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2. Bundesliga Süd
München Freimann, 03. Juni 2017, Bericht:
David Clegg

RC Stusta München : München RFC
15 : 11

The birds were silent,
the sun was hot.
The wind was still
and the babies cried not.

The pressure was rising,
the tension too,
and they all came together,
Those boys in blue.

And in years to come,
all will say:
That they remember what they did
on derby day.

A late kick off was a blessing in the scorching heat of the first days of June. Gathering at the Stusta pitch for the local derby one thing was clear for everyone involved – this was going to be one hell of a game. The memories of the home fixture at the beginning of the season still stung in the memories of some of the players and they were determined to make amends on this last league game of the season. However, they weren’t able to get off to a good start. Profiting from miscommunication in the Munich pack, Stusta managed to secure the ball right off of their kick-off. What followed were 11 minutes of hard running and a great build-up of pressure by Stusta with Munich defending hard in their own 22. The quick defensive line around the rucks put pressure on the attackers, forcing handling errors and winning Munich a scrum, which gave Pete the-scrum-coach Morris the opportunity to clear the lines with some excellent kicking. But the boys in blue didn’t have much time to rest, as Stusta were right back in the 22 applying more pressure with big ball carriers running hard lines at the blue wall of defence. In the end it was a mismatch well spotted by the Stusta back row forward who managed to weave his way between the two Munich props who were the last line of defence. 5:0 advantage to the home side. The fairly easy conversion was missed – in part thanks to Sam-I-Am-Cross who charged up to challenge the kicker and put him off enough to keep the opponent’s lead to just 5.
Inspired by their ferocious defence, Munich were eager to make quick amends and the response was what you would expect from a team of lions. Putting pressure on Stusta from the restart it took just 3 Minutes for MRFC to win a penalty on the 22. Fred-the-legs-Begards stepped up to the kicking T and comfortably slotted the ball through the uprights to make the score 5:3.
Now it was Stusta’s turn to respond but again they found a determined Munich defence difficult to overcome. There were no gaps this time. A number of set pieces gave the spectators something to cheer about – Stusta were dominant in the scrum but Munich were bossing the line-outs and so both teams found some solid platforms to play off of. After another long period of pressure in the Munich half, Munich were penalised for a side-entry in a ruck. Stusta took the chance to keep the score board ticking over – 8:3.
Determined to put the pressure back on Stusta, Pete-the-scrum-coach-who-should-have-focussed- a-bit-more-on-his-kicking-Morris kicked the ball straight out from the restart, giving Stusta a scrum in the centre of the pitch. Luckily for him, the loose forwards were on great form and a hard hit on the Stusta fullback running taking the inside line, dislodged the ball, forcing a knock-on and a scrum for Munich. ‘All part of the plan’ was the unashamed response from the Munich stand-off. After more scrums and more running and more tackles and more running and more lineouts, Alex Akram managed to turn over a ball in great style, only for the brother of Capri Sun Blues Caption Kehome Brenner to fly in with a high arm on the Stusta 13. The retaliatory punch was also spotted by assistant referee and after a bit of a discussion, both players were given 10 minutes to sit in the corner and think of what they had done. Munich started to build up the pressure and a brilliant attack built off of the solid work by the forwards in the line-out, was foiled by a lack of being able to catch a ball in the backs. But the pressure was enough to force another penalty within kicking range. Again Fred did the honours and the score just before half time was the 8:6. Munich were starting to profit from their extra fitness and the big Stusta ball carriers were beginning to tire. The final minute and a half wouldn’t change the score but big hits, big pressure and Alex Kamra, who was obviously fed up with running around on the wing, put his mark on the game by putting in one of his many big hits after chasing after a kick. The half time whistle came too soon for Munich but just in time for Stusta who needed to regroup.
The captain David-slow-legs-Clegg was replaced by Robbie-the-massive-legs-Schuster who immediately made an impact with big hits and strong attack work. On his centenary game for the club (for which the club had a special trophy made to present him with, which captain slow legs forgot at home) Guilherme Buff took up the captaincy for the remaining 40 minutes and led from the front.
Immediately Munich had a chance to score after some great pressure by the forwards pulling in the defence and creating the space out wide – the space the Sam-offload-Sam refused to spot as he darted inwards at the defence and threw an underhand offload straight into the Stusta defenders arms. Attacking opportunity gone. A loose kick a few minutes later and a missed tackle by Mario-some-mothers-like-his-legs-Tornero gave Stusta their only scoring opportunity and they took it, with their hooker running an impressive 30m sprint to touch down in the corner. The difficult conversion was successful meaning for the first time in the match Stusta lead by more than a converted try 15:6.
After a long period of pressure Munich finally managed to cross the line in the corner after scrums line outs and big ball carrying. The conversion was unsuccessful. 15:11. The Munich bench was being brought into play and apart from Billy the Centurion and Brice-the-workhorse-G’Nom,  all of the forwards were replaced. The new power brought onto the pitch meant Stusta spent the rest of the game stuck in their half and a lot of it in their 22. Towards the end of the match, a succession of penalties brought Munich to 5 metres in front of the Stusta line. But in the last play of the game, a penalty to Munich was overturned by the assistant referee who spotted an infringement. Stusta cleared into touch and the final whistle was blown. It was a bitter defeat after a tough and well balanced game.
Perhaps it wasn’t the victory Munich wanted, but it was certainly redemption for this fixture in the first leg of the season. A great thanks to the coach duo of Scott Walnuts Warner and Alan Redskin Moughty who managed to transform the team after a terrible first half of the season to end up putting on such a brilliant performance. And of course thank you to the supporters and fans who stuck with us. As is the case at the end of every season, we now say goodbye to some of our great players and hope to say hello to some new ones over the summer. Now it’s time to enjoy the 7s season and regroup ready for next season. See you all then.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards (an 75.min Sergio Delgardo)
2. Alex Loders (ab 50.min Maxime Gelly)
3. Guilherme Buff
4. Brice N´Gom
5. Mario Tonero (ab 60.min Yassin Barik)
6. Niklas Graf (ab 55.min Robert Schuster)
7. David Clegg (Capt.) (ab 41.min Lucas Marchi)
8. Sidney Brenner (ab 70.min Tobias Lefherz)
9. Antoine Miguiet (ab 75.min Alan Moughty)
10. Peter Morris
11. Alexander Makra
12. Sam Cross
13. Nikolaus McLachlan
14. Alexandre Schranz
15. Frederic Begards

