Herren Regionalliga Bayern

München, 16. Juni 2018, Bericht: Adam Popperwell


München RFC II : RFC Augsburg
50 : 10

It was a must win game for Munich second team at Grosshardern. Although Augsburg were second in the league, they had come down to Munich with a point to prove after their last encounter with MRFC (a 10-5 loss last december). The Munich lads all turned up with the right attitude, ready to get the job done. The opening minutes of the game showed to be a physical match up in defence, with both teams not quite being able to break through. The first points on the scoreboard came from Munich’s number 9, Robin Compeyron (and his right boot). For the next 20 minutes, Munich were pinned in their own 22 defending against Augsburg’s purposeful attack. Munich defended valiantly on their own line until an Augsburg player was red carded for throwing a punch in a ruck. Munich exited their 22 and began to gain territory. Munich’s first try came at the 35th minute of the game. After a perfect off the top line out, the ball was quickly and skillfully thrown out wide to Ieuan Roberts-harries whose straight running line and “cheeky” pop pass, created vast amounts of space for Seb Schueppel (who had been running a loop behind Ieuan) to run in the try. Before the first half whistle was blown, Munich kicked behind Augsburg, placing pressure on the defending back three. On the 39th minute, Munich had a lineout on the Augsburg 5m line. With another great lineout to the front man, Munich created a maul, dragging in Augsburg defenders. Two crash ball phases later, Owain williams crashed over the try line next to the posts, making it an easy conversion for Robin Compeyron. HT- 15-0.
Munich took further advantage of their lead, with Owain Williams scoring another try from a well worked line out/maul, crash ball Play. For the next 20 minutes, Munich dominated attack. The team’s excellently executed structure allowed MRFC to play their favourite style of fast rugby which Augsburg struggled to defend against. Tries were scored by: Owain Williams (again…), Adam Popperwell. (29-0). Augsburg were not yet defeated. Ill discipline in the center of the park gave the Augsburg 10 the opportunity to take a quick penalty and spin the ball wide to their winger, who scored a try. Augsburg also score another similar try to this 20 minutes later. Munich kept their tempo, with further tries coming from Alan Moughty, Seb Schueppel, and Jamil Habbash.

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1.  Quentin Degroote (Capt.) (ab 55.min Lukas Mannhardt)
2. Joshua Kritzer (ab 41.min Jose Martin)
3. Mathieu Gaugibus (ab 55.min Odrille Losaba)
4. Owain Williams (ab 65.min Max Strote)
5. Mariano Francolino
6. Niklas van Ingen (ab 65.min Hugh Butler) 
7. David Clegg
8. Alan Moughty (ab 70.min Jamil Habasch)
9. Robin Compeyron
10. Adam Popperwell
11. Tobias Mies (ab 41.min John O´Donnnell)
12. Chris Hetherton
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Carlos Prieto
15. Ieuan Roberts-Harry

Versuche: Sebastian Schüppel 2x, Owain Williams 2x, Adam Popperwell, Alan Moughty, Jamil Habash
Erhöhungen:  Robin Compeyron 6x
Penalty: Robin Compeyron


Herren Regionalliga Bayern

Bad Reichenhall, 26. Mai 2018, Bericht: Cornelius Henle


RFC Bad Reichenhall : München RFC II
41 : 21

The lads met at 10:30 ready to play Bad Reichenhall. As there was some confusion where the actual meeting point was, it wasn’t until 11:15 that we left Munich and started our journey heading South East. Due to the traffic jam on the Autobahn it took us a while to get there, however at around 13:30  we all arrived safely. It was sunny and hot and once everyone got to see the beautiful pitch surrounded by the mountains, the Lions were hungry for a good game of Rugby. Knowing how important a win would be for the Mrfc 2nds everyone got changed quickly followed by a focused 30 minute warm up.
In the first 10 minutes Munich held up well and the two teams appeared to be even. After the 15th minute however Munich was continouisly on the back foot as easy penalties were given away. Two missed tackles in a row and a good run by Bad Reichenhall led to their first try followed by a successful conversion. Even though the scrum was mostly dominated by the Lions, we also kept loosing possesion because of knock ons and poor support in the rucks. About 10 minutes after the first try Bad Reichenhall manages to score again with another conversion. Munich starts to get more and more confident after a few line breaks with the backs and an outstanding performance by the number 8 Rama. Just when it seemed like Munich was getting into the game Bad Reichenhall scores on the wing again. Just after the referee calls half time.
Coach Bilignio gave an motivation speech emphasisng that we needed to keep the ball and stop giving away simple penalties. In additions a few changes were made: New commer Max comes in and Tobi M. leaves the pitch for Ivan.
After half time Munich was very motivated again and Ramma scores in minute 50 with a good conversion by Robyn. Munich seemed to be a lot more awake now and kept the ball more in hand leading to another converted try again scored by Rama. Keen for the equaliser Munich kept going forward until an offload was intercepted and scored under the posts by Bad Reichenhall with a missed conversion. Another missed tackle led to a line break again right after kick-off and Bad Reichenhall scores once again. Munich answered quickly with another try by Rama and the game seemed to be open again. In Minute 68 Lilo got a yellow card due to an offside position and Bad Reichenhall scores another 3 points with the penalty. With 14 men Munich fights very hard to not receive another score but Bad Reichenhall used their advantage and scored in corner in the 80th minute.

