GC Rugby | 11.04.2016

Matchreport NLC April 10, 2016 : GC 2nds - RC Solothurn 51-0

GC Zürich (32) 51
Tries: Liechti, Hamze, Strong, Visser, Röhrig, Brunet, Moser x2, Wood
Con: Kisielewski, Bezard x2
RC Solothurn (0) 0
Brunau – After the previous weekends disappointing draw against league Leaders Alba Lausanne, Zurich were determined to put in a big performance against fourth place RC Solothurn. The sun was out and a firm track underfoot provided the perfect conditions for some expansive rugby.
Good early pressure saw Zurich awarded an attacking scrum close to the Solothurn line. Number 8 Yannick Liechti burst off the base, looped around the despairing cover defence to touch down in the corner. Zurich were mixing it up well courtesy of some strong carries by the pack and some great handling by the backs. Crawford and Pedrini carried the ball particularly well and the assembled onlookers got a great kick out of seeing Pedrini gracefully cantering through an enormous hole in the Solothurn line. A certain try was only prevented when the big tighthead became momentarily confused by the large expanse of pasture in front of him.
Solothurn responded well to the early setback and succeeded in fashioning an attacking opportunity of their own with some strong carrying around the ruck. However, excellent, aggressive tackling inside the 5m line by the Zurich defence kept the visitors at bay – as it would do all afternoon. Following a second try, from outside center Samer Hamze, the floodgates finally opened and Zurich added a further four scores before the break. At half time the home side lead 32-0.
The opening exchanges of the second half were punctuated with repeated knock-ons and scrum infringements and both teams struggled to maintain any fluidity. Eventually Zurich began to tighten the screw and a brilliant sweeping backs move saw Dominic Moser touch down in the corner. There was even time, late in the second half, for Zurich to add a score from a “15 man” lineout, hooker Simon Wood getting on the end of the maul to touch down. The backs were particularly excited about the opportunity to do some actual work in the maul but this was mitigated somewhat by the prospect of messing up their expensive haircuts.
The bonus point win now sees Zurich leapfrog Luzern into second place in League C. With luck the 2nds should now be strong favourites for the playoffs this year, and with League B whipping boys Nyon 2nd XV suffering a miserable season there is everything to play for.
Points were awarded to props Nico Scharenac, Norman Pedrini and Dominik Kern for their lung-busting efforts. Props playing 80 minutes, who would have thought it possible? The jaffa went to Dominic Moser for being the only player who didn’t fancy joining the maul… the shame of it!
Lineup: Scharenac, Wood, Pedrini, Crawford, Ljubenovic, Röhrig, Strong Liechti, Dias, Kisielewski, Sok, Hamze, Kaufmann, Visser, Lazime
Replacements: Kern, Foster, Brunet, Moser, Bezard, Coutu, Small, Fopma