The afternoon match against the Gentle Giants always promised to be an epic event. The Gaijin needed a win if they wanted any chance of a respectable finishing position in the Shuto Div. 1 League. And with the departure of Rob Reinebach from the back row for a few months, we knew that the Gaijin would have to have a combined team effort in order to win.
The Tokyo Gaijin began their Autumn campaign in impressive style last Sunday, crushing the Girls 69-17 in sweltering heat at the Asahi Shimbun Ground. With some late team changes and a mere 45 minute warm-up, the Gaijin set off to what is becoming an almost habitual shaky start with missed tackles and eventually conceding the first try marring what was to overall become a clinical performance.
This club owes a great many things to Takeshi Takeda, but infallible administration is not one of them. Due to a clerical error in which, as so often happens, the word Saturday was mistaken for Sunday, the Gaijin lost a third of their most experienced operators before the tour even began. And that was back in the days, meaning the day before we left, when we thought we were only registered for the 10?s.