Everything about the Dangels opening game of the season in Bern was the exact opposite of the same match 1 year previously. Early in 2011 we travelled to Bern with almost as many injured & pregnant players as fit & healthy ones, without a coach, played in the freezing rain and barely looked like scoring a try, let alone winning the game; it was probably the worst day in a Dangels jersey I have ever had.
On Saturday, 17 fit & healthy Dangels travelled to Bern with SuperCoach/SuperNanny-Chris, 4 mini-super-fans and just one injured & one pregnant player. The weather was perfect, we scored 7 tries and we stopped Bern from scoring a single one in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. I have to say, it felt pretty nice.
It was not our best or most organized game and the biggest area we have to improve is our discipline at the breakdown. We were on a warning for a yellow card for repeated infringements for the last quarter of the game.
Plenty of positives: our big, evil scrum machine showed exactly what they were taught in training on Tuesday and absolutely dominated, especially in the first-half; I don’t recall Bern winning a single scrum, even on their own put-in. The forwards also put in good work at rucks to produce clean ball for the backs who scored 3 tries in the first half and 4 in the second. Bern’s defense was very strong and they made us work hard for our tries from the first minute to the last. The 0 is much more important than the 39: a really strong defensive performance.
A weekend off for the Easter break now and then two more away games in Konstanz & Zurich.
Tries: Carole (4), Esti, Heidi, Sarah Stuart
Conversions: Carole (2)
Angel of the Game: Angi – the biggest difference between the two teams was the scrum & Angi was the cornerstone of ours
Devil of the Game: Tammie – if you win the horns and then forget the horns … you get the horns again J