2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 19. September 2015, Bericht:
Scott Warner

München RFC : TSV Handschuhsheim II
31 : 21

Another beautiful sunny day at Großhadern saw a fast flowing and dynamic performance by MRFC that keeps them top of the 2. Bundesliga. After a strong start to the season and a dramatic 22-22 draw against local rivals Stusta last week, the lions were feeling confident going into the game looking for revenge for last seasons grand final loss. Munich started strongly with Antoine Ducardonnet gaining metres in attack and showing ruthless defence that earns him the Hammer prize. The lions were playing free flowing rugby and the pace of the game was too much for the big TSV pack. After just 5 minutes of the game Max Fenske saw some space and broke the line to score under the posts. Fenske was a constant threat at 10, attacking the line and putting a marker down on his return to MRFC. Javier Gonzalez successfully converted. Munich were dominating the set piece thanks to Gerd Gehard and Ducardonnet showing strength in the scrum against a much bigger pack and Maxime Gelly throwing with accuracy in the line out. It was from a line out that Munich got their next score at 15 minutes. A perfectly formed maul from a catch and drive marched TSV down the field and allowed the hard working Antoine Miguet to dot the ball down over the line. A few minutes later and an error from TSV gave the quick thinking Alex Schranz the ball. He then was able to set up the man of the match Englishman James Bratton to run unopposed over the line. Gonzalez converted to make it 19-0. TSV came back into the game and as the game was coming up to half time the Bavarians were under pressure. Another great turn over gave the ball to the electric Giacomo Bernobi who broke from 75 metres down the blind side. Number 8 Scott Warner was in support to take the ball past the half way line and then the flying Julian Kohlein received the pass and burnt down the touch line to score in the corner on the stroke of halftime. Gonzalez converted to give MRFC a 26-0 lead.
 In the second half TSV came back into the game as expected from a strong and well organised team. Munich conceded 3 tries but continued to be calm and controlled in attack. Another set piece allowed try machine Maxime Gelly to add to his total and finally seal the game with 10 minutes to go 31-21.
A controlled and ruthless performance from MRFC showed how far the team has come and how hard the players have worked over the last 12 months.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Antoine Ducardonnet (ab 59.min Constantin Kuhl)
2. Maxime Gelly
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. James Bratton
5. Bruno Diaquino (ab 47.min Padraig Naughton)
6. Antoine Miguet
7. Niklas Graf
8. Scott Warner
9. Giacomo Bernobi
10. Max Fenske
11. Tobias Lefherz
12. Javier Gonzales
13. Alexandre Schranz
14. Owain Williams
15. Julian Köhnlein

Versuche: Max Fenske, Antoine Miguet, James Bratton, Julian Köhnlein, Maxime Gelly
Erhöhungen: Javier Gonzales 3x

