Excellence A 18/19
Sat 27.10.18, 13:00 Hours | Chens-le-Pont (F)
Seconds come up short against Hermance 2
On a miserably cold and rainy Saturday, the two men's teams traveled 4+ hours to the small village of Hermance, which straddles Geneva's border with France. With many players unavailable due to injury, the club looked to the experienced players to help out, with the combined age of the starting three front-row being more than 120 years!
The second team started off strong, with the 9 / 10 combo of Oli and Henry creating many opportunities for the team. The conditions weren't great, but strong scrums and a dominant line-out meant that the backs had a lot of quality ball to work with. This resulted in a beautiful try from Gian who received an offload after a great run by Flo. Henry missed the conversion, 0-5.
Hermance put some pressure on after the score but the second team defense was solid. With the pressure relieved, the second team ventured back into the Hermance half and were able to score a great team try off a line-out, with Cameron touching down and Henry converting. 0-12.
Moments before half-time, Hermance were able to capitalize on their continued pressure and score an unconverted try. The halftime score was 5-12.
The second half started off with Hermance continuing to pressure GC, although most of this time was spent in the middle of the pitch with GC defending valiantly. Hermance had started to set up rolling mauls off of the breakdowns and it was clear that GC was struggling to defend this. As a result, Hermance spent the majority of the last quarter mauling and wearing GC down.
Hermance completely changed the front and second rows with 20 minutes to play and started to increase the pressure. GC defended valiantly, with Cameron literally putting his neck on the line (was taken to the hospital with a fractured vertebrate) and Phillip playing the last 20 minutes with a broken hand. But the injection of fresh players by Hermance combined with GC playing with 14 players (including one with a broken hand) was ultimately too much, with Hermance scoring two late unconverted tries to win the game 15-12.
The second team should be very proud of their brave effort. The biggest challenge the second team is facing is purely a matter of the number of available players. A few substitutes in this match would have significantly changed this game in GC's favor.
(Von: Josh Bjornson)