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Mathieu Gaugibus
2. Jose Martin (ab 50.min Adrian Schiller)
3. Quentin Degroote (Capt.)
4. Christopher Köppen (ab 70.min Owain Williams)
5. Mariano Francolino
6. Niklas van Ingen (ab 60.min Max Strote) 
7. Tobias Lefherz
8. Ramathan Gavule
9. Robin Compeyron
10. Chris Heatherton (ab 70.min Juan Antonio Garcia)
11. Carlos Prieto
12. Javier Gonzales
13. Cornelius Henle
14. Tobias Mies (ab 41.min Ivan Kendzor)
15. Ieuan Roberts-Harry

Versuche: Ramathan Gavule 3x
Erhöhungen:  Robin Compeyron 3x


Herren Regionalliga Bayern

München, 19. Mai 2018, Bericht: Robin Compeyron


München RFC II : RC Regensburg 2000
60 : 5

MRFC II was receiving RC Regensburg 2000 for a rescheduled game from the 14 of April.
Whereas Regensburg was in the top trio of the league, the MRFC Lions, from the last place in the rankings, could already see the sword of relegation above their heads threatening to dive on our Blues. A slight North-East breeze was sweeping the ground, bringing a nice cover of grizzled quiet and dry clouds over the field, which, combined with pleasurable 21 degree temp, was synonymous to perfect rugby conditions.
The coach, Alan Moughty, took advantage of the day-off of the first team, to bring some freshness in the squad with some experienced players from the firsts who weren’t part of the trip that led to a thrilling close win the week-end before in Heidelberg. This willing was also illustrated by giving the chance to number 9 Antoine Miguet to captain for his first game back in the seconds. Although the kick-off, aimed to be at 14.30, was delayed by 15 minutes due to some traffic jam encountered by Regensburg on the way to Munich. The early stages, featured a missed penalty from Regensburg, turning out to be cut short. Rapidly on good pressure of our bunch of Lions, Regensburg was steered to play ball in hands in front of their own 22m line. Under such a pressure, small imprecision begin to appear, and decisions were faltering. And here came a pass a bit higher than the average. A pass that didn’t catch the hands of its receiver and the ball hit the ground letting a large open door for Robin Compeyron to pick the ball and to dash under the posts. The conversion by our French Johnny Wilkinson, Sir Fred Bégard, passed easily between the posts. And MRFC II were already leading 7-0 after only a couple of minutes into the game. Leading was one thing, but another one was that we needed the bonus point to put as much space as possible between the bottom of the league and us.  That’s something the players didn’t forget. In fact, after the restart kick-off, the blues were rapidly visiting again the opposite 22m. And, on a nice move of the backs, the piercing arrow Ieuan (pronounce “Ewan” for civilized people) Roberts-Harry, the charming and talented 15, came in like a breaking ball, delivering the leather to Javier Gonzalez, who, like a jaguar sprang out of his opposite wing to come in support on the left side and tore apart the last pieces of defense Regensburg had. From the left corner and on his good foot, the right-footed shooter Fred Dan Bégards didn’t shiver and converted the try increasing MRFC’s advance up to 14-0. At no point did Regensburg seem to worry MRFC. Thus, after a huge earth-moving work from the forwards, metronome Antoine Miguet could deliver a more than exploitable ball to his backs. A ball that was doomed, after a well performed combination, to end into some jaguar’s paws flying to the try. This time in the right corner, on a pass from Chris Hetherton “Ashton”, Javier Gonzalez could score his second try of the day, widening the gap and installing MRFC with 19 points of advance against his opponent of the day. At that time, one try more was needed to reach the 5-points Grail victory that consisted in the first step out of the red zone of the league. Unfortunately, or maybe to bring more suspense in that one-way game, Großhadern flickered. On the kick-off following previous try, the adverse and brilliant number 10 tried to change side, kicking in the wide space on the backs side. Launched, Robin Compeyron caught the ball and passed by the first defenders but was stuck by the number 10 in second wall. And, on a dangerous off-load, he delivered a piece of gold right into the hands of the same agile number 10. A piece of gold that turned out to be a piece of jewelry, when this goldsmith master slalomed into our defense firing to the right corner post, inscribing by the same time, the first 5 points of Regensburg 2000. 