Herren Regionalliga Bayern
München Freimann, 11. April 2014, Bericht: Kevin Briggs


RC Stusta München II : München RFC II
22 : 13

On beautiful day in Munich the Lions 2nd team took on Stusta 2nd in Stusta, on what seemed like a refurbished pitch until you walked on it. Stusta took the early lead 5mins from kick off by capatilising on a Lions mistake. Captain dirty Sanchez Kuhl inspired the Lions to fight back with Adrian 5mins later slotting a penalty to make it 5 - 3. Stusta took advantage of what seemed a sleepy Lions team putting 2 tries in the next 17mins. The Lions were pushing hard and were gaining ground with hotly contested rucks, in the end we were rewarded with a penalty right in front to finish the first half.
An inspirational speach by coach Antoine Miguet at half time saw the Lions scrum dominate StuSta with the referee constantly warning the lions about the 1.5m rule. A cool headed Mr. Abt calling the halt of the running of the bulls before reaching the limit. The focus was to use the back line as they were making good ground out wide. This new focus in the second half quickly had the Lions on the front foot with Adrian slotting another penalty. Not long after the Lions were back in the Stusta 22 hungry for more. Arnaud fighting above his weight class took on the Stusta forward pack and burst through for a try which Adrian quickly converted from the side line. Stusta fought back punishing the visitors for their mistakes and took the penalty to extend their lead. The Lions camped on the Stusta line for the last 15mins and were unable to cross the line with the ref blowing the whistle to finish another grueling local Derby. Stusta 22 MRFC 13.
MOM - Adrian
DOD - Kevin
Hammer - Arnaud

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Michael Abt
2. Constantin Kuhl (Capt.)
3. Stefan Feichtinger
4. Julian Bainbridge (ab 52.min Stefan Werner)
5. Jean-Philipp Techer (ab 55.min Christoph Bertinatto)
6. Alessandro Cossu
7. Jerome Prieto
8. Bruno Diaquino
9. Francis Soualle
10. Arnoud van den Bossche
11. Nicolas Dennilauler (ab 27.min Kevin Briggs)
12. Ronan Lefebvre
13. Konstantin Bachmann
14. Michel Bonetti
15. Adrian Codron

Versuch:  Arnoud van den Bossche
Erhöhung: Adrien Codron
Penalties: Adrien Codron 2x


