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Zug Rugby Club Mini section has come a long way in 6 years. When the Mini section was formed in 2010 by now President Ian Morris at the Lido in Unteraegeri – 7 players turned up to the first training session. However if you have passionate coaches, willing volunteers and a love of the game anything is possible and now the club has over 325 members. The club runs teams from under 6 to under 18 and despite no formal home or club house,  it manages to provide training to 225 children every weekend throughout the season at the Herti stadium. Whilst having to arrange games at pitches in Baar  Unteraegeri and Hunenberg without whose support we could not compete as a club, given Rugby’s minority status in Switzerland.

 

However despite the challenges, those 7 players that attended that first session  are now the core of the Under 16 team and this year the team and Club have a reason to celebrate.

 

The Zug Under 16 Team have become Swiss National Champions in a season that has seen them remain undefeated in all competitions. This season has been special explained Ian Elliott Head Coach of the Under 16’s “We set ourselves a goal to win the Championship and put Zug’s name on the cup where Lausanne, Nyon,Genevea  had been for so many years, but we exceeded our goal in being undefeated in all competitions, this is the perfect season”

 

In addition 5 players were selected to represent Switzerland in the National Under 16 team the selection process can be seen on line at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4togJjayHc
However there is more to Rugby than just the match, Rugby is game founded on respect and team values, it not only helps players develop Rugby skills but the life skills of integration, inclusion, supporting each other, and  working as a team to succeed.”  explained Ian Morris President of the Mini Section.  The under 16 team which represents 12 nationalities including 8 Swiss players have been dedicated in training, committed on the pitch and respectful to the referees throughout the season living up to the values of the Club.

Damian Popple

 

Bericht der ZZ vom 31. Mai 2016: Am Samstag fand in Baar der erste Rugby-Day in Zug statt. Mittendrin stand
mit der 27-jährigen Stephanie Merz aus Unterägeri eine Spielerin der «Zug Freyjas». Zug Rugby Artikel ZZ 31.5. 2016

 

Pädagogische Hochschule Zug: Wir gratulieren Cedric Jacquery für seine Bachelorarbeit zum Thema “Rugby in der Schule”. Gut gemacht, Cedi!Congratulations to Cedric Jacquery for his Bachelor thesis on “Rugby at school”. Well done, Cedi!

2A group of hardy souls from Zug Rugby Club braved the Paris rain to watch the France v Ireland 6 Nations match and tour the Irish pubs of Pigalle.

 

 

 

Zug 2 11-10 Cern 2

Zug’s second team turned in a solid performance to deservedly beat the visitors from Cern. Despite dominating possession and territory, Zug had to depend on an injury-time penalty by Stefano Sala to snatch victory in dramatic fashion. Al Cern had to do was win their own scrum on the last play and kick the ball out. However the Zug pack won one against the head, and after some good handling by the backs Cern were penalised twice in quick succession, the second one about 30 metres out and just off centre. It was a pressure kick, but sweetly struck and the ball flew between the uprights.
Earlier, Zug had taken the lead with a try in the left hand corner scored by Tobia Nava, and made by a determined group of marauding forwards. The visitors hit back after a somewhat fortunate – or unfortunate from Zug’s perspective – bounce, with the ball landing in the hands of a grateful onrushing Cern attacker who strolled in under the posts. Following the successful conversion, Zug retook the lead quickly with a penalty. Zug’s forwards played well in the scrums and the dominated the loose, but lineouts need to be worked on! Despite some strong and direct runs by the backs, in particular by the centres, the score was to remain the same until the last few minutes when Cern took the lead with a penalty of their own. On this day, Zug had the final word however.
Zug 33-24 RU Zürich
Zug put in a commanding performance in the first half and at the start of the second. Excellent direct running and support play saw Zug run in 5 tries (4 converted) and the game was well and truly over after 50 minutes. RU Zürich – as is always the case – fought gamely and came back with some well worked tries of their own but it was too little, too late for the visitors. In reality the game was not as close as the scoreline suggests, with Zug well in control before cruising a little too much in the final stages. Lineouts, so often a Zug strength, proved an area of weakness with a few throws going awry, and allowing RUZ to clear their lines and break Zug’s momentum. However Zug dominated in the scrums, and constantly broke beyond the gainline, looking dangerous with some very incisive running. On the other hand, the visitors contested well at the breakdown and their quick outside runners posed a threat that Zug often did not deal well with. All in all however, Zug can be happy with the bonus point win and look forward to a long winter break. With three games to go, Zug remains in the hunt for the all-important second place to see who plays in the play-up instead of the play-down. The players will need to show greater commitment to train together in order to achieve that goal.

Die europäische Rugbyelite zu Gast in Unterägeri: Während vier Tagen kämpften die Teams um den EM-Titel.

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/zentralschweiz/story/30366551

Rugby Frauen EM ZZ 27.10.15

After a hard-fought victory against Monthey (27-21) the first team climbs to second place in B-League. Zug RC II dominated the game against Neuchatel II and secures with a clear final result of 69-14a fine third place in the 1st League East. A special thanks to our president Sebastien Le Page for the electrical stimulators after the game … :)

The first team produced probably its finest performance to date in League B, beating an experienced Monthey team by being faster, fitter, stronger and more organised on the day. Zug started like a whirlwind and Monthey found it difficult to contain the hard drive-ups from the forwards and strong, direct running of the backline. With a little more composure and precise finishing, Zug could have put the game out of reach in the early stages. Even with a couple of clear chances going awry, Zug scored two early tries and following one successful conversion pulled clear 12-0. However, Monthey has a streetwise team, and one with an efficient lineout. Despite valiant defending, Zug gave away too many penalties infringing at the breakdown, and after a series of repelled drives, Monthey secured a lineout 5 metres out. Good lineout ball built the platform for an effective rolling maul, and the visitors kept in touch with a try of their own duly converted.

As the second half began, Zug drew first blood. Another missed conversion saw the gap at 10 points, and this was soon cut by Monthey to 3 as Zug failed to claim the kick-off and put themselves under immediate pressure. Yet again a converted try came from a lineout and maul. Lapses in concentration after scoring are the bane of even international coaches as we see in the World Cup, and Zug fell into this trap on more than one occasion – certainly something to work on, and something that can be remedied.
Zug reacted well to the slip, and came back firing on all cylinders, pulling away again with another fine try. The missed conversion meant that Monthey were only 8 points behind, and amazingly this was soon down to one. Another error on the kick-off resulted in a Monthey lineout close to the Zug line, and we know this story by now:  a converted try to close the gap to 1 pt.
The rest of the game was played out predominantly in the Monthey 22, with Zug piling on the pressure, controlling the game, and eventually securing the home team’s 5th try of the game. The missed conversion meant Zug had to play out a nervy last few minutes with only a six point lead, but time ran out for Monthey and Zug emerged winners.
For sure, we can be pleased by many aspects of this performance. Work needs to be done on defending line-outs and driving mauls, and some sharper finishing would not go amiss. The Zug squad has the ability to match any team in league B, but has to learn to be greedy, take the chances carved out, and keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Tries: Currie, Rico, Arnaud, Mapondera, Barker
Conversion: Koeltgen

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2Zug Rugby Club dreht in der zweiten Hälfte des Qualifikationsspiel auf und gewinnt das Play-Out Spiel gegen den RC Luzern. Damit steigt ein Zuger Rugby-Team erstmals seit 2009 in die zweite Stärkeklasse auf. Lesen Sie hier den Bericht.

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