A three-tries-to-none victory against a Zurich2 team much improved from that which played Wurenlos the week before. Great intensity at times, much improved lineouts, and a solid scrum. Still, a generally disappointing feel after the game.
At times, the backs’ attacking was superb, dangerous and exciting to watch. Two of the tries came from clinical execution from our backs – something Zurich2 could not handle. At times, the forwards took the ball on up-front and gained valuable yards. Winning our own lineouts and scrums with relative consistency provided an important base for the backs.
Still, for much of the game there was a lack of coordination between players. Often, one would make a break, but the on-the-shoulder support was lacking, and the follow-up ruck was slow to form. This counts for all players – forwards and backs. Communication within rucks and mauls was lacking from simply not talking and directing each other enough. Thus, at several times possession was either lost or terribly slowed down.
RCL led only 5-3 at the break, when the amount of our possession should have given us a clear lead. Likewise, while the 3rd quarter was promising, and produced 2 tries, the final quarter was played mostly inside our 10 meter line. Sadly, it seemed like Zurich2 showed an RCL-like spirit in the last quarter, while we barely held on without conceding a try.
Still, it must be said that there are substantial changes within the team – both through September, and also by comparison with last season. This of course makes it difficult for fluent progress within the team – especially in the backline. Better communication and coordination will come with continuous hard work in training.
This Saturday we face Bern, a team that destroyed us at home 12 months ago. We must now, however, look at this as a winnable game. No longer can we look at the “Top 4” as untouchable. Taking to the pitch otherwise this Saturday is pointless.
RCL 15 – 3 Zurich2
Man of the Match: Chreegu
Twats of the Match: Brendon (mental yellow), Mario (training injured), Masi (laundry crimes – in absentia)
Finally, thanks to Paul for the excellent photos on facebook.