Deutsche Meisterschaften U12
Frankfurt, 9.06. und 10.06.2018


Bericht: Fernando Zamola
The young U12 Lions started their journey to the DM in Frankfurt on Friday afternoon. With great hopes but also with the awareness that we were travelling with only 13 players, we faced our journey in a quiet and confident mood. The arrival the day before the tournament started allowed for a relaxed pace that enabled us to be fully ready when we reached the premises of the SC Frankfurt 1880 on Saturday morning. In a perfectly organized tournament, we were given a prime location for our tent and the preparations for the games began.
In our first game, we faced the RG Heidelberg. After an initial phase of adaptation to calm the inevitable nerves, our boys settled into their rugby plan. In defense, solid tackling in the narrow channels and effective predatory interventions enabled us to get plenty of ball. In attack, good protective rucking and effective set pieces were the perfect platform from which to release our pace in the backs. By half time our team was in control of the game which resulted in a comfortable victory by 45 points to 15.
Our second game, under torrid high temperature conditions, was against the TB Neckarhausen, winners of the SAS Tournaments 2017/18 in Baden-Württemberg. From the moment we saw our opponents, we knew that we would face a massive physical challenge against a team which was significantly bigger in size. But it is precisely in these situations where the hard work of a whole year of training paid off. Not only were we a match in contact and at the break-down but also in cutting though their defense lines. Our boys displayed an outstanding repertoire of attacking options: short off-loading passes, great combinations out wide and clever tactical kicking resulted in a 55-5 victory which ensured our place in the quarter finals. This was without doubt some of the best rugby we have shown this year with a very high level of execution.
Very tired and exhausted by the weather conditions, we faced our third and last game of the day. A depleted USV Potsdam team could only field 8 players and we agreed to play the game under this format. This also allowed our coaches to try to rest some players and rotate the team to give vital game time to our less experienced players. Needless to say, in true Lion spirit everyone showed up to confirm our first place in the group with a 35-25 victory. With a quiet sense of satisfaction provided by a job well done, we headed back to the hotel to tank up some energy and get some Sleep.
On Sunday morning we were up an old rival of ours, the Berliner RC of our famous drawn game in the 3rd place play-off of the DM in 2017. From the beginning of the game, it was clear that we were against a different type of challenge. Even though our boys fought for every ball and never gave up trying, we were not at the same level of execution as on Saturday and we were facing a very organized defense and a team with plenty of effective attacking options. We were fairly beaten 5-20 but we could be proud of our effort, knowing we left every bit of energy we had on the pitch.
The emotional and physical exertion of this game had also repercussions for our next game against the RC Aachen. In a game that went down to wire, we paid the price of a break-down in team work and communication. Although, as usual, our fighting spirit was intact, we lacked the coordination and the cool head on the pitch that the game of rugby requires. Our coaches did their best to return our boys to our game plan but could not reverse the 10 point difference we carried into half-time. We won the second half 10-5 but that was not enough to prevent a defeat by 10-15.
With the tournament drawing to a close, we were expected to play our last game against the TB Neckarhausen, which we had comprehensively beaten in the group phase. Having sustained several injuries during the tournament, our opponents decided not to play, effectively granting us a victory of 50-0 and securing our placing in the tournament as 7th of 17 participating teams.
This was a great achievement by our boys and trainers which, with a comparatively small squad, confirmed the standing of the MRFC in the German youth rugby hierarchy by obtaining a top 8 finish in a U12 DM for a third year in a row. By now, there is no team in Germany who would be happy to have us in their group in the coming tournaments.
A big thank you to our Manager Martin for a flawless organization, to our coaches David and Robin who were exceptional in guiding our boys and to all parents who joined us in this journey and provided invaluable support.
Beyond the sporting performance, rugby provides an experience which has repercussions for life in general. This week-end was not only a great physical challenge but also a roller-coaster of emotions. This combination results in lessons that go well beyond the pitch about commitment, team work and the sacrifice that is required when facing adversity. The human side is what makes our sport special and the great memories of this week-end will stay with all of us for many years to come.

Trainer: David Clegg, Robin Compeyron, James Stockwin
Fernando Zamola
Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
Mathis Closs, Giorgio Delli Colli, Felix Deutschenbaur, Giorgio Delli Colli, Timote Dupuis, Loic Miller, Christian Pearce, Benedek Scheuss-Somorai, Johann Schmidt, Leonardo Tomasi, Louis Viallard, Luis Weber, Daniel Whitehead, Bruno Zamola 

Ergebnisse Gruppenspiele:
München RFC - RG Heidelberg: 45:15 (Tries: Louis Viallard 5x, Leo Tomasi 2x, Christian Pearce, Bruno Zamola)
München RFC - TB Neckarshausen: 55:5 (Tries: Louis Viallard 6x, Bruno Zamola 3x, Christian Pearce, Leo Tomasi)
München RFC - USV Potsdam: 35:25 (Tries: Giorgio Delli Colli 2x, Leo Tomasi 2x, Louis Viallard 2x, Bruno Zamola)
München RFC - Berliner RC : 5:20 (Try: Louis Viallard)
Spiele um Platz 5 bis 8:
München RFC - RC Aachen: 10:15 (Timote Dupuis, Leo Tomasi)
Spiele um Platz 7:
München RFC - TB Neckarshausen: 50:0
Die U12 des München RFC belegte somit den 7.Platz von 17 Mannschaften.
Wir gratulieren den neuen Deutschen Meister SC Frankfurt 1880.