Sunday 26 January

All Jinga intending to intimidate, turned up in various shades of lavender jerseys. A very mature Gents side led by Scotty Sizemore, Doddy, Trosse and Milo had been around the block a few times and seen far worse at Motown 1. The first 15 minutes saw the Gents camped out on All Jinga’s 10m line. Scrum, after scrum All Jinga withstood the advances only to turn the tables and score first. The Gents answered with a nifty try by Andy from the #9 position. Ian the Aussie, wondering why he was 20 years under the avg. team age, decided that youth should pick up the ball and run with it, and run he did, from 50m out to put the Gents in the lead. Terry “Wing-nut” Dixon, on a bit of a scoring binge himself (last weekend in the YCAC parking lot), converted two push over tries (muscled in by Brooky, Trosse and Hosky). Chris “Ozzy” Osborn finding his land legs slotted one conversion. Terry, with time to spare before his date in the parking lot, sucked down a pint as the Man of the Match. Final Score Gents 22 All Jinga 12

Having been dispatched with reasonable ease in November, a very determined Gaijin side took the pitch on Sunday. The Gaijin scored (and converted) the match’s first try, however Rich Freeman and the YCAC answered with a try of our own to bring to score to 5-7. Despite well applied pressure, the YCAC squandered several opportunities to take the lead before half time. The Gaijin struck first in the second half and moved their lead to 12-5. Their skipper was confident that they were going to secure Roppongi bragging rights. However fear not, Yoshi “Malts” Amano, who had his five game consecutive scoring streak broken last week, interception an ill advised pass and broke several tackles enroute to bringing the YCAC within 2 points. Arthur G-D-C was a stretcher victim (in part to see what was happening at the Bluff Clinic) and Go “Stay” Kawai limped off with a bad ankle. Terry, Charlie and Bollox fought the war in the trenches, while Go Ito, Ian the Aussie and Ozzy kept the Gaijin backline honest. Brooky and Nike came on setting the platform to provide clean ball to the backline. From which, Simon “Hog” Hague, captivated the audience with a scintillating 50m scoring run to put the YCAC up 15-12. In the waning minutes of the game, Ozzy kicked a penalty kick to top off a 18-12 come from behind victory. Yoshi was a well deserving Man of the Match.

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