2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 28. Oktober 2017, Bericht:
Scott Warner

München RFC : RC Rottweil
14 : 12

It was a cold but clear day in Munich as the Lions prepared for what would be a close and physical game against a strong Rottweil team.
The game started with the away team dominating possession. Despite this they were unable to convert it into points as the MRFC defence suffocated the attack. In the end it was the home side who scored the first points of the day with captain Antoine Miguet spotting a hole in the defence and breaking through, rounding the full back and sliding over between the posts. The try was converted by debutant Adam Popperwell. Rottweil continued to apply pressure on the Munich defence but the blues were able to withstand the constant attack. Outstanding defensive performances from ever present Nik Graf, the energetic Sam Cross and hammer Jakob Fafiolu meant that the boys from Baden-Württemberg were becoming increasingly frustrated. At the half time point MRFC led 7-0 in a cagey encounter. The Rottweilers came out for the second half and showed more bite in attack. The front 5 were beginning to make yards and punch holes in the tiring Munich defence. Eventually this lead to a big front rower crashing over from close range. The successful conversion brought the scores level for the first time in the game. This was followed by another quick score and suddenly the home team were up against it and had all hands to the pump as the scoreline was now 7-12 to the away side.
The MRFC bench then came into the game. Spanish rock Sergio Delgado brought in much needed freshness and size into the front row and Ugandan speedster Brian Kikawa brought both experiences and pace into the wide channels. Popperwell kept asking questions of the Rottweil defence with an impressive first outing for the club whilst man of the match Fred Odur partnered well with the work horse Cross in the centres. Back rower Ramathan Govule and French flyer Robin Compeyron both impressed as Munich began to build pressure. In the end it was a combination of 3 debutants who pulled out the match winning play. Kikawa made a electric break down the right wing, transferring his 7s skills into the 15 a side version of the game. Kikawa was backed up magnificently by the marauding Odur who danced his way past 2 defenders to race away under the sticks (moves that we will see more of later on in the evening). Popperwell cooly stepped up and slotted home the conversion to take a 2 point lead (14-12) with 5 minutes on the clock.
The Munich defence was able to hold on for the last 5 minutes as Rottweil threw the kitchen sink at them. Despite only 25% of possession Munich were still able to get the win at home. A much needed response after a disappointing result the week before.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Alex Loders (ab 29.min Joshua Kritzler)
3. Gerd Gerhards (ab 50.min Sergio Delgado)
4. Patrick Schenk (ab 55.min Guilherme Buff)
5. David Clegg
6. Niklas Graf
7. Tautuki Choice (ab 60.min Alan Moughty)
8. Ramathan Govule
9. Antoine Miguet (Capt.)
10. Adam Popperwell
11. Douglas Kenison (ab 41.min Brian Kikawa)
12. Sam Cross
13. Fred Odur
14. Javier Gonzales (ab 41.min Robin Compeyron)
15. Jakab Fafiolu
Versuche: Antoine Miguet, Fred Odur
Erhöhungen: Adam Popperwell 2x