Sat 12.11.16, 15:00 h | Stade des Serves
away vs CERN
CERN (23 - 5) GC Zurich 1sts
Report by Tim Vögtli
Tries: Christian Röhrig
The team rode down to CERN high in confidence that the first away win since the Championship winning season a couple years ago could be achieved. After a strong performance against Avusy - and wanting to make up for the disappointment of the Cup forfeit a week before - GC were ready to keep the league winning streak going.
CERN started well taking advantage of a couple penalties and smoothly slotting them away to go up 9-0 in the first 20 minutes. GC looked like they hadn't shown up to the races at all, sometimes unnecessarily overcomplicating plays and making silly errors. However, the scoreline didn't reflect the effort and domination that GC showed at times. Numerous line breaks and smooth ball interchanges among the backs, along with strong pick-and-go's among the forwards, led GC to set up camp inside CERN's 22 numerous times over the first half. Unfortunately, the penetration and final finishing blow never came and the first half was ended without points on the board for GC when there really should've been.
Similar to the first half, CERN utilised their chances well, and with strong kicking, could open up the gap even further. Finally, after neat combination among Kraljević and Vögtli led to the latter breaking the line once more and managing to for once, most surprisingly, passing the ball to the supporting runners, GC were rewarded with a try through Christian Röhrig. It was the lift that GC needed. It came however too late and CERN were able to take advantage of some tired legs to score a try near the end.
The scoreline didn't reflect the performance, where GC showed some encouraging plays but it was just "one of those days" where the luck wasn't on their side in terms of final ball and getting points on the board. Nonetheless, with the winter break now here, the team will work hard in trainings and in their own time to come back fitter, stronger and more prepared to get the results that they deserve in 2017!