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2. Bundesliga Süd
Heidelberg, 16. April 2016, Bericht:
Sebastian Schüppel

Heidelberger TV : München RFC
24 : 36

Another big Rugbyday this saturday for the MRFC. They had to travel to Heidelberg to defend the first place oft he 2nd german bundesliga against HTV which where only one point behind them at 2nd place in the league and perhaps one of the best team in that league. Ambitions were high and the mood was awesome and so the lions took off at 7.30 to their destination Heidelberg. The must beautiful city in the world. Unfortunately the whole team needed to wait half an our hour for his center Sebastian Schüppel who forgot to buy a newspaper to satisfied the intellectual mind of Gerd Gerhards perhaps the most intelligent prop who has ever touch a rugbyball. So he was correctly voted the dod. What an idiot. After a great bustrip with our beloved busdriver who seems to be as old as the queen the lions arrived in Heidelberg with still plenty of time left to get to know the field. The weather was perfect for rugby and for the skin of our teamleader Scott Warner. With great support from the sideline el Presidente Helmut and his mate, Lofty Stevenson who is also called the Emmanuel Kant of Rugby and the injured second rower Richard Schuster who is only beautiful when you drink at least 2 litres of beer, which is not that difficult in Munich) the game started at 3 o clock. The ambitions where high on booth sides and everybody in the whole city could feel that. Both teams were keen to win this game. Munich to stay on top an heidelberg to get on top.
From the beginning it was Heidelberg who had the better start and they managed to put Munich under pressure with their big forwards and fast backs. But Munich defended very well and managed to keep their scoreboard clean. After 18 Minutes it was heidelberg who marked the first 5 points. After a well execuded lineout and beautiful maul they managed to drove ofter the try line to put them 5:0 ahead. Although the conversion was missed it was now munich wo needed to show that they are on top oft he league for a reason. And after the this first try Munich woke up started to getting better and better . It was now an equal game with chances to score tries on both sides. But munich managed to build pressure and  fought themselves into the 22 of heidelberg. And it was their wing Alex Schranz wo went over the tryline of heidelberg after a strong effort from the munich back rower Scott Warner (with a stomach full of fish and chips) . Unfortunately the ball was held up correctly by Heidelberg and so the score was still 5:0. But munich stayed in the 22 of Heidelberg. And 5 minutes later it was Lucas Marchi who dived over the tryline to put munich on the scoreboard just before halftime.
This first try for munich was crucial one but it was also a hard one .Heidelberg defended with everything they got and unfortunately the munich 9 Robert Schuster broke his arm just seconds before munich score the try. So Munich earned 5 points because the conversion of the georgian number 10 Sandro Tschaidse was not succesfull but they lost their number 9 who played a great season so far and will be painfully missed fort he last two games.
If the beginning oft he first half belong to HTV it was now Munich who put Heidelberg under pressure from the first minute of the second half. The Scrum worked very well and Munich dominated Heidelberg in this part of the. The lineouts starting to get better and better. And the new number 9 Antoine Miguet also called „metre en cul“ had a great day and played like he was back in 1789 and wanted storm the bastille on his own. Logically it was Munich who scored the first try after the second half by its georgian number 10 who went over the tryline after several well execuded forward phases. This time the ugly georgian found the traget to put munich 5:12 ahead.. But the only thing which is harder to earn the lead in such a game is to stay in front and defend the lead. But Munich did very well an kept playing like score was still 0:0. And so it was just 5 Minutes later that their back rower and former capri-sun-boy Sidney Brenner (who never mentioned before that he played once for the HRK and won three titles in one season) dived ofter the tryline after a beautiful assist from Maxime the coq en vine Gelly to put Munich further ahead. This time the conversion was also succesful by the georgian cheese footer. It was now a comfortable lead for munich of 5:19 but the munich teamleader remind his boys about the game Liverpool Dortmund not to do the same mistakes like Tuchel did and stay focused. But then suddenly the game turned around and the HTV boys starting to put pressure on the Munich defence and after two silly mistakes they managed to work their way through the defence and scored another try shorten the gap to 12:19. Now Munich needed to show that they can also play good rugby under pressure and they did. Just Seconds after the kickoff munich reclaim the ball and scored another try after several forward phases who did an awesome job in this period of the game to spread the Heidelberg defence. So it was the argentinian winger Javier Gonzales who got the ball  kicked it like Maradonna throw the Heidelberg defence and picked it up by himself after the tryline for his first try after the era of Seniora Kirchner. Although the conversion was just wide it was now Munich again ahead with a 12:24 lead. For the HTV this try was like Kryptonit for superman. The did everything to shorten the gap after two fast tries from Munich. And as they achieved to score this try they were hit by the Maradonna double Javier Gonzales who showed that Heidelberg is not Anfield road. Not yet. And so it was the center Sebastian Schüppel who scored another try for Munich just a few Minutes later to put Munich further ahead. HTV managed to shorten the gap again with a converted try. But after a misstake from the HTV fullback Sebastian Schüppel picked up the ball again and scored its second try just 3 before the final whistle and earned himself a extra proteinshake from his gym mate and brother in mind Alex Loders. At the end it was again the HTV boys who scored the final try for a 24:36 result.
At the end Munich took the win over Heidelberg. It was a tough game for both sides but much more important it also was a fair game. Despite the result of 24:36 this game could easily gone either ways.
Next weekend Munich is looking forward to defend the top oft he league against Stuttgart and try to keep their dream alive of winning the 2nd german bundesliga süd.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Alex Loders (ab 47.min Maxime Gelly)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Bruno Diaquino
5. Padraig Noughton
6. Luca Marchi (ab 73.min Niklas Graf)
7. Scott Warner
8. Sidney Brenner (Capt)
9. Robert Schuster (ab 39.min Antoinne Miguet)
10. Sandro Tschaidse
11. Javier Gonzales
12. David Clegg
13. Sebastian Schüppel (ab 78.min Tobias Lefherz)
14. Alexandre Schranz (ab 70.min Julian Köhnlein)
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Sebastian Schüppel 2x, Luca Marchi, Sandro Tschaidse, Sidney Brenner, Javier Gonzales
Erhöhungen:
Sandro Tschaidse 3x

