Sun 05.05.19, 14:00 Hours | Allmend Brunau
1st Team cement top of the table after strong win against Neuchatel/Yverdon
For the early part of the week it appeared as if a snowstorm would hamper the Sunday rugby day that everyone was looking forward to. After some light showers in the morning and early afternoon that had not fazed neither the women team nor the 2nd XV in their commanding wins, the sky began to calm just in time for the 1st XV kickoff against Neuchatel/Yverdon Entente.
The boys knew of Neuchatel/Yverdon’s strengths in and around the ruck after last Summer’s Röstigraben Cup pre-season friendly but were looking forward to shaking off the cobwebs after a length mid-season break.
As expected, the physicality of the match was shown from the get go with Neuchatel/Yverdon hammering at Zürich’s defense and committing heavily to both attack and defensive rucks. The boys in blue and white, however, held strong. With defense holding itself together it was now time to create offensively. Flo picked up the ball at the back of the scrum, drew 2 players on the blindside, and popped for Jess Roberson to break the line. Our powerful winger tossed aside a couple Neuchatel/Yverdon players before comfortably placing the ball down. First blood.
After winning a couple penalties, the 1st XV kicked for the lineout to get a forwards try through a maul. After being clean through in a well worked maul, Samuel König, looking for a try that would fulfil his pledge of scoring a try in the simultaneously running Sri Lanka donation pledges activity, was impeded from the side and stopped in his tracks. The boys decided to find the line break another way and after some strong running at the line over multiple phases, Ueli Galli crashed over the line for the 2nd try of the game.
The 1st XV attack were ruthless that day and after some quick fire passes out wide, Jess Roberson once again crashed over for the 2nd of the match.
The nice passing, strong runs and line-breaking weren’t only reserved for the team’s backline and quick-fire tries by Tim Vögtli and Yannick Liechti put the 1st XV well clear with halftime approaching. 31-0 at the whistle.
The 2nd half started brightly with GC winning their own kickoff, building some phases and launching the balls for the backline to create some magic. Jemba Bull and Leo Luginbühl played a nice switch that was cued to perfection for Leo to cross over for his first try of the match. Again, our backline was too strong and the experience on the wings was a clear advantage. Jess Roberson - on a hat trick- and Leo Luginbühl crossed over either side of an Alex Ramon try. With 20 minutes still to go, Leo, looking for his third, picked up the ball at the halfway line, criss-crossed his way through the defensive line of Neuchatel/Yverdon in expert serpentine like fashion and crossed over the line. Unselfishly he passed to Hugh Kisielewski to put the ball down and record GC’s 10th try of the day. Finally, with the game winding down, Alex Ramon scored his 2nd after a quick tap penalty.
Fulltime. 69-0. 5 points gained with the position at the top of the table cemented.
Jess Roberson x3
Leo Luginbühl x2
Alex Ramon x2
Leo Luginbühl x 7
Man of the match:
Thanks to everyone who came down to make it a great rugby day, and thanks to those that volunteered and contributed to our Sri Lanka fundraiser. During the matches we organised pledges where people could bet on actions of the game, which helped raise a massive amount that will be going to help the victims of the recent attacks.
Those who contributed with pledges:
Marius and Jana
This awesome event wouldn’t have been so awesome without everyone helping out and doing their part. Thanks again!
(Von: Tim Vögtli)