50 – 15
Tokyo Crusaders RFC – Fevers RFC
Referee: YOSHIOKA


By Ryuji Matsuzawa

One couldn’t ask for a better day to play rugby as the Cru arrived in Mitaka for a friendly versus the Fevers – mild temperature, a rare Saturday game and the Captain’s stag party scheduled for the evening.

Having played the Fevers previously, we knew that despite their old age (they make Tooley look like a school boy) the game would not be a walk through the park. They like to use their experience to their advantage and are solid with their set pieces. This day was no different and the Fevers put us to task when it came to scrums and lineouts. Not to make excuses, but it did not help when many in the Cru pack were playing out of position. Where we lacked in the set pieces, the backs came to save the day with several runs of end-to-end action from the trio of speedsters: Dominique ( 1st try of the day in the opening minute of the game + 2 more on the day ), Pierre ( also a hat trick ), and Brett ( completely broke a few defender’s ankles for 2 tries and Man-of-the-match). Also, a try a piece from forwards Seth and Brendan for a final score of 50 – 15.

A few other notable events from the game as follows:

Gareth Lim getting on out in the wing in the second third and nearly had his first try, but bungled it as the ball must have bounced awkwardly off of one his many body armor pieces as he tried to ground the ball.

Matt Callaway and his father Clive stepping out on the pitch together – second Father/Son combo to play for the Cru this year. Matt did a great job at scrum half ( Evan’d better watch his back! ) and a very noticeable lack of the C-bomb being dropped for a change.

With a good win under our belt, off to Hamamatsucho we went for a Booze Cruise and shenanigans for Trav’s stag. A lot of beers were consumed. Thanks to great organization by Derek and Gen, we were able to come away relatively unscathed and managed to offend only a few civilians, along with a booming rendition of “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling…..” to two passing ladies just after disembarking. I think Frank managed to keep his clothes on as well for a change!

5 points Seth Robson
4 points Dominique Adams
3 points Pierre Sims
2 points Brett Wallbutton
1 point Brendan Gallagher

The Team

Position 1st Half 2nd Half 3rd Half
Prop Jason Gall Jason Gall Ryjui Matsuzawa
Hooker Yusei Shimoda Yusei Shimoda Yusei Shimoda
Prop Brendan Gallagher Brendan Gallagher Brendan Gallagher
Lock James Payne James Payne James Payne
Lock Koichi Takagaki Koichi Takagaki Koichi Takagaki
Flanker Stewart Henwood Ryuji Matsuzawa Stewart Henwood
Flanker Gen Hirano Gen Hirano/Dominque Adams Seth Robson
No. 8 Seth Robson Seth Robson Jason Gall
Halfback Roy James Roy James Matt Callaway
Firstfive Paul Skurr Paul Skurr Paul Skurr
Secondfive Dominique Adams Koki Yamana Dominique Adams
Centre Pierre Sims Pierre Sims Koki Yamana
Wing Clive Callaway Gareth Lim Gareth Lim/Pierre Sims
Wing Brett Wallbutton Brett Wallbutton Clive Callaway
Fullback Travis Dixon Travis Dixon Travis Dixon/Roy James

Eric Wilkinson and Sean Gibson were the Sideline Managers.
There was no Safety Assisstant today.
All players took the field.
Sean Gibson (injured) and Eric Wilkinson (injured) came out to support along with a few of the wags.


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