In what was the earliest start of the Shuto League campaign so far, the Gaijin had more than a battle on their hands with the lethargic way that they warmed up and ran through drills before the game started. Also the ritual of the rugby laws education before the game, which was quite ironic given the referee's lack of respect for the most basic rules of rugby, all pointed to the game being one of those poor performances that the Gaijin manage to pull out of the bag in every Shuto campaign to cut down any momentum and put the Championship in doubt.
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With a two week hiatus in the Shuto League the Tokyo Gaijin RFC arranged a ‘Friendly’ match against the Fevers RFC in the interests of giving more game time to newcomers and less experienced players. The Fevers RFC were an unknown quantity as it is believed that they do not actually play in any league and go from ‘friendly’ match to ‘friendly’ match. The game was set to be played at the Musashi Sports Complex in Mitaka City, a beautiful oval surrounded by a running track and flanked by a rather large grandstand. After a day of rain the weather gods were also happy, with the game played in nice spring sunshine.
On a day when a trans-Tasman clash was the focus for many rugby followers the world over, it was on the fields of Inagi where the Tokyo Gaijin were meeting the All Jin Jan (AJJ) team for a competition defining match of their own.