin has clearly got the genes that matter and whipped his twin in the drinking contest.

The final highlights were the award of the 42 Below Vodka for the Outstanding Moment of the Match to Tom (who happens to be the representative for 42 Below Vodka in Japan!) and a down-in-one sake from Saito-san.

For all you very Old Boys reading the match reports, Alan Jones watched from the side-lines. He claims to have been a centre, but surely one of you can give our existing centres some hope and confirm that he has only ever been a prop…

The Vicar

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