2. Bundesliga Süd
München Freimann, 12. September 2015, Bericht:

RC Stusta München : München RFC
22 : 22

With both parties having decided to postpone the game by 3 weeks,  one has to say the wait was definitely worth it, with both team using those extra sessions to prepare for the big game and for both sides no other game gets the blood pumping, than the local derby between MRFC and StuSta. Munich came of the back of a big win against the newly promoted Regensburg, while StuSta had the more sterner of two challenges facing league winners HTV. From the score lines and reviews of both games, the favorite tag was marginally with StuSta. With the sun shining brightly in the sky, Munich kicked off deep in the students half and for the following 8 minutes, both teams where probing and testing here and there. The first few lineouts where even for both teams but there was a clear display that the students won ball with more ease than Munich, but Munich even this up with a display from beginning to end in scrum, where they dominated, thanks to what is turning out to be a compact nugget of gold  on the tight head side 'Gerd Gerard's' who tormented the students all day long by providing the platform for the tight 5 to drive through, so much so it was no surprise that Munich first points came off an attacking scrum and the tacklers been pinged for not rolling away.  Charles Delerue-Simon  added the points 0-3 for Munich. Then Munich received a huge blow, with captain Pablo Puyalto getting caught awkwardly in a ruck and damaging his knee, the latest report received Saturday evening  was that he has serve ligament and bone damage in the knee which will see him out of the game probably for the remainder of the season. James Bratton came on and the game restarted with a scrum for the students, but even with the pressure been put on them they managed to get the ball away and attacked up the blind and moved into Munich's 22,  some strong tackling from James Bratton and Scott walnuts Warner stalled the attack but unfortunately with a side entry to the ruck, StuSta opted for the points with Ian Dawson slotting over the kick to make it 3-3. This time a high hanging kickoff put StuSta under pressure and with some sloppy control in the ruck allowed Munich to turn the ball over, James Bratton again this time with ball in hand opened up the students defensive line with a fabulous shimmy of the knees through which he glided to then off load to fellow English man Scott walnuts Warner to score in the corner.  Charles  Delerue-Simon added the conversion to leave it 3-10. The students eventually found their rhythm after opting to attach up the middle instead of out wide, where through some strong running from Matteo Carrara, who cruised through the Munich line to score under the posts for their first try converted by Ian Dawson 10-10.  Two minutes later with more of the same from Matteo Carrara (StuSta#12) crashing up the middle only to be stopped by some heroic tackling by Ronan Lefebvre, but it was short lived and  with some strong pick and goes a gap opened up on the side of ruck for them to score to the left of the up rights. Of the two side StuSta went into the break 17-10 the happier.
Some clear and direct words where spoken at the break leaving a clear message in the players - stand your ground over move over and let someone in who will.  3 changes where at half time due to injures - Maxime Gelly for Alex Loders, Max Fenske for Den Gill and Alex Schranz for Fred Begards. The players returned to field and took the message with them, with James Bratton leading the way with a massive hit on the powerful runner Kilai Schwahn (StuSta#6) to put him into touch. The subs made also made themselves know, Alex Schranz joined Ronan Lefebvre in collecting any high kick put their way and ran them back hard while also defending very intelligently forcing the students to make mistakes when they should have punished Munich. Max Fenske first game in two year in the bundesliga slotted in like he was never away. Eventually the students got some reward for the 15 minutes of contest pressure with another try but this time Ian failed with the conversion. 10-22. With the injuries continuing for Munich, Charles Delerue-Simon and Ronan Lefebvre  had to leave the pitch been replaced by Julian Köhnlein and Antoine Ducardonnet. Munich kicked off this time and put it deep into StuSta half, and for the first time in the half they got in the 22, and with some the good ball retention and quick hands walnuts Warner put Tobias Lefherz away in the corner.  With the conversion missed the game entered the final quarter 15-22. For the following 10 minutes, students continued as before setting up camp in Munich half hammering at the Munich defense looking to put the game away, a final shot at goal for Ian would been enough but he failed to convert. That was to be Ian Dawson's and Matteo Carrara final part of the game in what was a bazaar call and one which probably set in motion what was to follow. With the StuSta's strongest play makers off the pitch, the advantage in tactical kicking and strong running was nullified and Munich started to have more ball possession, all though where still not able to get into the right area of the field. The final substitution for Munich came in the 78th minute, Jan-Philipp Abels was replaced by Alan Moughty at scrum half.  Scrum for Munich on the 22, Scott walnut warner gave the call, then picked drawing the back row and offloaded inside to Alan Moughty, who was in open space with only the full back in front of him.  A little chip was the decision only for him to be taken out by the fullback. Advantage Munich with Walnuts and Moughty continuing to chase the ball which bobbled around inside the students 22 before they managed to get it out. Whistle blown and Munich opted for the penalty where the ball landed. A quick tap and Karl wolf carried hard at StuSta, quick ruck and again the forwards carried the ball, change of directions and James Bratton made his last carry of the game and once more, quick ball was made available for Moughty to feed walnut Warner who carried and offload to Max Fenske, who touched down in the corner - 20-22.  Alan Moughty lined up the kick with 45 seconds of the game left and place the ball through the middle of the posts  22-22.
Hammer: Ronan
MOM: James Bratton

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Alex Loders (ab 50.min Maxime Gelly)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Pablo Puyalto (Capt.) (ab 8.min James Bratton)
5. John Bainbridge
6. Antoine Miguet
7. Lucas Marchi
8. Scott Warner
9. Denmarbie Gill (ab 41.min Max Fenske)
10. Charles Delerue-Simon (ab 60.min Julian Köhnlein)
11. Tobias Lefherz
12. David Clegg
13. Jan-Philipp Abels (ab 78.min Alan Moughty)
14. Ronan Lefebvre (ab 70.min Antoine Ducardonnet)
15. Frederic Begards (ab 41. min Alexandre Schranz)

