Sat 12.05.18, 15:00 h | Stade d'Athenaz, Avusy
1st Team beat Avusy to secure top two finish
Filled with luster the Grasshoppers Club Zurich arrived in Avusy with anticipation. Being pushed by the hope of a home playoff seed the depleted 1st XV team had some work to do. Even though many of the usual 1st XV players were away in Russia, the strength of the players brought into team proved strong. The game began with Zurich receiving the opening kick. The Zurich forward pack proved strong by moving the ball out of the twenty-two with a rolling mal that went for twenty meters setting the tone for the game. Alex Ramon and Yared Amde-Michael Ketema carved the Avusy’s back line like a turkey in America in November. This impressive early play lead to two penalty kicks, JB slotted them like a five-year-old with a quarter in an arcade. Then with the smoothness of melted butter over hot pancakes, Alex Ramon broke the line offloaded to Yared Amde-Michael Ketema who cleverly offloaded to again-dick-of-the-day (Jess Roberson) leading to a try. JB again made easy work of the penalty kick. JB had another chance at a penalty and also made quick work of it. Avusy pick upped their defence for the rest of the half leading to a 16-0 first half.
Starting the second half GC kicked off to Avusy, lead to nothing special and lead to an Avusy knock on. After a few minutes of uninspiring play, Jess Dick-of-the-day Roberson had a late tackle and was yellow carded for his mistake. Off for ten minute the Grasshoppers played out standing defense, no points where scored one the ever-resilient team. Back to the full XV Zurich continued to display a very powerful defense. Two times The Grasshoppers held their try line from being crossed. Unfortunately, Avusy made their way across the line making it 16-7. Alex Ramon was given a yellow card about the same time. The Zurich Grasshoppers played 20 minutes of the second half with 14 men and still only allowed one scoring situation. JB had an opportunity to kick for points but in a questionable call was not given the points. Scrum-half Flo Blow tried a drop kick that barely missed. Other than these opportunities Zurich did not look as well in offence. Failing to spread the ball to the wing and quiet communication, lead to a poor second half attack. However, old boy and GCZ Rugby club president Johnny-boy stepped in to give a boost of power in the last quarter of the game. After the final whistle blew relief fell on the Zurich 1st XV, they had from this point of view secured a home game for the semi finals of the playoffs. Our hats are off to the Avusy for a well-played game and a lot of sausages.
Dick-of-the-Day x 1
JB x 3 penalties x 1 try conversion
(Von: Jess Roberson)