Wake up call!

 

Zug 2 – RC Biel-Bienne 7-17

Biel started more aggressively and were sharper at the breakdown, going ahead with two early tries. Zug gradually came into the game and played more expansively with some strong running from new fly-half Geoff van Ryneveld resulting in a fine try, duly converted by Stefano Sala. Unfortunately the combinations were not slick enough, and it was obvious that this was the first run-out of the season. Biel looked the more settled side, and ran out deserved winners in the end, despite some encouraging individual performances from the men in maroon. Second team try scored by Mikaere Schiavo, highlighting the effectiveness of a direct running style

Zug – RC Chaux-de-Fonds 19-22

Like the second team before them, Zug 1s took about 30 minutes to emerge from their winter hibernation, and by that time Chaux-de-Fonds had racked up 17 points. The guests from the West may have turned up late to the match, but they started strongly, were more aggressive at the breakdown early on and dominated the scrum for the entire game. Zug’s line defence on the other hand was slow, offering too much space, time and momentum to their grateful opponents. With scrums in reverse gear, and line-outs affected by the gusting wind, Zug looked to keep ball in hand and tried to up the pace of the game. These tactics worked well but Chaux-de-Fonds clung on, literally at times and oft penalised. Despite fine team tries, well finished by Peymahn Seyed-Safi, Jacques Lubbe and Hans-Peter Henggeler, Zug ran out of time and were left to rue such a ponderous and passive start.
That the Zug squad has barely trained outdoors together was apparent to everyone in the sizeable crowd. Life will not get any easier with a tough road trip ahead to Monthey. It is a game Zug must win to remain in the hunt for 2nd place, but after this performance, Chaux-de-Fonds is in the driving seat.

 

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