Herren Regionalliga Bayern
München, 28. März 2014, Bericht:
Francis Soualle


München RFC II : Würzburger RK
13 : 15

As opening game of the spring season, the regional team of Munich received the team of Würzbug on that sunny saturday, a relatively young team in the Bavarian league, which did not cease to improve over the last years. Strong of three victories again Würzburg, Munich was therefore full of hope. This hope was also combined with the satisfaction to have a complete squad, especially filled with new players, like Nicolas, Stephane or Karbinian who would experience on that day their first game ever. Of course, other new team members showing stronger heritage in the Rugby discipline like the Brasilian Bruno or the German Julian were welcome to support the new comers and enhance in that way the average team level. Hence, the regional team of Munich was showing almost a new face (still marked with old scarces in the presence of the “future-ex” old boys, like Arno, Jerome, Jean-Philippe, Christophe and Francis). Of course, this patchwork of experience, nationality, age represent the usual and typical “signature” of the second team of Munich, and especially for the spring seasons. A characteristics which can be perceived sometimes as an advantage, sometimes as a drawback. The fate of this game will tell on which side the medal would fall… The beginning of this first half time was taken by each team, to set-up the new combinations that were certaindly worked during the winter break. For the Munich team this was also the opportunity to be acquainted with your closest partner in a real game situation. A clear difference could be observed between the team of Würzburg which was played for the first time two years ago and the guest team of that day. It was obvious that the game of the “Franken” team won in organisation and continuity, especially in the rocks. Nevertheless, experienced players like Tom or Jerome, succeeded to counterbalance this, and after 30 minutes, the pitch possession was on the side of the Bavarian team with some very good off-loads learnt at training. This positive dynamic was suddenly broken from Würzburg, stealing the ball from the back line and having a fast 50m run to score the 1st try of the game. This first try did not completely reflected the game situation, but was of course welcomed by the Bavarian opponents leading with 5 to 0 after conversoin! To answer as fast as possible to this, a penalty was kicked successfully to put the score back to a more balance level with 5-3. This result ended the first half time, which could not highlight any dominating team, but which fully demonstrated the real progression of Würzburg over the last two years.
The second period started much more quicker that the first one, now that the automatisms were set-up: the opening kick-off from Würzburg, was perfectly caught by Stephane would just entered the pitch, and this young father full of testosterone ran into Würzburg defense, forcing in that was defensing line to move back. This situation was used profitably by the Bavarian team who played rapidly two rocks and with a good spider clean-up providing the ball into the hands of Julian who, like Würzburg 20 minutes before, succeeded to break through the defense before kindly placing the ball between both posts. This try, unfortunately not converted (which will be regretted later…), allowed Munich to take the lead on the score, a much better situation from a psychological point of view, of course. The middle of the second half time started to see injuries on both sides, certainly a proof for a lack of fitness, at least from Munich side. As a consequence, most of the game actions took place in the middle of pitch, a proof that no offensice situation could really be concretised up to its end. It is still important to mention two “one man” actions from Munich side. The first one is the wonderfull interception of the ball in the ten meters of the franken team. Under pressure on a scrum, in their own camp, the back line decided to play the ball, from the fly half up to the second center. Rushing like a light from a stormy sky, Jerome, also known as “le ronchon”, took the right moment to intercept the ball between both centers, and needed just a few meter to score a try, again between both posts. But again the conversion could not be succeffully executed, which will have its importance in the final outcome of the game. The second “one man” action was executed by the scrum half, Francis, who still believeS that he can learn kicking despite the many catastrophic “aerian” attempts, performed in the past years. As consequence, on a perfectly located rock in the middle of pitch, the small frenchy announced the famous “box kick”, armed his feet, took a breath and launched the ball like a rocket up to an height of …. Maybe 3 to 4 meters…. But still in front of the Munich team!! This represented of course a real improvement for Francis who consequently still believes in a destiny like Sir Wilkinson… At that time of the game, four minutes before the end, the score was 13-to-10 for the MRFC. Believing that this score would be the final one, the Munich team decided to adopt a defensive attitude, stretching its defense along the width of pitch, and betting that no offensice could break this wall. Unfortunately, the fate proved the contrary… Peu à peu, Würzburg won meter per meter before ending in the ten meters of the hosting team. The pressure was certainly too strong for this newly constituted Munich team, and a classical but efficient combination of “pick and go”, terminated with an opening ball to the back got reason of the hopes of Munich. Scoring at the very end corner of the pitch, the final mark was 15-to-13. This score and especially the way it was brought represented for Munich team an immense desillusion, which could easily be perceived in the eyes of the Munich players. This represented also the first loss against Würzburg team. Now, after a few minutes (and beers) the positive aspects of that game rose away. The first one is the pleasure to play with a full squad, the second one being to observe a decrease of the average age of team thanks to the new coming players and the third one is satisfaction to see the exercices, combinations and drills worked during the winter break to be concretised in a non-negligible part of this first game of the spring season. The final MRFC nominations were Julian as player of day, Arno as Hammer and finally your sport prefered reporter, Francis, again as dick of the day….

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Didier Caneilles (ab 9.min Jean-Philipp Techer)
2. Constantin Kuhl (Capt.)
3. Ramon Tarrago (ab 41.min Christoph Bertinatto)
4. Tom Grealish
5. Julian Bainbridge
6. Padraig Naughton
7. Stefan Werner (ab 41.min Lois Begue)
8. Bruno Diaquino
9. Francis Soualle
10. Arnoud van den Bossche
11. Michel Bonetti (ab 60.min Nicolas Dennilauler)
12. Karsten Konduktorow
13. Jerome Prieto
14. Alexis Premet (ab 60.min Korbinian Vogel)
15. Pierre de Bartoli

