Convincing Performance

Zug 2 – Winterthur 2       38-0
Zug fielded a strong second team bolstered with some fresh blood from the U-18s. With debuts also for the Schwinger from Morgarten – Philipp Wyss and Dominik Müller – the seconds had a decidedly youthful look (unless you were looking at the subs’ bench). It was only to be expected therefore that an enthusiastic approach brought attacking rugby, albeit with a few decision-making errors. Excellent set-up play in the first-half too often petered out with sideways running when incisive and direct would have reaped reward. The scores came when players straightened their lines of attack, and patiently set up the next phase rather than taking a step too far. Mario Knechtle and Tobia Nava showed the way with direct running, and debutant Tom Dickinson stood out by consistently taking the right option and recycling the ball for his teammates. With prop-wing Cyril Bossard’s thunderous runs, Zug in the end had far too much firepower on the day for the plucky Winterthur XV, running in 6 tries and entertaining the crowd with an effervescent display. The boat race after the game was hotly contested but Zug came out on top again – our Schwinger have also adapted quickly to the social aspect of rugby.
Würenlos – Zug 1         7-20
Zug made it three wins out of three in the end-of-season playout round, soundly beating a team that has consistently performed at a higher level in recent years. This was certainly one of the strongest sides Zug has put out – at least on paper – and without playing particularly well, Zug had more than enough firepower to beat a struggling Würenlos side. Despite their current poor run, Würenlos are always quick to the breakdown and ruck aggressively when they get there. This caused Zug a few problems, often slowing down or even turning over the ball. Zug ran in three tries, yet it really should have been 5 or 6. In tighter matches, it will be important to take such opportunities. Würenlos did not give up and were awarded a penalty try by referee Stefan Gisler late in the game after a succession of penalties close to the line – let’s just say that not everyone agreed with the interpretation! Disappointingly a red card was handed out to a player from each side following a minor kerfuffle at a breakdown. The game had been played in good spirit up to then, but the Laws are the Laws.
Stiffer tests lie ahead, with the visit of Winterthur next weekend sure to provide a litmus test of the Club’s ambitions to mix it with the big guys. However we look forward to Zug Rugby Day as an opportunity to showcase our Club and our game to the Kanton. We are an ambitious Club, and we aim high.

Best Regards,
Stephen MacLennan

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