Versuche: Scott Warner, Maxime Gelly, Max Fenske
Erhöhungen: Charles Delerue-Simon, Alan Moughty
Penalty: Charles Delerue-Simon

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 5. September 2015, Bericht:
Denmarbie Gill

München RFC : RC Regensburg 2000
65 : 0

After some very amusing conversations about once again being „Den of the Day“ yet for another soft yellow card I begin to wonder if I’ve accidently taken up playing football as it seems yellow cards get dished out like it’s going out of fashion, with all due respect the referee’s are doing their best and to be fair she was fairly consistent right through the game which is what we as rugby players ask for. Last night I was asked what does rugby means to me, simple answer „nothing,...everything“ it means nothing to me if your not fighting for the same cause with your fellow brothers, if your not prepared to trust your brother on a rugby field, then theres no point playing the game.
Rugby means everything to me because theres no other sport like it, the true sense of the word Comraderie, as many of you all know im not the biggest player on the field, but I sure as hell would run into the biggest player on the field (and this has happened on a few occassions  against the better judgement of my forward pack) knowing that behind me theres going to to be a bunch of boys in Blue ready to protect me when the going gets tough, albeit at the bottom of a ruck. After Months of slogging it out in the 30+ heat over the summer and the past 2 weeks fine tuning our game plan MRFC 1st XV were ready to hit the new Bundesliga season running!
We were ready to welcome last season’s Bayern Regionale Champions Regensburg to the 2nd Bundesliga, and prepared to show the champions how big the step up is and what it takes to compete up here. With respect to Regensburg they fought hard and were well in the game at half time, now that they’ve had a taste of the Bundesliga they will be a better team for the experience it as they continue their new season, we wish you luck in your next games and look forward to the second clash on your home ground.
On to the the match report....
15:00 Kick off and MRFC were already hot in attack pushing hard straight up the guts and spreading the Pill wide, we wanted to run Regensburg off their feet from the get go. 3 mins into the game Regensburg conceded a penalty about 20 metres  infront the posts, where Fred was ready to open up MRFC’s 2015/2016 account with the first points of the season, MRFC 3 – RCR 0. shortly RCR had MRFC under the pump with some clever territorial kicking from their newly recruited number 10 and former Memmingen player with some smart attacking play from RCR which was met with some determined defence from MRFC. 13 mins into the first half RCR were trying to get out of the 22 but MRFC were up fast and hard on defence with Tobi and Jan leading the way by tackling and driving the RCR winger back into his on try zone forcing a 5m Attacking scrum for MRFC.  Off the back of the scrum Scott went short side with Den but were both bundled into touch by RCR.
After a clearing kick but still inside RCR’s 22m MRFC now had a second opportunity to score the first try of the season, The move was called the plan was set the Lions were at the ready to pounce on they’re prey. The Lions captain Pablo secured the lineout, passed to the awaiting Den at Halfback and sent Scott Warner into space and with a quick flury of steps and bumps Warner was under the post for a 5er, MRFC 10 – RCR 0, with the extra 2 points being added by Fred. 24 minutes into the 1st half the Lions were roaring again with a great move and some delicate running from the newly recruited flyhalf (yet another French Player) Charles, Put fellow French man Fred into space but dropped the opportunity right on the line, at that point Fred became number 1 contender for „Den of the Day“. 3 mins later the Lions started flexing their Scrum muscles again prior to the Scrum Den and Scott were at it again conjuring up a plan on the lions next opportunity but first the hard work needed to be done in the tight 5 in order to get a good stable platform. From the scrum. With pressure being applied by RCR’s halfback at the back of the scrum, Scott Walnuts Warner cheekily sent a yet another fantastic no look pass (this time from between his legs) to set up yet another try for the ever opportunist Den  who used change of pace and a dummy pass to dive over the line for his first 5 pointer of the season  MRFC 15 – RCR 0. 15:31  Yellow Card Den Gill new top contender for Den of the Day. (we keep it at that). 15:37 Scrum down RCR feed, and yet another great display of power and technique Karl, Alex L, and new recruit (no hes not french) Gerd forcing a turnover and penalty for the Lions. 3 mins out from the break New Recruit number 12 Jan (no hes not french either) and RCR’s number 10 Simon Meßmer get into a off the ball scuffle at exactly the same time MRFC were hot in attack and clearly in space 10m from the try line and no defending player insight with a easy 7 pointer, instead the Ref blew the whistle and pulled out her infamous yellow card and sent the 2 merry men to visit Den on the naughty boy bench, new number 1 contender for Den of the Day one would think!!!!! Its a conspiracy I say! Im sure they are trying to get me to take over from Kevin’s firm grasp of the most DODs!!! Halftime score 15 – 0 to the Lions.