Try: Peter Morris
Penalties: Frederic Begards 2x

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 27. Mai 2017, Bericht:
Sam Cross

München RFC : Neckarsulmer SU
15 : 24

Since the last instalment of the rugby diaries, the earth has continued to turn on its axis, the sun has risen in the morning and set in the evening and, equally as repetitively, I once again find myself before my laptop on a sunny afternoon attempting to think of something vaguely interesting to report to my loyal readers regarding Saturday’s rugby game. The team apparently enjoy this reporter’s column so much that they are now willing to vote for him to write it for no discernible reason whatsoever. To combat this concerning trend I have used my standard match report template, but have purposefully failed to insert as many of my usual witticisms. It definitely has nothing to do with the fact that I’m running out of jokes. Stepping out into the ethereal haze of a blazingly hot day in Großhadern, the first team needed to round off a day of victories for the Women’s team and the 2nd XV in front of a decent crowd: if for no other reason than to attempt to impress the numerous female Dutch rugby players assembled behind the posts. Despite the best efforts of the team on the field and Mario’s ‘finest’ post-game chat off the field, MRFC were unfortunately without success in either endeavour. In reality the game was lost early on by the home side. Neckarsulm are the best team in the league for a reason (discounting the ludicrous 8 point deduction which currently has them sitting in 2nd place in the table) and were not going to give quarter to a Munich side which had been in the ascendance upon resumption of the season after the winter break. MRFC allowed two relatively soft tries within the opening minutes of the game which gave the away team a comfortable lead. From that point onwards, it was an uphill struggle for the home team to gain a footing in the game. The NSU defensive line was quick to rush up, cutting off most opportunities for the backs to spread the ball wide and profit from the expansive attacking play which had served them well until this point in the season. This was complimented by big, physical ball carriers who were looking to run the ball through the middle of the field, testing the defensive resolve of the home centres. There were further occasions where the Münchner equally lacked the clinical finishing which has plagued them at times throughout the campaign, as handling errors resulted in points being left on the field multiple times. Vote saboteur and hypocrite extraordinaire Maxime was seen devouring DIN A4 whilst taking long strides backwards in the scrum. Meanwhile, a series of basic errors from all areas of the team resulted in try-scoring opportunities left wanting. Gradually, though, the Gastgeber were able to work themselves back into the game. After a kick-and-chase try which was surprisingly not awarded by the referee, Pete Morris immediately bounced back to score in the corner from the ensuing scrum. Akram was also able to get one of his many names on the scoresheet again by scoring out wide.
Throughout the second half the home team were able to score once more via Morris. Fortunately, he has recently publicly confirmed that he shall be returning to the club whilst undertaking his postgraduate study at the LMU from 2018. After making such a binding commitment it would be very poor form on his part to renege on the promise.
Despite the improvement Munich were never quite able to catch up the impressive Neckarsulmer, but were able to demonstrate why the former have had such a resurgence in 2017 and gave a much better account of themselves than they did in the Hinrunde. On a different day, with a better start, the result could have been different. Nonetheless, credit to NSU for a tough but scrupulously fair game of rugby. Next week is the all important Munich Derby: the battle for bragging rights in The Keg for the duration of the summer. Any supporters willing to embark on the lengthy and treacherous journey to StuSta would be extremely welcome.

