Zug RC celebrates victories before winter break

 

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.

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