The 2nd half started the same way the first half ended, both teams running in hard at each other both teams defending with equal vigour. 10 mins into the 2nd half there was some movement on the bench with Antoine D and Lucas Marchi come on for Gerd and Antoine M.  and 2 mins after that Julian K was into the battle replacing Alex S on one wing and Ronan replacing Tobi on the other wing. Some more of the same stuff from the 2 teams with Julian B showing some great footwork for a big man and Nick showing some great hits and turnovers from a small man sent the lions on a charge up the field, the hard nosed determined pitbull thats inside Nick decided to come out just a little bit more, from turnover to breaking the line passing to his supporting player, to being a supporting player and then securing the ruck all in one phaze of play showed this young man has got a bright future for MRFC and happy to see him back on the field after a lengthy time off due to injury! 15m out from RCR’s Try line the Lions were awarded an attacking scrum, the ball was quickly sent out to Charles who attacked the line with Jan and Dave showing some great handling skills ( yes I said Dave in the same sentence with great handling skills) to put Fred over the try who was sure not to drop it on the line on a second attempt.
MRFC 22 – RCR 0. Just under 20 mins into the 2nd half  All the hard work in the off season started paying off as MRFC’s fitness and well timed substitutions started to prove a little to much for RCR. The constant barrage of hits and turn overs from Nick and Scott insured that MRFC were about to apply the foot to the throat and up the attacking pressure on RCR, from broken play MRFC’S replacement prop Alberto finds himself diving over the line for what was the begining of the flood gates opening up.
MRFC  29- RCR 0. Not long after that, Den was told to sit back on the bench this time not for a card and the recently retired Alan became the replacement 9. Charles having spent most of the day distributing the ball and commanding the play and calling the shots  decided its his turn to shine and busts open the defence to score his first try in MRFC colours
MRFC 36 – RCR 0. After a brilliant move from the back line, some fancy stepping and a hard don’t argue (fend) and slick pass from Jan and some fantastic support play put Julian K into the corner for another try. MRFC 41 – RCR 0. MRFC’s other replacement wing  Ronan was soon over the line after great inside work from Charles and with still a lot to do Ronan moved, shimmied and then muscled his way through and over to put MRFC 46 – RCR 0. Directly after the restart Lukas was at it again catching the ball, stepping and breaking tackles and a smart draw and pass to Scott Warner who then had 50m to to dash to the line, with 2 fellow lions jogging on either side of him showing great support as well as asking Scott to run faster to score his second try under the post (during a beer discussion after the game Scott tells me he was already running at full speed and couldnt go any faster). MRFC 53 – RCR 0. 3 mins after Scott touched down our new Fly Half showed some fantastic skill and foot work after a great lineout move from the big boys to score his 2nd try on debut. MRFC 60 – RCR 0. With Last play being called by the ref MRFC were not finished, after some big runs and and hit ups with some skill full off loads and silk passing saw Lukas rewarded with a 5 pointer of his on making the final score 65 – 0 to MRFC.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Karl Wolf (ab 48.min Antoine Ducardonnet)
2. Alex Loders
3. Gerd Gerhards (ab 43.min Alberto Andreotto)
4. Pablo Puyalto (Capt.)
5. John Bainbridge
6. Antoine Miguet (ab 43. min Lucas Marchi)
7. Niklas Graf (ab 65.min James Bratton)
8. Scott Warner
9. Denmarbie Gill (ab 60.min Alan Moughty)
10. Charles Delerue-Simon
11. Tobias Lefherz (ab 60.min Julian Köhnlein)
12. David Clegg
13. Jan-Philipp Abels
14. Alexandre Schranz (ab 45. min Ronan Lefebvre)
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Scott Warner 2x, Charles Delerue-Simon 2x, Denmarbie Gill, Frederic Begards, Alberto Andreotto, Ronan Lefebvre, Julian Köhnlein, Lucas Marchi
Erhöhungen: Frederic Begards 6x
Penalty: Frederic Begards

