Sun 01.10.17, 15:00 h | Stade Colovray, Nyon
Nyon clinch win in last action of the game against the 1sts
After an impressive game against Geneve PLO, the GC players knew that their potential has not yet been exhausted. By facing the reigning Swiss champions from Nyon, GC was ready to put the next gear on in order to set a new benchmark for the still very young season.
GC controlled the game since kick-off. The desperate Nyon players couldn’t find ways to score tries. So, they relied on mistakes from GC in order to take away (at least) 3 points. A 3-pointer from the Nyon side was immediately followed by an interception by GC inside center Pachi and subsequently, GC claimed their first seven points (try Pachi, conversion Hugh). Confidently, GC translated the game into the home-side’s half, giving them reason to kick to release pressure which, on the other hand, gave Hugh (Fullback) a chance to run the ball and exploit inefficiencies in Nyon’s defense. He broke through the porous defense to gain 50m and finally, to set up a perfect try for the lock Ueli, who played his first game for in the GC 1st XV jersey (try Ueli, conversion Hugh). As the first half of the game was to finish, Nyon’s solid kicker slotted 3 more penalties and kept the game tight at the halftime whistle: 12 – 14 for GC.
The second half started off with a penalty kick for GC (Hugh) increasing the margin to 5 points. A GC carelessness right after, led to a penalty for the home-side, which decided to go for a line-out at the contender’s 5m line. A 3-man line-out laid the foundation for the first try to Nyon (which was also converted). Shortly after, Nyon managed to increase the margin to their advantage by slotting in an other penalty. GC reacted immediately. Again, the fullback Hugh ran swiftly through the gaps and fed Ivan (winger) with a great pass to finish off with a try (try Ivan, conversion Hugh). One converted try for each team followed promptly (try Yannick Liechti, conversion Hugh) to head into the last 10 minutes of the game. The scoreboard was already indicating an intense final stage of the game: 29 – 31 for the visitors. Experienced, Nyon strung one phase to the other to profit from a penalty in front the posts beyond the 80th minute and concluded the game with a one point margin to their favour. Although being disappointed, GC has been rewarded with 2 bonus points and is now ranked 3rd in the league table after playing both last year’s finalists.
1 Norman Pedrini, 2 Andri Koeferli, 3 Sämi König, 4 Ale Gambarotta, 5 Ueli Galli, 6 Sylvain Coutu, 7 Tim Vögtli, 8 Yannick Liechti (C), 9 Oli Dias, 10 Fin Small, 11 Romain Kooger, 12 Matias "Pachi" Arocena, 13 Radu Ilie, 14 Ivan Kraljevic, 15 Hugh Kisielewski
16 Arsène Ljubenovic, 17 Gus Vasquez, 18 Phil Schüepp, 19 Diego Favre, 20 Dano Indermauer, 21 Flo Bezard, 22 Louis Reyes
Arocena, Galli, Kraljevic, Liechti
(Von: Ivan Kraljevic)