Superman, a team that The Tokyo Gaijin were only too familiar with having played them last year in the Tokyo Cup and in the corresponding fixture two years ago, were once again the opposition for the Champions' League Final. The game was to be played on a mild spring afternoon at Yanokuchi and pre-match spirits were high within the Gaijin camp as the team had notched a couple of comfortable victories in the weeks prior.
The Gaijin turned up to Yanokuchi Field to play a 'Friendly' game against Akanegahama RFC, in what has become an annual fixture. The game was a chance to give new players more game time and work on team tactics in preparation for the upcoming 'big game' against Supermen in the Champions Cup (a.k.a The Cup Winners Cup).
Upon arriving at the normally well kept Shin-Shibamata Rugby ground, the TGRFC realised that the previous tactics of utilising a big forwards would again be on the cards. The condidtions were anything but suitable for running rugby with generous amounts of surface water meaning the ground had to be turned around to keep the pitch clear of the large muddles. As this was the case there were no posts on the field and tries would be the decider of the game.