Fotos: hier

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards
2. Maxime Gelly (ab 55.min Alex Loders)
3. Guilherme Buff (an 60.min Sergio Delgardo)
4. Yassim Barik (ab 75.min Owain Williams)
5. Mario Tonero
6. Niklas Graf
7. David Clegg (Capt.) (ab 70.min Alan Moughty)
8. Sidney Brenner
9. Antoine Miguiet
10. Peter Morris
11. Alexander Makra
12. Sam Cross
13. Nikolaus McLachlan
14. Tobias Lefherz (ab 65.min Alexander  Michelfelder)
15. Alexandre Schranz

Tries: Peter Morris 2x, Alexander Makra

2. Bundesliga Süd
Heidelberg, 20. Mai 2017, Bericht:
Guilherme Buff

Heidelberger TV : München RFC
17 : 29

Mit nur 15 Minuten Verspätung macht sich der MRFC an diesem schönen und sonnigen Samstagmorgen auf dem Weg nach Heidelberg. Die Englische Bayern wissen das es ein sehr harten Kampf. geben wird. Das Spiel hat ausgeglichen begonnen. Heidelberg hat Druck ausgeübt, aber die brasilianische Münchner haben gut verteidigt. Die Gastgeber haben zu viele Fehlern gemacht und Frankie Begard hat die erste 3 Punkte erzielt. Der HTV war nicht beeindruckt und hat weiter angegriffen bis sie einen erhöhten Versucht gelegt haben.
Die spanische Mannschaft aus Bayern ist sofort aufgewacht und gleich nach dem Ankick einen Versuch durch Maxime "Prepuce" Gelly erzielt. Die portugiesische Löwen haben dann ihren Spielplan durchgeführt und weiter mit dem Einheimischen Seb "Spinne" Schüppel 7 Punkte gesammelt. So hat die erste Halbzeit m,it 17:5 geändet.
Heidelberg hat ihre Stärke bei den Gedrängen und mit den Stürmern weiter ausgenutzt und weiter die österreichische Landeshauptstäder unter Druck gesetzt. Aber der Spielmacher Pete "Back of the Scrum" Morris hat die Dreiviertel und die ganze Mannschaft regiert und selbst weitere 2 Versuche gelegt, nach zwei wunderschöne Mannschaftszüge geführt jeweils von Brice "Dussautoir" N'Gom und Basti "Hensel" Schüppel. Die franko-Schweizer Bayern haben eine Weitere Gelegenheit noch einen Versuch durch Maxime "Butter hands" Gelly and  Alan "give me the f* ball" Moughty zu legen, haben aber nichts erzielt aufgrund von Mängeln an Aufmerksamkeit.
HTV hat dann gezeigt dass sie das Spiel nicht verloren haben und bestrafen die Iren aus Bayern mit 10 Punkten .
Am Ende hat die stolze deutsche Mannschaft aus die Landeshauptstadt Bayerns das Spiel kontrolliert und den Sieg nach Hause mitgebracht.
Spezielle Erwähnung kriegt unser Hammer Alex "O'Brian" Schranz , der drei Versuche von Heidelberg als letzte Mann vermieden hat.
Nächsten Samstag empfängt MRFC die Favorit und Starke Mannschaft Neckarsulmer SU in Großhadern. Auf eine Zahlreiche Erscheinung unseren Fans freuen wit uns.

