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Bad Reichenhall, 14.November 2015, Bericht: Padraig Noughton

 

RFC Bad Reichenhall : München RFC II
17 : 20

A crisp and overcast morning met the players as they assembled before the game. Sleepy heads were shaken away in preparation for the short, but important trip to Bad Reichenhall. The weather was perfect for rugby day, with just a slight breeze blowing lengthways along the pitch. The game began after a minutes silence was held in honour of the tragedy in Paris the night before. MRFC kicked off to a pumped Bad Reichenhall team, they were imposing themselves at the breakdown and after just two minutes their impressive inside centre intercepted a sloppy pass and ran half the field for an early breakaway try. The conversion was successful, 7-0 to the home team. MRFC settled into the game, playing simple rugby and dominating most aspects of the game. The pressure got to Bad Reichenhall as they conceded a penalty 15m in on their own 22. Javier Gonzalez hit the post and the rebound was cleared by the defence. Munich maintained the pressure only for another intercept from the BR centre, after a few offloads and one dubious decision (held up), a try was awarded for Bad Reichenhall, which was not converted. So far MRFC had dominated both set and open play, but were nonetheless 12-0 down. Shortly before half time MRFC had a line out within the opposition 22. The forwards set up a maul, peeled off the back and drove over the line for their first points of the game, with Padraig Naughton touching down in the corner. Half time 12-5 to the home team. Bad Reichenhall started strongly again from the restart. Their inside centre once again was the central player to their third score. A crossfield kick right into the hands of their left wing caught the Munich backline off guard and ran in to touch down. Not converted. Munich fought back brilliantly, controlling much of the territory and set pieces and it wasn’t long until no.8/prop Kevin Briggs barrelled over for a try shortly before the 50th minute. No conversion. The good work rate soon paid off again. Another Munich lineout 15m out, another maul and another try, this time from wonder kid Odi! Who was also man of the match. A final, frustrating, 20 minutes was in store for MRFC who had a strong position for much of the last quarter. After a replacement BR wing was sin binned for blatant offside, Briggs was denied a second try and the score remained 17-15. The final minutes saw the game becoming scrappy and inital try scorer Naughton was shown yellow with 7 minutes remaining. With time almost up, a great break from Lion Fellner-Feldegg saw him cross in the corner, to give Munich the lead for the first time in the game and also secured a bonus point. With 2 minutes to play, MRFC slowed the ball and ran down the clock for a hard fought and well won victory.

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