GC Rugby | 08.05.2016

Matchreport NLC April 30, 2016 : GC 2nds - Rugby Ticino 54-7

Zürich welcomed the travelling Ticino Rugby Club to Allmend Brunau, for a rare Saturday home game on a sunny afternoon.

The game kicked off at 14.00 sharp and it became apparent quickly it was going to be a very physical encounter. Both teams were defending well with strong tackles from both sides, and good strong running with ball in hand.

Zürich were patient however and the blistering pace of center Dom Moser, took him through the Ticino defence and over the line, with the conversion from Ben Rau. Shortly after Johannes Rüegg, who once again had a barn-storming performance for Zürich, got his first try of the day, again converted by Rau. The Zürich forwards continued to exert pressure and Sam Tilley was next to cross the white-wash, and converted himself. As the half time whistle blew, Zürich maintained a commanding 21-0 lead.

The second half continued in the same vein, with the Zürich fitness and pace leading to an increasing points score for the home team. Hugh Kisielewski then opened his account for the day with a try he duly converted himself. Rüegg got his 2nd try and Kisielewski converted, followed by a try from full back Rico Hilpertshauser with Kisielewski again converting. Gian Bisaz got his first try for the club which was unconverted, and the final try of the day fell to Kisielewski, grabbing his second with Tilley converting to lead 54-0. A momentary lapse in concentration from the Zürich defence allowed Ticino to grab a consolation try.

The Zürich performance was greatly encouraging for a development side, with points being scored from all over the teamsheet, and all over the park. The only downside being a worrying injury to “man of the match” Reügg in the closing minutes of the game, and full-back Hilpertshauser also limping off.   

The final score: GC Zürich 2nds 54 – 7 Ticino Rugby

The game was a very aggressive, physical match, but ultimately Zürich outplayed their opponents. Ticino must be commended for a tough game, and participating full heartedly in the after match “3rd half”.

Special mention to Anthony Fitze and Roman Trettin playing their first game for the club and also to Okko Assmus returning from injury.  

1. Kevin Loepfe, 2. John Mansfield, 3. Dominic Kern, 4. Arsène Ljubenovic, 5. Arnie Devine, 6. Johannes Reugg, 7. Sam Tilley, 8. Philippe Moser, 9. Robbie Wishart, 10. Ben Rau, 11. Lukas Fopma, 12. Samer Hamze, 13. Dominic Moser, 14. Gian Andri Bisaz, 15. Rico Hilpertshauser, 16.  Okko Assmus, 17. Thomas Pieth, 18. Anthony Fitze, 19. Roman Trettin, 20.  Hugh Kisielewski