5 points that would turn out to be the only one in the whole game for the visitors. The conversion, from the line-out line was missed and our Lions were ready to rumble again. A thing that Ramathan Govule had totally understood. On the perfectly targeted kick-off from Fred Bégards, Rambadathan could take the ball alone in the middle of the nice clearing that Regensburg’s forwards had nicely set up. Speed and breaking tackles is something that Ramathan “Betsen” Govule mastered, and cutting his way into Regensburg’s open wound, he went to score the 4th try of MRFCs bonus point hunt, celebrating it with the famous “suuu…” gesture of his soccer counterpart CR7. Fred Bégards, in typical French no. 10 inconsistent fashion, and probably still digesting the last taken try, missed the conversion letting the advance of the blues to 24-5. The end of the second half was surely a bit more balanced. Maybe because of the appearance of some imprecision in our game and some good clearance kicks from Regensburg, occupying the spaces. Imprecision well illustrated by the nice knock-on by a far too quickly played 22m kick-off realized by some Ugandan player, whose name I’ll keep quiet.  (and it’s without saying that it should have afforded him the writing of this report from my point of view). The game, gently steering to the half-time, was about to see another noticeable movement. Back into Regensburg’s 22m with a nice placed line-out, 5 meters away from the try line, conductor Antoine Miguet was leading his pack, or rather his bulldozer in direction of the Promised Land. But gravel got stuck in the machinery, and he was forced to trigger a series of pick-and-go before giving the ball to the Ugandan kob, Ramathan Govule, who could dive over the try line scoring his second try of the day. Freddy Bégards, recovered his feet, and could convert the try just before the half-time. Half time score : 31-5.
The second half took the same shape as the first one, but would let more space to the forwards to reveal their magic. Indeed, enjoying a line-out on the left side near Regensburg’s 22m, a well executed combination let the sneaky Antoine Miguet take the ball and run through Regensburg’s players, delivering the ball to Mathieu Gougibus (or rather Gougitractor), who after following in support, smashed a couple of tackles and plunged into the try zone scoring the 6th try of the prolific day. Again, Federico Bégards could add 2 more points to the bill, and carrying the score to 38-5 in favor of MRFC. Some moments later in the game, we were once more glimpsing the try line in our sights. And this time on the right part of the field, after some pick-and-go, it’s the tall toreador Miguel Hernandez who caught hold of the ball and slipped swiftly through Regensburg’s bars and landed after the chalk line, giving 5 more points to MRFC. Just after, Fred “sniper” Bégards was adding 2 more points at the scoreboard. His last successful conversion of the game in fact. The following try, saw the hooker, General Joshua Kritzer, well inspired in not consuming himself inside the ruck, and waiting for the ball to come back, get the ball in open field and round off a proper hands to hands action, creating the space to flatten the ball on the ground. That type of collective action that should be showed in the rugby schools. Two tries are now missing to the roll call. The first one, went after a clearance kick followed by Owain “Bill” Williams. Struggling with the opposite winger for the ball, he managed to kickpass the ball in direction of the try line to Fred “Müller” Bégards who could push again the ball with his feet until he got grip of it and score his last 5 points of the game, inspired by his idol Yionel Beauxis for missing kicks. The last try was scored gently by the elegant José Martin, who as a proper prop, propelled himself properly into the try zone concluding another huge bulldozer work from the forwards and giving a new surge of envy for next game away in Bad Reichenhall.
Score at full time : 60-5
Let us now thank the referees and Regensburg’s team for this game, wishing them all the best for the last games of the season.
Thanks for reading !
(Note: This story is inspired of a true story, any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely intentional.)
Mom : Ramathan Govule
Hammer : Mathieu Gougibus
Dod : Robin Compeyron

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Mathieu Gaugibus
2. Joshua Kritzer (ab 70.min Owain Williams)
3. Quentin Degroote (Capt.) (ab 65.min Jose Martin)
4. Patrick Schenk (ab 65.min Lukas Mannhardt)
5. Mariano Francolino (ab 60.min Miguel Hernandez)
6. Tautuki Choice (ab 50.min Christopher Köppen) 
7. Ramathan Gavule
8. David Clegg
9. Antoine Miguet
10. Frederic Begards
11. Carlos Prieto (ab 70.min Ivan Kendzor)
12. Robin Compeyron
13. Chris Heatherton
14. Javier Gonzales (ab 55.min Tobias Mies)
15. Ieuan Roberts-Harry

Versuche: Javier Gonzales 2x, Ramathan Gavule 2x, Mathieu Gaugibus, Joshua Kritzer, Frederic Begards, Robin Compeyron, Martin Jose, Miguel Hernandez
Erhöhungen:  Frederic Begards 5x