NLC West: Dominant Zug RC wins over Alba Lausanne

Zug dominated the game from start to finish but against a determined and wily opponent were unable to completely pull away. As such the game remained scrappy and tight, although in truth Alba did not come close to scoring at any point. Zug turned around at half-time with a 5-0 lead, thanks to a Breon McPherson try on the back of excellent teamwork by the forward pack. Antoine Koeltgen clearly left his kicking boots on the bus, otherwise clear daylight between the teams would have been emerging by then. Coach Manu Atelibo ripped into his players at half-time, trying to get the team to focus on execution. Unfortunately the game remained tight into the second-half as Zug failed to capitalise on ample possession, with line-outs going astray and the scrum dominance of the first-half diminishing. Still, a switch in the focus of attack out wider caused the Alba defence to scramble, and from the resulting breakdown scrum-half Iain Else-Jack nipped over for a well-taken try. Antoine popped over the conversion, and Zug took a 12-point lead.
As the clock wound down, Alba failed to muster any attacking pressure and – despite having to ask the score on a few occasions – Zug held on for a well-deserved, if slightly uninspiring 12-0 victory to gain a modicum of revenge for the opening-day defeat. For sure, Alba will provide stiff opposition again later in the season with both teams likely to qualify for League C Plus. Zug’s players know however that they can perform better and this augurs well for tougher tasks ahead.The trip home provided another opportunity for players, coaches and supporters to enjoy the fine product of our sponsor, Brauerei Baar.

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