Sunday 24 November

With several YCAC legends (Doddy, Meat and SS Lister) in attendance, the boys put on two solid performances, and walked away with two wins on the afternoon.
The Gents soundly defeated the London Japanese 31-5. Active YCAC legends, Rhinoand Fraser, put on a dazzling tactical display. Rhino scored one try and slotted 3 conversions. Forwards, Al Ferris and Gareth Hayward, each scored once. Kevin Gibson was busy in the #9 shirt and touched down once, while a slimmed down Luke Ramo powered through for one score. Robbie Grant and Bollocks wrecked havoc in the loose. The lone London Japanese try (and it was a dandy) was scored by our own Mike King, who was helping out the Japanese, who were a bit short.
The Man of the Match was Doddy, who when he realized the boys could use a bit of help, came in the second half at great personal sacrifice (giving his full beer to an injured Mike Benner).

From the kickoff, the Firsts shot out of the blocks with great intensity. Despite the YCAC forwards applying tremendous pressure in the opening 10 minutes, the Gaijin scored first on a broken backline play. With added resolve, the YCAC quickly mounted an attack and scored off of a well executed lineout, Rob Evans made the difficult conversion to put the YCAC in the lead 7-5. The forwards’ manhandling of their Gaijin counterparts resulted in one pushover try and two tries driven in from lineouts. James “Elephant Man” Rogers and Robbie “Fire Starter” Grant each scored twice. Arthur GDC, playing with a pained look on his face, also scored a first half try. First half score YCAC 28, Gaijin 5.
To their credit, the Gaijin didn’t quit and the second half was more competitive. Brookey pitched in (for his second match of the day!) and propped (avoiding the scrums being uncontested) for the Gaijin after their tighthead left with an injury. Centers Kevin Rideout and Rob “Bush Pig” (one try) created some opportunities with strong running. Newcomers Nick Dreves and Charlie Baynes-Reid played with aplomb. Final score YCAC 38, Gaijin 17.
Special thanks to several players who played two matches on the day- Robbie Grant, Gareth Hayward, Brookey and Charlie.
Running away with Man of the Match honors for the third time this season was Robbie Grant! For all practical purposes, boat races against Robbie are uncontested.

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