 

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 09. April 2016, Bericht:
Maxime Gelly

München RFC : RC Rottweil
29 : 14

After the nice victory against Handschuheim, Munich wanted to confirm the leadership of the 2nd bundesliga by a new victory against Rottweil for the first home game of 2016. Both teams were motivated and the black and yellow started really hard and almost scored the first try stopped by our strong defense. We then took the advantage scoring our first try after a nice run from our center Sebastian Schüppel, follow the conversion from our fly half Tschaidse. The blue and white lions applied their game plan dominating scrum and lineouts and second try was scored from our second raw Bainbridge. A penalty was added close before the first half end. 15:0 for MRFC.
Second half started with nice run from both teams, and Rottweil went back on the score after a nice run open side to score their first try and conversion. Nevermind, the lions keep playing their game and scored a third try by our 10 Tschaidse after a pass from hooker Gelly. Munich worked hard to get the fourth try synonymous of bonus point. After a Rottweiler scrum on their 10 m and a nice turnover after a big pressure of the blue pack, scrum half Robert Schuster scored the last try of the Day for Munich. Rottweil scored a second try before the end of the game. Final score 29:14 for Munich and first and only leader of the league.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Maxime Gelly (ab 70.min Alex Loders)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Julian Bainbridge
5. Richard Schuster
6. Bruno Diaquino (ab 51.min Niklas Graf)
7. Luca Marchi (ab 60.min Antoinne Miguet)
8. Sidney Brenner (Capt)
9. Robert Schuster
10. Sandro Tschaidse
11. Nino Haase (ab 55.min Tobias Lefherz)
12. David Clegg (ab 65.min Javier Gonzales)
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Alexander Marka (ab 65.min Julian Köhnlein)
15. Alexandre Schranz (ab 51.min Frederic Begards)

