Lausanne U16 31 V 7 Zug U16

 

The under 16 Squad minus a few casualties due to food poisoning made the journey to Lausanne.

The pitch sitiuated on the beach was very fitting as for the first 20 minutes Zug defended against wave after wave of Lausanne attack. The Lausanne team obviously smarting from their defeat in Zug had made a lot of personnel and positional changes. They were determined for revenge.

Despite the pressure the our scramble defence held out and after the first of 3 Lausanne players headed for the sin bin, the resulting penalty was put into touch in corner by Jack Morris. The forwards rolled from the line out and desperate defence by Lausanne brought a penalty which was quickly taken and Thomas Dickson crashed over for the first try which Jack converted. 7 -0 to Zug.
The score was immediately countered by Lausanne who moved the ball wide twice stretching the back line and scored a well worked try and converted. The Zug pack was struggling to hold the Lausanne forwards who were aggressive and determined.

We lost Emmi Collet to a boot in the eye and despite passing the pitch side concussion assessment we kept him off, to literally fight another day in Nyon. He was replaced by Thomas I in the first half and Finn Mangos in the second half who slotted in on the Flank and both got through their fair share of tackling and driving.

Five minutes later try number 2 for Lausanne came again from a break in midfield where their outside centre despite a heroic tackle from Thomas Hemelradd which was literally a tooth loosener , popped the ball up for Lausanne to score 12 v 7. Lausanne then pressured and once again a rolling maul in the corner saw their hooker drive blind and score near the touch line.

The half time whistle brought relief but a 17 v 7 score line to Lausanne.

At this point it would have been easy to submit but the the Zug team regrouped, Sean Rheinhardt came off after making a determined debut on the wing and showing some nice touches with ball in hand. He was replaced by Bence Hovart who was on a mission to make 20 tackles and achieved it. A slight shuffle in the backs saw Jil Gilman move to centre and birthday boy Casper move to wing to try and counter their speed. The second half was a tribute to the team spirit and fitness and Charlies leadership, Gabriel ,Zak and Charlie lowered the scrum and constantly won our ball and pressured Lausanne with the their front row often off the floor as we drove them backwards.

In the lineouts Andrew M was safe and secure with Josh M offering protection and disrupting their scrum half on their ball. We even took some of their ball through Tuomo and Thomas I with Kenny making some nice breaks from turnover ball. Kenny who’s speed of pass is getting better with every game allowed Jack Morris to dictate the second half and his kicking out of hand reminded me of a young Johnny Wilkinson. The team stuck to the game plan and played some excellent Rugby. The ploy of using Josh hatch and Thomas Dickinson up the centre and moving the ball from second phase worked on occasions but the Lausanne defence was very strong but we worked an overlap and Casper was grounded a meter short. We also missed a scoring opportunity when Thomas D broke from the scrum and had Casper unmarked but his pass was knocked down forward and the scrum awarded to Lausanne ( needed a TMO a couple of times yesterday).

The fitness sessions by Gabreil Snr really paid off and despite Lausanne scoring a break away try and an interception Zug were the stronger team for the second half and pressurised them for the full 70 minutes, but we were missing a couple of players who usually help convert the pressure to points.

The game ended 31 v 7 which flattered the home team but they deserved their victory. It also showed that we have lots of work to do in our ability to turn pressure into points, the deepth of our back line against a blitz defence and improve our decision making in defence and attack. The team must now regroup and face Nyon on Sunday in the last game of the season. However as challenging as this is, this team will not take a step back from that challenge and will go to Nyon to play good rugby, in good spirit.

Thanks to all the families that made the journey down and the enthusiastic support it helped keep the team going.

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