Saturday 20 Oct

Despite the rain on Saturday, Sunday was a splendid day for rugby. The first match of the afternoon saw the Gents taking on the always-stubborn Donkeys. The game was a spirited affair, with the Gents narrowly losing 29-20.
Fraser Jamieson’s off season weight gaining program paid off as he powered over for a try from 5 meters out. Jiro Inoue and James “Bollocks” Bohan Pitt marked their YCAC debuts by scoring tries and playing strong all-around games. Chris Osborn also touched one down. Due to the fragile state of the pitch, free kicks were used in place of scrums, negating the weight advantage of the Gent’s 900kg+ pack. Simon Tross-Youle was passing through town and fortunately remembered to pack his kit (although the some of it looked like it was borrowed from the Rugby Museum).

The 1st XV played the Japan Rugby League team that lost a close international fixture to the USA earlier this year. The match format was one half according to Rugby League laws and one half according to Rugby Union laws. The less said about the rugby league half the better. The YCAC had a difficult time picking up the nuances of the league game, including being back 10m after the tackle. YCAC rugby league specialists Al Feris, Dave Nicol and Go Kawai did their best to lead by example, however we fell well short with the score 34-6 after the League half. Rob “BP” Evans scored and converted the lone YCAC try. Chris Goddard, feeling left out for not needing stitches in the game against the Navy Seahwaks two weeks previous, went off at half time to get a couple (now he can grow a goatie as well).
The YCAC’s performance in the Union half was considerably better. Tight forward play and ball possession created many opportunities for the YCAC, however the Japan Rugby League prevailed by scoring the winning try on the last play of the game. Paddy Maloney and Rob Grant dominated the lineout play. Kevin Rideout and Rob Jee both had fine games. With the usual big try scorers (James Rogers, Arthur G-D-C, Terry Brink and Nick Garling) nursing injuries or sitting home watching rugby tapes (in the case of Garlo), Erich Friess was able to touch two down (10m combined), thus making Ben Kiggell a favorite to win the coveted “Golden Bagel” award this year. Jason Dunn scored his second try of the season. Score 19-15 after the Union half.

The Men of the Matches were Terry Dixon and Rob Jee for the Gents and 1st XV respectively. Both Terry and Rob easily won their drink offs against their counterparts. (The only aspect of Dougal’s all around game that wasn’t up to snuff). The League boys were well up to party and in Zoo’s absence, Rhino, Erich and Jason did their best to hold up the bar.

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