A shock win by the Tokyo Gaijin RFC over Mandara RFC in the Champions League (a.k.a the Cup Winners Cup) has put other powerhouse teams of the various Tokyo Competitions on notice. The Tokyo Gaijin RFC came back from a 22 v 5 halftime deficit to score 29 unanswered points to storm their way to an impressive 34 v 29 victory, with Mandara getting a consolation try at the death. The victory was possibly one of the best for the Gaijin over the past ten years. They had to overcome a powerful Mandara scrum and an overly officious and one-sided referee along the way to victory.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC assembled at Omiya Rugby ground for a 'Friendly' match against All France with two targets in mind...keep the winning run going and get as many new guys and less experienced guys game time as possible as they are probably not going to get it against Mandara in two weeks. Phillip Ferreira and Sean Hannon were having their first game for the Tokyo Gaijin RFC and in Sean's case, his first game of rugby ever.
This is the column where you find out what is happening with your team. Read on to find out about the comings and goings from your team, the rumours and innuendo, with a few sprinkles of real news to top it off. This is the first Around the Traps for three months and the first of 2012 so HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Tokyo Gaijin members and their families.