Sat 23.10.21, 15:00 Hours | Centre Sportif des Cherpines, Genève
Tough day at the office for the 1st XV
The 1st XV were eager to get their campaign back on track after close losses against Nyon and Yverdon. The trip down to Geneva PLO was made more difficult due to a lack of players available, either through injury that has ripped through the team in the last matches, or less valid excuses. The starting XV consisted of a lot of players playing out of position and some forwards having their dreams fulfilled by getting to play as wingers. Nonetheless, the team rode off into the sunrise and down to Geneva. Rugby conditions were perfect on the day and PLO took full control of the opening minutes dodging and weaving through half-hearted tackles and setting down under the posts twice early on. GC came back with nice pod play to break into the 22 and forced GEPLO to concede a penalty under the posts which Hugh Kisielewski gladly converted. When GC had the ball they stood in full control of the game, making dangerous moves down the wings and finding half breaks through the middle. The issue was getting the ball cleaning with handling errors letting the boys down on the day. GEPLO took full advantage and went into the break 20 points clear.
In the second half the difference in size of squad between the two teams was clear. As fatigue kicked in for GC, GEPLO could clear their bench, put more pressure on and rack up points on the board.
Again the GC boys showed good play when they managed to keep ball in hand with half breaks bringing them to 5 metres out and forcing cynical penalties from GEPLO. The ref opted against cards and eventually the lengthy phase play and tiring team led to the repeated handling errrors so consistent on the day for GC. GEPLO finished the day off with a flurry of points as the drained GC boys, playing for the 6th consecutive weekend, were no longer in the fight. FT 49-3
We return to training and a free weekend to rest up and work on our mistakes with the aim to come back guns blazing for our last home game of 2021 against Avusy!
(Von: Tim Vögtli)