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NLA 2018/2019
Sat 29.09.18, 15:00 Hours | Lausanne-Dorigny, Centre Sportif de l'UNIL

13 : 19

Tight win for 1st XV against LUC

With two important wins against Stade lausanne and GEPLO in the bag, an injury ridden GC side was nonetheless determined to make it 3 out of 3 wins this weekend. LUC are one of the most difficult sides to win on an away trip, and GC would have to show true grit to stand a chance of winning.
With lessons learned from the last two games it was deemed essential to be the first to score. However

After a botched scrum, Zurich conceded the first three-pointer. Nevertheless GC immediatley bounced back and  found themselves in prime attacking position. Lineout in the opposite 22. After an infringement by LUC Tom got his first Kick at goal. He was however denied by the stiff breeze blowing down towards lake Geneva and the Ball drifted off to the left. The game got scrappy after this, with no team being able to fully take control and soon GC found themselves again conceding a penalty in their 22. Thankfully the same breeze that had denied GC before pulled the ball off target once again. After some more scrap by both teams, multiple infringements at the breakdown lead the LUC hooker to the bin for 10 minutes. 

GC eventually managed to turn this numerical advantage into points and after another tumultous lineout in the LUC 22 suddenly a gap opened wide in their defence and Liechti capitalised to score the first try of the match, and with the wind now in his back Tom slotted his conversion expertly. LUC clung on however, and a row of mistakes lead to yet another penalty kick just before halftime. Missed.

After some rousing halftime speeches by Coach Sylvain and the packleaders, the GC forwards were determined to set the record straight on who was dominant on this pitch. This they did with mixed results. The Game continued to be a scrappy afair. After the LUC tighthead was yellowcarded for lying offside the game turned feisty. Both sides continued niggeling eachother until eventually handbags were taken out. After the dust had settled GC made some changes and due to Injury were forced to take off Norman aka Hodor aka the Russian Bear. A big Blow for the GC Scrum. Not least because further injuries forced the Zurich squad to put Flo, a born and bred scrumhalf, at Flanker.

After being back to full strength LUC fought themselves into the GC half, where zurich got once again penalised in kickable position. Once again GC were counting their blessings as the Kick was missed. After the 22-drop out GC won the ball back. On the counter Attack they finally strung together some pahses which were finished by a barnstorming run and a try by the man with the biggest thighs-to-body-ratio in swiss rugby, Sylvain Hirsch.

In the last quarter cracks were starting to show. Especially due to the afore mentioned changes to pack, the zurich scrum was beginning to crumble. It was at this most crucial of times in the last 10 minutes where the GC scrum finally cracked open an LUC crashed over from 15 meters out. And things got even worse when LUC finally slotted another penalty kick to edge ahead with only 6 minutes to go and a scoreline of 13:12. But the Grasshoppers had the last say. Zurich showed same parts of composure and urgency to score another try through graham the cracker Tauira. The try was converted and though Zurich got themselves into trouble at the kick off, lost the ball and were edged back to their 5 meters line, they managed to turn the ball over and end the game in extremis.

Man of the Match: Tauira
Twat of the Match: James

(Von: Sämi König)