NLA 2022/2023
Sat 09.04.22, 15:00 Hours | Chavannes, Lausanne

7 : 33

Clear Victory against Stade Lausanne

After being given a forfeit win against both Hermance teams, the two men’s teams of GC Rugby were eager to put all they learnt the last two weeks at intense trainings into action. They travelled down to a remarkably cold Lausanne where the 1s solidly beat the other Lausannoise team two weeks earlier. The team looked ready at warm-up, the last tapes were strapped and the boots were tied to get started with the game.

Zurich began the first half controlling the game with only minor infringements that Stade wasn’t able convert into points. Soon after going through some phases the first gaps in Lausanne’s defense were spotted. After a simple backs move, Hugh Kisi easily danced through a hole and sprinted for the try in the far corner. The difficult angle did not prevent Tom from scoring making it 7-0 after about 15 mins.

Having tasted blood, the blue team revved up their engine and started pushing for more. A series of line breaks brought GC closer to the opposition’s try line, and by following the oversized flanker Tim, who was stopped just outside the zone, Zürich’s scrum half scored the 2nd try with a quick pick and dive. Tom also converted this easier kick – 14-0.

The next two tries were also scored in a similar fashion to the first one; many meters were made by breaking the defensive line multiple times, and within 5 minutes Hugh managed to place the ball behind the line with a great team effort building up for it. Still a great performance and show by the born winger who, judging only by his speed of course, seems like he was given a third leg. The first half ended with 26-0.

With plenty of energy still left in the tank, GC started the 2nd half defending for a longer period until the ball was finally won back again. The game slowly changed; while both teams played very fair in the first half, more disciplinary infringements were both penalized and overseen by the ref in the second.

Stade Lausanne scored their only try and conversion after some quickly executed plays and a couple of mistakes in Zurich’s defense that looked quite solid otherwise. The game got dirtier and dirtier afterwards, gauging and punching became more frequent and the level of the game dropped. There was another GC try towards the end of the game, where Antoine (a great singer btw) had a lovely run with a chip and chase that led to a forward’s try afterwards. A good moment to mention the massive amount of work put in by the forwards in this game who built a very good platform for the backs.

33-7, a good result for the boys in blue.

(Honorable mention: instead of finishing, the author decided to pass the ball into touch instead of kicking it – happily Stade couldn’t make anything out of it, but the decision of who’s jaffa was easily taken thereafter)

(Von: Oli Dias)