Mon 3 Nov – YCAC 10-a-side

YCAC retained the 10s trophy with a stiring display, beating Acorn in the final as we did when we won the title for the first time in 2001.
The first opponent of the day was the fearsome Zenkai Beers, mostly feared for their aftermatch dancing. Bright eyed and energetic after a quiet Sunday night, the boys opened the match with a flurry of tries, run in from all over the park. Half time YCAC 24 Zenkai Beers 0. The second half began with Fraser assuming his rightful position in the second row. In the forwards, Fraser and Jameo each scored two tries and Big Masa scored one. The backs pumped in another five tries with Go and Nathan looking particularly prolific.
Next up for the boys in blue (and red and yellow this season) were the Tokyo Gaijin, a club specializing in 10’s in years gone by, as regulars in the HK Football Club 10’s. The Gaijin got off to a good start with heaps of and possession and led the YCAC 7-0 at the half. Dougal sparked the side in the second half with a try in the corner after running blind side off a YCAC scrum. Two more tries were tallied in the second half as the YCAC cruised to a 17-7 victory and a trip to the finals!
Acorn dispatched the Crusaders 31-5 in the semis to earn their spot in the finals. After the free flowing rugby played earlier in the day, the final was more like trench warfare- scrum after scrum after scrum (Fraser gaining valuable second row experience all the while) due to wet conditions and a damp referee. The YCAC led 5-0 at the half after a Nathan Ashley try. Acorn scored an early second half try to take the lead and would have increased their lead if not for a dramatic try saving tackle by Nathan. If after reading this, you assume that Nathan was doing most of the work, you assumed correct, Nathan put the YCAC ahead on lovely chip, chase, catch, and run! Go Ito nailed Acorn’s coffin shut with a last minute try.

Nathan Ashley was a well deserving Player of the Tournament and a key architect of Friday night’s strategy session. Special mention also goes to Rhino and his appendix, which had to be removed two days later.
First round: YCAC 60 Zenkai Beers 0
Second round: YCAC 17 Gaijin 7 (all our points in the 2nd half)
Final: YCAC 17 Acorn 7

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