Deutsche Ligapokal Finale
Heidelberg, 30. Mai 2015, Bericht:
Scott Warner

TSV Handschuhsheim II : München RFC
31 : 15

It was a battle of 2 Lions as Munich traveled to Heidelberg to face Handschuhsheim for the 3rd time this campaign in the Liga Pokal Final. Both teams came into the game feeling confident. Munich had won the league by beating Handschuhsheim on the last day of the normal season but were more than aware of the strength in depth TSV have and the advantage they would have at home. Munich traveled with a 50 strong contingent of players and support but this was engulfed by the huge home crowd which continued to grow until kick off and created a tremendous atmosphere. The Bavarians had prepared well and despite the unavailability of key players including powerful 'back rower' Richard Schuster and pacey winger Julian Kohlein still fielded a very strong side which is a sign of the new found depth that Munich rugby has been able to develop over the past 6 months.
Unfortunately the long journey seemed to have an effect on the Munich squad which led to 2 tries conceded in the early minutes. Handschuhsheim were clearly focused and ready to impress against a big home crowd and showed skill and dexterity to streak into an early 14 point lead. Munich rugby then pulled together and showed the attitude that had already won the league this season. Suddenly the team was lifted and confidence was back, the enigmatic Fred Begards began to control the game from full back. Showing his experience with excellent decision making and kick selection. The ever present centre combination of Nino Haase and Javier Gonzalez firmed up the defence and began finding some space in the midfield. The front 5 were making good yardage around the ruck with the likes of captain Pablo Puyalto and second row partner Owain Williams making ground and finding offloads. At this point Munich got their first well deserved points on the board with a kick from Begards. It seemed that the momentum of the game was beginning to swing again in a breathless first 15 minutes. An expansive and flowing move from the Heidelberg team then resulted in a try which put the score at 21-3 which many thought might be irreversible but not the Munich players who felt they still had a chance in the game. The electric Adrien Codron took it on himself to lift the traveling Lions. The speedy Frenchman shot out as he saw an interception opportunity. Took the ball magnificently and with blistering pace went the length of the field to score under the posts. Leaving the trailing Handschuhsheim defenders in his wake. The game had turned once more. Munich then were back in defensive mode with bodies on the line defence. Numerous big tackles were flying in, led by the robust Scrum Half Xavier Mora whose heroic performance included 3 try saving tackle and tireless effort in both attack and defence. Pressure began to tell as Munich gave away a number of penalties, piggy backing the home team up the field. The half ended with a penalty try and yellow card for arguable Munich's most influential player, Robbie Schuster.
With the score at 28-10 at half time Munich has a mountain to climb but went into the second half with the same energy and enthusiasm that they have showed all season. The defensive play from winger Tobi Lefherz showed why he deserved his starting place and it was his defensive efforts that raised the team. The second half was a tight and cagey affair where Munich enjoyed a lot of possessions but could not quite convert it into points. Finally, and fittingly, club stalwart Alan Moughty went over in the corner to score on his final game for the club. With over 1,000 points in 160+ games Moughty has been an inspiration to many at the club and it was a nice way to cap off an incredible career despite not getting the result.The final whistle sounded not long after to leave a final result of 31-15. Special mention must also go to Owain Williams, who has also decided to hang up his boots (for now) after a glittering career with the club.
The Lions of Bavaria drew the curtains on one of the most successful seasons in recent history. Winning the league and runner up in the cup. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in any capacity as either player, administrator, supporter.
End of Season celebration will be held on Saturday 13th June. Would be great to see you there!

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
1. Alex Loders (ab 64.min Antoine Ducardonnet)
2. Maxime Gelly (ab 64.min Simon Laurich)
3. Quentin Degroote
4. Qwain Williams (ab 59.min Kevin Briggs)
5. Pablo Puyalto (Capt.) (ab 63.min Laurenz Krüger)
6. Scott Warner
7. Robert Schuster
8. Alan Moughty
9. Xavier Mora
10. Denmarbie Gill ( ab 57.min Ronan Lefebvre)
11. Tobias Lefherz
12. Nino Haase (ab 63.min Alexandre Schwarz)
13. Javier Gonzales
14. Adrian Codron (ab 75.min Lucas Marchi)
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Adrian Codron, Alan Moughty
Erhöhung: Frederic Begards
Penalty: Frederic Begards