GC Rugby | 30.05.2016

Matchreport NLC May 29, 2016: GC - RC Luzern 29-14

Zürich welcomed Luzern to Allmend Brunau for an early 12.30 kick off on a soggy May Sunday.

Zürich started the day top of the league and Luzern in 3rd place, both teams knew a win was vital if their hopes of winning the league were to remain intact.  

The game kicked off as the rain fell and the clouds gathered, but it was the home team that started like the impending storm. It was not long before Zürich were pressing on the line, and good link up play across the park between forwards and backs resulted in number 8, Yannick Liechti sliding over for the first try of the day. Zurich continued to press throughout the first half leading to tries by Dominic Moser, Samer Hamze and Christian Röhrig all converted by Liechti. The score at half time was 26-0 to Zürich.

However, Luzern came out fighting strongly in the 2nd half, and played the better rugby of the two teams for the remaining 40 minutes. They were rewarded with 2 converted tries, with Zürich’s only response being a penalty kick converted by Liechti.

The final score: GC Zürich 2nds 29 – 14 Luzern

It was a good display by Zürich in wet conditions, showing positive attitude and solid forwards display, with credit going to Luzern for their 2nd half performance.

Special mention to Mathias Niffeler playing his first game for the club, and Adam Belencsak playing his first game for the 2nds.

Zürich remain top of the league and go into the final match of the season, on Saturday away to Haute Broye, with the hopes of being league champions still a possibility.

1. Nico Sharenac, 2. Raphael Waldis, 3. Norman Pedrini, 4. Christian Röhrig, 5. Eoghan Crawford, 6. Christian Strong, 7. Philippe Moser, 8. Yannick Liechti, 9. Oli Dias, 10. Finlay Small, 11. Samer Hamze, 12. Hugh Kisielewski, 13. Adam Belencsak, 14. Rico Hilpertshauser, 15. Dominic Moser, 16. Henry Esterman, 17. Kevin Loepfe, 18. Mathias Niffeler, 19. Lars Stelzer, 20. Lukas Fopma, 21. Gian Andri Bisaz, 22. Arnie Devine