The weekend of the 17th and 18th of March, 2012, was one of the biggest on record in the 20+ year history of the Tokyo Gaijin. Not only was it the first time that the Tokyo Gaijin had earned the right to play in the final of the Cup Winners Cup, but they had earned the right to do so by beating two of the strongest teams in the compeitition in qualification. Added to this was the unfortunate timing of the final, as it clashed with the long planned tour of the Tokyo Gaijin to the Manila Tens as they have done every year for the past six years.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC turned up at Hino Motors Rugby Ground out in western Tokyo for a date with Supermen RFC, hoping to emulate their history-making win over Mandara Club two weeks prior. After two heavy defeats to the tune of over 30 points last year to the Supermen RFC, the Tokyo Gaijin RFC were keen on making amends and turning the tables on the caped crusaders. They were lucky to have Tsukasa Takasugi back from Kyushu to replace Takayuki Kitajima at tight-head prop and also big Samoan forward, Maoula Sega, guesting for them during a one month stay in Tokyo. A win would bring the TGRFC into the Final of the Champion's League (a.k.a the Cup Winner's Cup) which the Gaijin Club had never managed before in their 21 year history, being knocked out in the second round on each occassion they had made the Champion's League.
The Tokyo Gaijin RFC's winning streak of 11 games came to a thudding halt against the Kichioiji Wild Turkeys when they went down 29 v 24 in a rather poor performance out at Akigase Koen. After a day of rain the field was quite muddy and riddled with puddles which made for a very messy game. In what was largely an experimental side, the Gaijin backline seemed all at sea at times and struggled to contain the Wild Turkeys standoff who marshalled his backline very well and kicked to great effect.
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.