The Tokyo Gaijin RFC entered two teams into their first attempt at winning the Edogawa 7's. For the first time ever the Gaijin decided to go with a 'Locals' team and an 'Aliens' team with all their Japanese players in the former and all the foreigners of the squad in the second team. With 16 teams competing they would be doubling their chances of silverware.
In a closely fought encounter at the lovely, grassy Tatsumi Field the Tokyo Gaijin RFC held on to beat a mixed team of players from various teams in and around Tokyo that we'll call the Tokyo Barbarians 48 v 46. The match was not pretty and littered with mistakes and some poor tackling at times, but there was a lot of running rugby on display and plenty of tries.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC were fighting to stay in the Tokyo Cup 1st Division when they all gathered at Misato to do battle with Shinjuku Jacks in a relegation/promotion match. (I have visions of Gareth Palmer in a tight black cat woman style suit right now belting out 'I will survive' - don't know why!) The Gaijin had been rather disappointing in the two previous Tokyo Cup games and were shellshocked by the last minute loss to Olivers RFC in the last round.