Versuche: John Bainbridge, Jerome Prieto
Penalty: Bruno Diaquino


Herren Regionalliga Bayern
München, 22. November 2014, Bericht:
Francis Soualle


München RFC II : TSV 1846 Nürnberg
5 : 64

It was one of these days that any Rugby player would ask for to really enjoy the game. The temperature was warm enough not to wear any unnecessary layer of clothes. The air was fresh but not too cold and with no risk of burning the lungs. With a low position in the sky, the sun was just starting to touch the top of the trees. The lawn prepared by our favourite ground keeper, Ralf, was green, little wet and soft. Even the opponents of the day, the team of Nürnberg, looked like really fit, ready to contest in the best spirit of Rugby this game. Yes, all the conditions were definitively met in this nice day of automn to have a tough and hopefully fair game. All except one… a defficient number of players from Munich Rugby Football Club side. The meeting time was planned as usual one-and-half hour before Kick-Off. Gradually (“peu à peu”, as we would say on the other side of the Rhein), Munich players came to complete the squad which looked quite tiny on this day. A quarter of hour before KO, all players participating to the usual warm-up exercises looked at each other, with one question on their face: Would be the team complete enough to compete for an official game? The fatidical lower bound of 13 players was indeed still not reached. 13 was exactly the number of brave players who contested the game in Augsburg, a few weeks ago, against 15 opponents and without conceding the fatal 50-0. Everyone was praying to see one of these LMPs (Last Minute Players) arriving like the Messi bringing bread and water to the crowd. Even with one minute of delay before KO, no one would have pass the remark to this potential Messi for the retard. Hundred percent tolerance would have been the law today. But no, no miracle happened and this was with a big desilusion that there was no way to escape the 50-0 in favor of Nurnberg… So, “against bad fortune good heart” we would say in France and rapidly both teams agreed for a friendly game, 12 against 12, a format which was quite unusual and would reserve some surprises. At this point we would like to thank both Nurnberg team and the referee for their fair play and good humor, which clearly improved the quality of the afternoon! By putting Jerome Pommay as “a volunteer” for the line refering, the number of supporters suddenly decreased of 25%. This gesture from Jerome’s side was well appreciated and it has also the avantage that Jerome could provided valuable advices to the players like (“run big bull!”, “did you forget your legs at home?”, “pffff”, are just examples). Both teams had not played for a long time between each other, four or five years at least. After a tour in the upper bundesleague, the team of Nürnberg was back to the regional league. Rich of this experience it was clear from the beginning that Nürnberg would not leave any minute of rest to Munich team, even for a friendly game. But the squad of Munich was not empty of experience neither! Counting with more than half of the players having more than 40 years (Uwe, Michel, Jerome, Francis, Jean-Philippe, Arnaud and Christophe), the cumul of all of these years of great, respected and undeniable experience (except in the category fitness) might possibly make a difference for the final outcome. This aspect of the team had also the advantage to create some troubles in the defence: the first call of the opposite 10, “I’ve got the grey-haired”, was completely missunderstood by his team mates, as 7 of these MRFCII players shared the same morphological characteristics!. The first 10 minutes let some hope for Munich to win the game or at least to finish with an honorific result. Ball and ground possession were pretty similar and both teams definitively wanted to “visit” all corners of the pitch, to be sure that it was effectively of rectangular shape. Now, after these “opening” minutes the trend in favor of the Franken team became clearer and clearer. A first try imposed by the Nürnberg forwards, and won after a long serie of  “3 points” defense on Munich line opened the “pandora box”. Surprisingly, the strength of Nürnberg team did not come where it was expected, from the forwards (based on the souvenir from the regional league games played in the 2005 to 2010 period) but from the backs. Years pass and teams change too!. (this is not related to the age of the players evidently….)!. And indeed, the backs of Nürnberg team rapidly took the advantage, finding gaps in the Munich back line, which could not find a solution to cover this pitch whose width did not cease to increase and increase. It was not possible to reproach a lack of courage or tenacity to Munich defense. Each time, the 10, 12 or 13 of Nürnberg could break the bavaria line, the back line continued to pursue the opponents. The best example was the “visit card” offered by the first center to Arnaud who jumped again on his feet to bring him the card again. Special bonus point for MRFCII is to allocate to the lineout where Laurenz and Nicolai as jumper found them correctly and provided clear balls for the attacks. In addition Laurenz made good foreward runs, allowing to bring the ball in the back of the Nurnberg defence, nicely imitated by Uwe. Now, even if the fate of the game was almost sealed, many times Munich teams tried to get at least one try, synonyme of liberation, almost “lifesaving” for team’s honor. This was the case of a sequence of passes “à la champagne” which let the defense of Nürnberg almost petrified. This sequence started with Christophe who gave the “egg” to JP, who offered in his turn on a plateau the “maybe try ball” to Jerome,  who started the sprint of his life unfortunatly at the middle line, thinking possibly that a bone of Diplodocus was promised to him if he could cross the try line! Now, the last franconian defender suddently stoped his hope, his dream by tackling him from the side, pushing him in that way to the line out. Another example of this tenacity was offered by Laurenz who succeeded to penetrate and contest three successive tackles but had to admit his incapicity to resists to the fourth one. We should not forget the proud tackle of Nicolai on the strongest, heaviest player of Nürnberg team, letting him down to the ground as though he would be twig. Finally the best example of tenacity was offered by Simon who stagged on the feet of a player on ground, and fall head first on the knee on one franconian player. An obvious Knock Out. But no, Simon still believed he could continue the game even with a black eye, and all Munich players succeeded with difficulty to convince him he could not go further, without risking some worse injury. Now, the bavaria team was reduced to 11 members, and the mean age of the team clearly get up. As the tries of the team of Nürnberg started to fall like leafes from the trees in this splendid automn season, the liberation came from one of the most puzzling action: starting with a penalty played rapidly, maybe too rapidly from Francis, the taped ball did not end in his hands but merely a few decimeters in front-of him. The penalty was played in an very inconventional way which resulted in a sort of discussion between players of both sides and the referee (who still did not have whistled by the way), to know if the ball was or not playable. The munich teams took profit of the confusion to rapidly fetch the ball from the ground and bring him to Christoph who threw his back out by giving at the 40m line a cross ball to Jerome who could finally get his promised Diplodocus bone by putting the try right in the middle of the posts. An action which costed him at least 2 minutes to get again his breath. The Munich try was finally there! The explanation provided by Jerome for the 2 mn, , a time winning, did not convinced anybody. From that point, since all objectives of team were achieved, a serie of actions was initiated to bring a new conception of rugby strategy to world. Here we could cite Alex who decided to play with his jersey on his head, runing the ball in his hands, like a chicken without head on the field. Decision was also made that all actions even in their 22, shall start from the back line, ignoring in that way the kicks to the line-out (maybe not so bad with regards to the number of “ducks” in the the team). Prority was made to a game of passes, even the most exotic ones like the “chistera” tempted by the 1m60 scrum-half, who apparently mis-estimated with several meters of errors, the real position of his fly half and third row, leading to a highly precise pass for the oposite player in the try line…
The game ended after two half-time of 30minutes, with an unambiguous score of 64 to 5. A Nürnberg team which of course deserved both victories. Now many bavarian players merely thought that the score was 18-12, 18 players for Nürnberg and 12 for Munich…
The final MRFC nominations were Jerome as player of day, Mich as Hammer and finally your sport prefered reporter, Francis, as dick of the day….

