Dasewa (Toshima League) 27 Tokyo Gaijin (Shuto League) 40
On 29th January, the Tokyo gaijin RFC gathered at Shinshibamata to play against Dasewa, the champions of the Toshima League. We were filling in forthe Tokyo Crusaders as champions of the Shuto League. The Crusaders had a lot of their players in Bangkok for the Bangkok 10`s and as runaway winners of the second division in our first year in the Shuto League, we had the blessing of the League's higher powers to take their place.
The Gaijin were confirmed as unbeaten Ichihara League Champions with this hard-fought win over the battling Ichihara Club from Chiba.The Gaijin, on paper at least, had a good side out and the conditions were perfect on everyone's favourite concave pitch for some grandstand running rugby.Instead, the first five minutes were notable for Mark Pearson murdering his opposite number at the pit-head of the set scrums.
In a turnaround on recent current events it was the Idemitsu team that would end the day in the red, as they failed to match the increase in points that TGRFC community action force managed to put on the board.
It was a long trip for some out to Anegasaki in the middle of godforsaken dog rape Chiba.Some of the team members were up at the crack of dawn along with the service station attendants just to be at the meeting place on time.
The team gathered at Yamate in the Hilly suburbs of Yokohama for what was to be a day of celebration for the members of the Tokyo Gaijin Rugby Football Club.Unfortunately this had no reason to do with us winning a tournament, it was more in relation to the fact that Team YCAC didn?t.