Weekend Report

 

Cern II 28:19 Zug RC II

A depleted group of 11 made the long trip to Meyrin for the League One East (?) game versus Cern 2. Cern proved generous and friendly hosts, offering 2 players so we could play 13-a-side. In return Zug was equally generous in the first 10 minutes of the game, offering little resistance as Cern ran in two soft tries. From thereon the B’s picked up the intensity and came back with a good team try in the corner following good set-up work by the pack. What followed was an enjoyable free-flowing game, with the sole negative the unfortunate injury to Chris Balsara. Both teams scored another two tries. Zug’s scores came from solid drives by the beasts in the Forwards and some nifty footwork by the good-looking blokes in the Backs.

RUZ 13:30 Zug RC I

Zug popped up to Brunau and came away with 5 points after a strong and structured performance. RUZ always provide a stern test and came out of the blocks quickly again, netting 3 points almost immediately as Zug strayed offside. Zug grabbed 3 of their own shortly after, but RUZ drew first blood on the try front sneaking ahead 8-3. Zug had started slowly but went ahead, first with a fine display of line-out and mauling prowess, then a well-worked team try in the corner with some good forward drives followed by slick backline passing. RUZ were down, but not yet out. They bravely kicked for touch when 3 points were up for grabs and were rewarded for their risk-taking with another try despite desperate Zug defending. At the half the scores were tied 13-13, and the fear for Zug was that RUZ would once again be too close for comfort down the final stretch and be ahead when the final whistle blew.

Those fears were unfounded. Zug put in an excellent team performance in the second-half, dominating the breakdown, well ahead in the set-pieces and an iron curtain in defence. Three unanswered tries followed and as RUZ ran out of steam, a fit, well-drilled Zug team ran out worthy winners. Well done lads, and on to the next challenge in League B at Chaux de Fonds!

Stephen MacLennan

 

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