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Uwe Heiss
2. Simon Laurich
3. Laurenz Krüger
4. Jean-Philipp Techer
5. Christoph Bertinatto
6. Michel Bonetti
8. Jerome Prieto
9. Francis Soualle
10. Arnoud van den Bossche
11. Alexandre Schranz
12. Pierre de Bartoli

Versuch: Jerome Prieto

Herren Regionalliga Bayern

Regenburg, 2. November 2014, Bericht: Antoine Ducardonnet


RC Regensburg 2000 : München RFC II
24 : 5

With a pleasant weather on Sunday 2 November, MRFC took the train to Ratisbonne in order to defy the Red and Whites. The steam in Regensburg was pretty good and the Munich team started the game in good conditions (except for Jerome who was still a bit tired of his party Saturday night…). After a kick-off of Den the game started really tough, a lot of hard contacts, some big tackles (cartouches…) and nice runs. During the first 20 minutes MRFC let Regensburg play their own rugby, and then they scored two tries in a row! After that, Munich decided to react and started playing the Munich way, Kiwi, Fidji and Arctics became our words and after a powerful Hammer, MRFC through Marti scored its first try! After this beautiful try, Munich kept going playing MRFC’s rugby until the break. After that, unfortunately the game became really complicated… It seems that both teams were tired and then everything was more confused, scrums were not stable anymore, some tackles were performed a bit high and more foreward passes were done. It was then much more difficult for the backs to get clean balls. Fortunately, the impacts brought a bit of fresh air which was really welcome. Nevertheless, due to bad tackles, Regensburg scored two more tries. In the last 10 minutes, the referee decided to calm everybody by giving two yellow cards to Ratisbonne. To finish, on the last action, Munich almost scored a second try but the team lost the ball in front of the line.
This Sunday, Munich played well, with pride, did not give up and stay calm. It was a good rugby day! Looking forward to next saturday which will be a great rugby day!
Hammer: Den
Mom: Billy
Dod: Antoine

