They begin with a joust where Gautier pierces Bernier with his lance between his ribs.
It was, however, so late that they had only time to run three courses, and then the judges pronounced their joust finished.
The evening passed slowly, in our eagerness for the “joust.”
The better a man he is, the more honor shall I gain from a joust with him.
When Balin heard him he turned his horse, and asked him if he desired to joust.
Well, said the knight, sith ye will not joust with me, I pray you tell me your name.
Then came Sir Lancelot, and Beaumains proffered him to joust.
Sir Ewaine did not wish that they should joust with him, but Gawaine said they should be shamed if they did not assay him.
The king, however, required him to joust; so with no good will he rode forth.
Presently they overtook another knight, who wished to joust.
c.1300, "fight with a spear or lance on horseback with another knight; tilt in a tournament," from Old French joster "to joust, tilt," from Vulgar Latin *iuxtare "to approach, come together, meet," originally "be next to," from Latin iuxta "beside, near," related to iungere "join together" (see jugular). Formerly spelled, and until modern times pronounced, "just." Related: Jousted; jousting.
c.1300, from Old French joustes, from joster (see joust (v.)). The sport was popular with Anglo-Norman knights.
These early tournaments were very rough affairs, in every sense, quite unlike the chivalrous contests of later days; the rival parties fought in groups, and it was considered not only fair but commendable to hold off until you saw some of your adversaries getting tired and then to join in the attack on them; the object was not to break a lance in the most approved style, but frankly to disable as many opponents as possible for the sake of obtaining their horses, arms, and ransoms. [L.F. Salzman, "English Life in the Middle Ages," Oxford, 1950]