Versuche: Sebastian Schüppel, Julian Bainbridge, Sandro Tschaidse, Robert Schuster
Erhöhungen:
Sandro Tschaidse 3x
Penalty: Sandro Tschaidse

2. Bundesliga Süd
Heidelberg, 02. April 2016, Bericht:
Scott Warner

TSV Handschuhsheim II : München RFC
12 : 18

After a long 4 month winter break the MRFC players were looking forward to getting back into competitive action and the second half of the season could not have started tougher with a top of the table clash with TSV Handschuhsheim. Two weeks previously Munich had traveled with a mixed squad to Vienna for a friendly which certainly gave the players an edge at the start of the game. MRFC came flying out of the blocks with fast and aggressive running. The beautiful sunshine and fantastic artificial surface worked to Munich's advantage as scrum half Robbie Schuster moved the big Handshuhsheim pack around the field. Despite the sustained pressure and a yellow card for Handschuhsheim's prop forward it was the Heidelberg club who opened the scoring with a break away opportunistic kick through which was touched down by the pacey winger. Munich stuck to the game plan and continued moving the ball around and dominating the set piece thanks to a scrummaging and lineout masterclass from Gerd Gehards, Karl Wolf and Richard Schuster.
New Fly Half Sandro Tschaidse directed the back line superbly and showed excellent decision making to take advantage of the pace of Sebastian Schüppel and the power of David Clegg. It was Schüppel, who eventually opened the scoring for MRFC as he found space outside and ran the ball under the posts. Tschaidse converted to make the score 7-5 to Munich. Both sides then exchanged big carries and big tackles. The Back Row combination of Lucas Marchi and Sidney Brenner worked hard in both attack and defence and this led to the second try which was an outstanding effort from Man of the Match Schüppel who broke through 3 tackles to score taking Munich's lead to 12-5. Munich were able to use a very strong bench which meant fresh legs could come into the game in the closing stages. Antoine Miguet, Nik Graf and Nino Haase worked tirelessly to close out the game while Alex Loders continued to show the Handschuhsheim front row a thing or two about scrummaging. Argentinian flyer Javier Gonzalez replaced the excellent Alex Schranz at full back and added some much needed experience as well as making a magnificent try saving tackle that kept Munich in the lead.
Tschaidse kicked 2 well earned penalties to take MRFC's lead out to an unassailable 18-5. The Heidelberg club were not going to go down without a fight and continued to push and eventually scored a well deserved try to secure the losing bonus point and a final score of 18-12.

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Maxime Gelly
3. Gerd Gerhards (ab 47.min Alex Loders)
4. Bruno Diaquino (ab 54.min Niklas Graf)
5. Richard Schuster
6. Luca Marchi
7. Sidney Brenner (Capt) (ab 37.min Antoinne Miguet)
8. Sicott Warner
9. Robert Schuster
10. Sandro Tschaidse
11. Tobias Lefherz (ab 47.min Nino Haase)
12. David Clegg
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Alexander Marka
15. Alexandre Schranz (ab 58.min Javier Gonzales)

Versuche: Sebastian Schüppel 2x
Erhöhungen:
Sandro Tschaidse
Penalties: Sandro Tschaidse 2x

