The first half of this game offered neutrals the intriguing spectacle of perhaps the worst forty minutes of rugby played by any team anywhere in the universe, ever.You really had to be there. Unfortunately, among those on the sidelines, manager Joffa Harris can hardly be described as neutral.Not a bunny, not happy.
Sidelined player-coach Joffa Harris reminded the team before kick-off that the Gaijin had never (never!) lost in the first round of the Tokyo Cup. However, seldom has the club faced such a tricky opening fixture, against old rivals Higurashi with past results disturbingly even.
During our flight to Manila (via Hong Kong) the Tokyo Gaijin RFC created a lot of attention by being fully dressed in the traditional touring style of zori (sandals), yukata (summer kimono), and chonmage (topknot). We also had our youngest member, Chris Lucas, in a Peka Chu jumpsuit!
We arrived at our hotel (The Citadel) in downtown Manila (P.Burgos Street - Manila's version of Roppongi Dori) at and proceeded to immediately go out and engage in a 'meet and greet' session with the locals! It's fair to say they were even more impressed with our outfits than the Japanese were!!