NLA 2022/2023
Sat 30.04.22, 15:00 Hours | Vuagères - Terrain

28 : 13

Yverdon breaks GC winning series

A beautiful sunny day in Yverdon set the scene for the top of table clash!

GC 1s were coming into the game unbeaten in the 2nd half of the season and have been building week on week. It was a strange lead up to the game with no changing rooms available (10 minute drive away) so the boys stripped off next to the pitch. No suitable toilets were available either, this really made an impact on a number of the boys pre-game ritual #poopoo.

The game was kicked off by GC with a very poor match ball. It was very surprising that the top team in Switzerland who pay players couldn’t afford decent balls or a suitable rest room. Zurich came out the blocks fast and had Yverdon camped in their half for the first 10 minutes of the game. A lot of pressure from GC resulted in a penalty which was missed by T.McMann. Continued pressure lead to some great team play by GC, a well worked backs move and a beautiful pass into Gwen from Craig opened the score line in the corner. Conversion missed.

As expected Yverdon would hit back, a couple of penalties from GC lead to them kicking for touch and a lineout on our 5 meter line. A well worked lineout move had their polish number 8 steamrolling over the line for a try. Conversion successful. 7-5 Yverdon

After some more pressure around the GC 22m Yverdon win a penalty for not releasing – successful kick. 10-5

GC were camped in their half for 10 minutes or so and used a solid move to set a platform. Unfortunately the Yverdon backrow were quick to jump on the ball and another penalty was won. Successful kick – 13-5

GC once again hit back and had some successful patterns in the Yverdon half. A lineout on the 10m line allowed GC to use a set move which Tom Mc (Irish) made a 20 meter line break and overloaded to the birthday boy Benni for a 5m run in! Brilliant team try and cut Yverdon apart. Missed conversation 13-10. The GC pressure continues which resulted in a penalty which was converted. 13-13

Half time came with the game all square. Very even first half with GC making more breaks/clean rugby.

Unfortunately, Yverdon came out the blocks a bit more intense and a couple of mistakes from GC allowed them to keep the pressure on. A well worked team play left GC short on one side and the Yvderon winger went into the corner for a try. Conversation missed. The pressure continued and a penalty for Yvderon was won for GC not releasing – 21-13.

The presence of Yverdon continued and a lineout on the GC 5m line resulted in their flanker scoring. Successful conversation – 28-13.

After a 15-20 minute window of pressure and mistakes GC wanted to end the game on a high. For the remainder of the game GC increased the tempo which resulted in Yverdon giving away a number of penalties for off-sides. They were out on their feet with a number of players taking to their knees to recover. After a number of breaks and some fancy offloading by Kev and Jess Yverdons discipline started to drop and they lost 2 players (yellow cards) to high tackles and chatting back to the ref.

GC were in the driving seat however couldn’t transform the pressure into points. Credit to Yverdons defense, they hung in there and managed to see the game out.

(Von: Thomas McMann)