The new season was launched with a convincing victory over well-drilled Musashino. After a few Sundays training, the Gaijin were unusually coherent both in the forwards and backs. This meant the team could make their weight advantage tell in the loose, and by the end the smaller Musashino forwards were on their knees.
Tokyo Gaijin 41, Musashino B.P.C 3
Tokyo Cup 1st Round -- The Gaijin are back. The new season was launched with a convincing victory over well-drilled Musashino. After a few Sundays training, the Gaijin were unusually coherent both in the forwards and backs. This meant the team could make their weight advantage tell in the loose, and by the end the smaller Musashino forwards were on their knees. New captain, Slow Joe Fisher, led from the front, scattering black shirts with some frightening charges in open play, sound-effects included. With Joffa and Murray also bashing big holes in the defence, the backs had a platform from which to work. And in the sunshine, work they did, Blake and Joe keeping the impressive Musashino midfield runners at bay while Chuckie came floating on to attacking balls from full-back. After a few stutters in the early line-outs, the pack was rock-solid, Mauro and Mike stoking it up in the engine room and Mark Pearson an unshiftable cornerstone at the scrums. This was a genuine team effort, with all the replacements keeping the pressure on the opposition, Nick and Hiroshi in particular both relishing the occasion as seven tries were scored from all parts of the field. The combative Takashi sprinted one in from close range, and I think Yukio finished some strong running somewhere over the try-line. As part of his overall dynamic display, So Nagishima almost certainly scored, and Takeshi finished off a fluid back-move by dotting down in the corner. I seem to remember Todd (The Body) Collins running fifty yards down the wing bouncing off any Musashiners rash enough to approach him. But I could be wrong. This was a great day out which made the collective effort and the long journey more than worthwhile. The aim is to have a good time, for players, suppporters, helpers. Even Jerry. Mission accomplished, so let's try and reproduce more of the same for the 2nd round on As the older guys like to say, with a nostalgic tear in their eye: Go You Good Thing. Special thanks to Ayako Number 1, Ayako Number 2, Aaron Dauber, Jerry, Sean Brady, Shino Iwasaki,Mizue Sauco, Paul Williams,Terumi Harris, Niall Conlon, mini-Murray, and Joffa's brothers. New Gaijin motto: We Need You More Than You Need Us.