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2. Bundesliga Süd
Karlsruhe, 2. September 2017, Bericht:
Scott Warner

Karlsruher SV : München RFC
15 : 8

The Münchner RFC travelled to Karlsruhe in good spirits and feeling confident after a successful few weeks of pre season. The Lions travelled with a strong squad plus a small group of travelling fans, clearly excited for the start of the new season.
MRFC started strongly with some good possession and took an early lead thanks to the boot of Fred Begards. Despite some good continuity play from Munich, Karlsruhe were able to contain strong runs from Robbie Schuster, Nik Graf and Yassin Barik. Karlsruhe then began to take more control of ball thanks to a very solid set piece. The pressure was then on MRFC to try and contain the strong forward runners from the home side. Munich defended stoutly but the defence was finally unlocked thanks to a clever lineout play that caught the blues sleeping. This was followed by a penalty to take Karlsruhe to an 8-3 lead at Half Time. After a strong talking to at the break. The Lions started the second half in dream fashion. Schuster regathered the ball directly from kick off and was able to give the ball wide to Maxime 'paper eater' Gelly who showed moderate pace for a front rower to score in the corner. With 15 minutes left of the game both teams were pushing hard for a decisive score. It was the home team who again, using the strength of the lineout and big forward runners, were able to crash over the line next to the posts to take the lead (15-8).
Munich continued to knock at the door but were unable to convert the opportunities into points. The impressive Karlsruhe defence worked hard all day and, as the heavens opened, kept Munich out for a deserved win. MRFC will return to Fortress Großhadern next week to take on Heidelberger TV and know that with a couple of tweaks here and there can look forward to a successful season.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards (ab 71.min Sergio Delgardo)
2. Maxime Gelly
3. Guilherme Buff
4. David Clegg
5. Yassin Barik
6. Tobias Lefherz (ab 63.min Philip Mack)
7. Niklas Graf (ab 78.min Quentun Degroote)
8. Robert Schuster
9. Antoine Miguet (Capt.) (ab 60.min Denmarbie Gill)
10. Jacob Fafiolu
11. Alexander Marka
12. Sam Cross (ab 51.min Alexander Michelfelder)
13. Sebastian Schuppel
14. Alexander Schranz (ab 70.min Maximilian Sonntag)
15. Frederic Begards

Try: Maxime Gelly
Penalty: Frederic Begards