Sat 15.09.18, 15:00 Hours | Chavannes-près-Renens
Good win for first team at start of the season against Stade Lausanne
The two men's team travelled down to Lausanne for the opening games of the new season. The preparation was far from ideal as a lot of players were missing due to their intelligent booking of holidays or the inability to hand their girlfriends a copy of the game schedule. With only 27 players for two teams everyone on the bus knew it would be a tough day in the office.
Despite the circumstances and the fact that the starting hooker Andri got injured whilst helping out in the 2nd XV the boys started well and kept Lausanne pinned in their 22 during the opening exchanges of the game. The new center combination of the "black panther" Jemba and the "american thor" Jess proved to be too much for their opponents and they started to break the line on several occasions. Unfortunately the team wasn't able to finish of the golden opportunities and made several handling errors close to the Lausanne-try line. It got worse for the visitors as a knock on by Sämi was scooped up by one of the Lausanne centers who scored an opportunistic try - twenty minutes gone Lausanne 7 : 0 GC Rugby. Luckily the try didn't change the way the game was going and GC Rugby kept the pressure on. A penalty of new fly half/prop Tom and a try from the german tank Chris meant that GC took a 10:7 lead into the break.
The game continued and it became more and more evident that the young Stade Lausanne team was unable to match the physicality of the Zurich pack. Meanwhile the backs started to find more room on the outside as both teams started to get tired. On the contrary to the first half the line breaks were finished of and around the 60th minute it started to rain tries from Ekim, Dayron and Jemba 2. In the end the Zurich Boys won comfortable by 38:7. An important bonus point victory in the first away game of the season. There were a lot of positives with not only the new imports Jemba, Tauira and Tom but also a few players from the 2nds (Dayron, Henry and Messerli) making a big impact. The futures looks bright and the teams are looking forward to take on the defending champions Geneva PLO in the first home game of the season on Sunday.
(Von: Yannick Liechti)