2. Bundesliga Süd
Regensburg, 14. November 2015, Bericht:
 Niklas Graf

RC Regensburg 2000 : München RFC
5 : 24

Am 14.11.2015 begab sich die 1.XV des München Rugby Football Club zum Auswärtsspiel nach Regensburg. Das auf 18-Mann dezimierte Team des MRFC sollte hier auf eine stark verbesserte Starting XV des RC Regensburg 2000 treffen. Nach einer Schweigeminute in Gedenken an die Opfer der Terroranschläge in Paris, hieß es Kickoff für die beiden Mannschaften. Kurz nach Beginn gelang den Gastgebern der Erstschlag. Nach mehreren ungenauen Spielzügen des MRFC und dominanten Scrums seitens des RC Regensburg, war es den Gastgebern möglich durch mehrere Pässe zu den Outside-Backs die zu Beginn sehr passive Verteidigung der Gäste auszunutzen, um die ersten Punkte in der Ecke der Münchner In-Goal Zone zu erzielen. Dadurch sichtlich überrascht wurden die Gäste sehr viel aggressiver in der Verteidigung, was zu mehreren Ballverlusten für den RC Regensburg führte, die der MRFC zu seinem Vorteil nutzte, um sich mehrmals tief in der Hälfte der Regensburger zu finden. Zuerst gelang es den Gastgebern noch diesem Druck der Münchner durch ein akkurates Kickspiel und eine starke Verteidigung gerade vor der eigenen Try-Line Stand zu halten. Davon unbeeindruckt war schließlich Robert Schuster derjenige, der nach mehreren starken Carries der MRFC Forwards den Ball durch die Verteidigung des RC hindurch über die Try-Line zu tragen. Zwischenstand 5-7 nach der erfolgreichen Conversion durch Charles Delerue-Simon, der an diesem Tag sein vorerst letztes Spiel für den MRFC bestritt.
Nach der Halbzeitpause entschied sich das Münchner Pack ,angeführt von Guillherme Buff, der ebenfalls sein letztes Spiel für diese Saison bestritt, dazu mehrere positionelle Änderungen im Scrum vorzunehmen. Die daraus resultierende Dominanz der Münchner Forwards in den Scrums als auch den Line-Outs, gab der Backline des MRFC mehrere gute Chancen, die diese ähnlich wie vorher die Gastgeber durch schnelle Pässe auf die Wings gnadenlos ausnutzten um einen weiteren Try für den MRFC zu legen. Conversion nicht erfolgreich. Danach war es allerdings der RC Regensburg der die Münchner ,begünstigt durch deren Indisziplin, tief in die eigene Hälfte zurückzudrängen. Mehrere Phasen starker defensiver Leistung seitens des MRFC folgten, die am Ende dazu führten, dass Einer der Regensburger Spieler ,sichtlich unter Druck den Ball nicht an Scott Warner zu verlieren, dem Captain der Münchner einen Tritt ins Gesicht versetzte. Der Captain war „not amused“, behielt jedoch seine Fassung und gewann in dem darauffolgenden Line-Out den Ball für den MRFC. Diese Dominanz in den Line-Outs stellte den RC unter immensen Druck, was dazu führte, dass nach einem schnell ausgeführten Penalty-Kick Robert Schuster schnell in die Red-Zone der Regensburger gelangte, um dort den dritten Try für den MRFC zu legen. Conversion erneut nicht erfolgreich. Der RC Regensburg gab sich jedoch nicht geschlagen und drängte nach schlechter Kickoff-Coverage seitens des MRFC diese in die eigene Hälfte zurück. Erneut gelang es jedoch den Münchnern einen Handling-Error des RC zu forcieren, den daraus resultierenden Scrum zu gewinnen und die Regensburger durch einen exakten Clearance-Kick durch Fred Begards, der in diesem Spiel mehr durch seine außerordentliche Tackle-Leistung auffiel, wieder tief in der eigenen Hälfte einzusperren. Erneut gewann der MRFC das Line-Out, verlor im nächsten Breakdown den Ball jedoch an die Regensburger. Durch eine Beschwerde eines der Spieler des MRFC an den Referee, verloren die Münchner noch zehn weitere Meter. Zwei Minuten vor Spielende entschied sich der RC dazu noch einmal einen Vorstoß in die Münchner Hälfte zu wagen. Die Regensburger verloren jedoch im nächsten Carry sogleich den Ball an zwei Münchner Verteidiger, die den Ball daraufhin schnell auf den Wing spielten, was Sebastian Schüppel eiskalt ausnutzte, um den Münchnern den Bonuspunkt zu sichern und seinen eigenen dreiwöchigen Scoring-Streak aufrecht zu erhalten. Endstand nach der erfolgreichen Conversion.
MoM: Guillherme Buff
Hammer: Fred Begards
DoD: Niklas Graf