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Antoine Ducardonnet (ab 65.min Constantin Kuhl)
2. Niklas Graf
3. Guilherme Buff (Capt.)
4. Owain Williams
5. Lucas Marchi
6. Martin Salvador (ab 60.min Jerome Prieto)
7. Kevin Briggs (ab 50.min Tautuki Choice)
8. Tom Grealish
9. Steven Cheung
10. Gill Denmarbie
11. Konstantin Bachmann (ab 70.min Daniel Weber)
12. Ronan Levfebvre
13. Tobias Lefherz
14. Alessandro Cossu
15. Arnoud van den Bossche

Versuch: Martin Salvador

Herren Regionalliga Bayern

Würzburg, 25. Oktober 2014, Bericht: Owain Williams

Würzburger RK : München RFC II
3 : 22

A comfortable start to the day was a given travelling as we were by car to Wurzburg. Meeting time was a nice late 9am. Somehow Konstantin Notkuhl missed this but we travelled onwards with just 18 players. Arriving at the new Wurzburg pitch we had some time to relax and warm up a little in their sports hall. With the game underway Munich wasted no time. Good clearing from a ruck opened space for scrum half Steve to make a clean 40 yard break for the first score of the game, a converted try under the sticks. After this the game was played a little in the Munich 22 but good defence from the MRFC II gave only 3 points to Wurzburg. Midway through the second half Munich woke up again and spotted an opening out wide. After the ball went through the hands of half the team Luca crashed over for a 5 pointer. After this the game broke down a little although Munich had a few opportunities for more points. Turning down the 3 points on offer from penalties on more than 3 occasions led to missed scores as the lineout option did not function as well as it had done earlier in the game. In the second half Munich  started keenly again and after some time spent just inside the opponents half Uwe threw a sweet dummy and proceeded on a mazy run through the opposition 22 to score bring MRFC II to 17-3 in our favour. As legs got tired the game again broke down a little but a late tackle on Arnaud gave the team space to draw breath as Arnaud counted his ribs and crawled off the floor to continue. And nice crossfield kick from the resulting play almost led to a try for Bilinho who was lurking out on the wing but he was stopped just short after his catch and sprint. Munich continued to apply pressure and committed defence prevented Wurzburg making it past the Munich 10 yard line again in the match. As the game was nearly gone it looked like the final score was already written but in the dying minutes the team came together for one last push. Taking the ball from the last scrum of many in the match, Antoine made a nice 'Mr Christian' and having moved the ball wide before contact the ball went again through the hands before Alex found a gap and got the bonus point for the MRFC II.

Honourable Mentions:
Alex for a try saving tackle in 1st half
Ronan and Arnaud for some great running lines
The front row for 'A' defence on rucks
Dishonorable Mentions:
Konstantin Kuhl for failure to show up
Konstantin Bachmann for subbing himself after 25 minutes
Goal kicking. Practice required.
Hammer: Bilinho
Man of the Match: Antoine
DOD: Owain

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Uwe Heiss
2. Niklas Graf
3. Guilherme Buff (Capt.)
4. Owain Williams
5. Lucas Marchi
6. Martin Salvador
7. Antoine Ducardonnet
8. Tautuki Choice (ab 55.min Nikolai Halfer)
9. Steven Cheung
10. Gill Denmarbie
11. Konstantin Bachmann (ab 25.min Pierre de Bartoli)
12. Ronan Levfebvre
13. Alexandre Schranz
14. Francis Soualle (ab 45.min Alessandro Cossu)
15. Arnoud van den Bossche

Versuche: Steven Cheung, Lucas Marchi, Alexandre Schranz, Uwe Heiss
Erhöhung: Gill Denmarbie