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Guilherme Buff
2. Antoine Ducardonnet  (ab 62.min Alexander Marka)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Julian Bainbridge
5. Luca Marchi
6. Antoinne Miguet (ab 50.min Richard Schuster)
7. Niklas Graf
8. Sicott Warner (Capt.)
9. Robert Schuster
10. Frederic Begards
11. Jan Philipp Abels
12. Sandro Tschaidse (ab 72.min Philipp Mack)
13. Charles Delerue-Simon
14. Sebastian Schüppel
15. Julian Köhnlein
Versuche: Robert Schuster, Luca Marchi, Charles Delerue-Simon, Sebastian Schüppel
Erhöhungen:
Charles Delerue-Simon 2x

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 7. November 2015, Bericht:
Sandro Tschaidse

München RFC : RC Stusta München
5 : 5

Am Samstag war wieder Derbytime. Der München RFC spielte zuhause gegen StuSta. Das Wetter war perfekt für ein frei fließendes Spiel, was sich der MRFC vorgenommen hatte. Die Vorbereitung war gut gelaufen und die Erwartungen waren dementsprechend hoch. Kurz nach dem Kick-Off waren die Studenten tief in der Münchner Hälfte, was den Ton für den Rest der ersten Halbzeit vorgab. München schaffte es 10 Minuten dem Druck standzuhalten, gab dann aber einige Lücken in der Verteidigung frei, die die Studenten nutzten um den ersten Versuch zu legen. Die Erhöhung misslang jedoch. Daraufhin schien der MRFC aufzuwachen und mehr mitzuspielen. Leider wurden bei Ballbesitz viel zu viele Fehler gemacht. Knock-ons, Pässe nach vorne und schlecht gesicherte Rucks unterbrachen den Spielfluss und nahmen den Münchnern den Angriffsschwung, sodass sie es nicht schafften zu punkten. Daher war der Großteil des Münchner Spiels auf das verteidigen gegen die anrennenden Studenten beschränkt. Die Verteidigung hatte sich im Vergleich zur vorigen Woche erfreulicherweise stark verbessert wodurch die Löwen weiter im Spiel blieben. In der Halbzeitpause wurde der Plan gefasst tiefer zu stehen um die Außenbahnen der Studenten anzugreifen und es wurde angemahnt die Konzentration zu erhöhen um die unnötigen Fehler zu unterbinden. Das wurde eher schlecht umgesetzt und die Münchner machten in den ersten 5 Minuten der zweiten Halbzeit 12 Fehler, durch die sie sich selbst stark unter Druck setzten. Glücklicherweise blieb die Anfangsphase folgenlos, weil StuSta es nicht schaffte zu Punkten. Die Münchner fanden dann besser ins Spiel und nach einer Umbesetzung in der Hintermannschaft schafften Max und Fred unter Mithilfe von Charles die aggressive Verteidigung der Studenten zu durchbrechen. Fred glich den Spielstand mit seinem Versuch aus aber die Erhöhung misslang. Die Nerven lagen blank und die letzten Minuten des Spiels waren ein Hektisches Hin und Her. Keine Mannschaft konnte jedoch die Entscheidung herbeiführen und das Spiel endete 5:5.  Als positive Anmerkung kann man die stark verbesserte Verteidigung nennen. Negativ aufgefallen, wie schon in den Spielen zuvor sind die Leichtsinnsfehler, die dem MRFC die einschlägigen Chancen vereitelt haben. Dank gilt die ca. 300 Zuschauern, die sehr zahlreich erschienen sind um die beiden Mannschaften zu unterstützen.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Quentin Degroote (ab 53.min Guilherme Buff)
2. Alex Loders (ab 77.min Simon Laurich)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Bruno Diaquino (ab 62.min Richard Schuster)
5. Julian Bainbridge
6. Antoinne Miguet
7. Niklas Graf (ab 66.min Alexander Marka)
8. Sicott Warner (Capt.)
9. Giacomo Bernobi (ab 53.min Robert Schuster)
10. Max Fenske
11. Tobias Lefherz (ab 79.min Julian Köhnlein)
12. Sandro Tschaidse
13. Charles Delerue-Simon
14. Sebastian Schüppel
15. Frederic Begards
Versuch: Frederic Begards