Fotos: hier (von Uwe Kleinhans)

Mannschftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards (ab 50.min Alex Loders)
2. Maxime Gelly
3. Guilherme Buff
4. Brice N´Gom
5. Mario Tonero
6. Niklas Graf
7. Yassim Barik (ab 61.min Lucas Marchi)
8. Sidney Brenner (Capt.) (ab 69.min Tobias Lefherz)
9. Antoine Miguiet
10. Peter Morris
11. Alexander Makra (ab 35.min Alan Moughty)
12. Sam Cross
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Alexandre Schranz
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Peter Morris 2x, Maxime Gelly, Sebastian Schüppel
Erhöhungen: Frederic Begards 3x
Penalty: Frederic Begards

2. Bundesliga Süd
Regensburg, 13. Mai 2017, Bericht:
Sam Cross

RC Regensburg 2000 : München RFC
14 : 64

The latest instalment of the rugby diaries is back by popular demand: i.e. the DoD didn’t want to write the match report and apparently yours truly has nothing better to do with his spare time. Stirring themselves from their slumber, dreaming of the green pastures of their homeland and with ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ still ringing in their ears, the newly anointed “englische Münchner” descended on Regensburg on Saturday in the rearranged 2. Bundesliga Süd fixture. Avid readers of the German rugby press will be aware of recent accusations of the apparent Anglicisation of the away team, which certainly surprised many involved with the club. Speaking as approximately one third of the club’s massive English contingent, the present author can only hope that such reports come to fruition.
Munich kicked off to commence the game and placed Regensburg deep into their own territory, before quickly conceding a penalty, allowing the Oberpfälzer to clear their lines. The away team looked to control the game from the offset and took an early lead against a motivated Regensburg side to make the score 14-0 after two early tries. Fred Begards [France] had an impressive game from the tee kicking 7 conversions, despite missing one conversion attempt twice in a row after the home side had been kind enough to charge the kick early. The cherry red and whites were not going to go down easily in front of their home crowd though and the cultivated boot of their 12 put Munich under pressure with kicks which eventually led to a scrum on the Munich 5m line after the ball had been held up over the try-line. The defence of the aforementioned scrum was lacklustre out wide and led to Regensburg crashing under the posts for their first try of the game. Throughout the first half, DoD Makra [Austria] had seemingly made an ethical decision to go vegan. At least it certainly appeared as if, in the words of Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins, he was avoiding getting a ‘meat pie’, as minor errors resulted in a couple of opportunities left wanting. Little to worry though, as soon thereafter he made a u-turn on this decision and was caught positively butchering a try-scoring opportunity having broke through the line out wide and, in his eagerness to place the ball directly under the posts, knocking the ball on whilst being tackled by an opposition defender. Luckily, fly-half Morris [Austria] was able to capitalise on a slick backs move which exposed a large gap in the usually well-defended Regensburg midfield to dart over the line. The Munich side was prompted by Alan Moughty’s [Ireland] strong and stable leadership to use the (Br)exit ball to clear their lines and prevent Regensburg from further scoring opportunities in the first half. After further tries from deserved man of the match Brice N’gom [France] and Kehoma Brenner’s younger brother [Germany], the score at halftime stood at 33-7.
Throughout the second half the game fluctuated as both teams made a series of basic mistakes which resulted in further missed scoring opportunities for Munich, as well as an interception try for the hosts. MRFC were similarly able to capitalise on mistakes made by their opposition and produced spells of good attacking play, scoring further tries through Schüppel [Germany], Mkara [Austria], Begards [France], Tornero [Spain] and Buff [Brazil]. The true English players for Munich were looking to get a mention on the scoresheet but were unfortunately kept at bay. Especially the current writer couldn’t catch a break whilst playing against his old club as, despite an interception in the second half which was rightfully called back for an earlier advantage and a line break in the final play of the game which he messed up in an almost Mraka-esque manner, he was unable to score.
The game ended with MRFC the winners in a competitive, friendly, fair and well-refereed contest with the score at 14-64.

Fotos: hier

Mannschftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Sergio Delgardo (ab 46.min Alex Loders)
2. Maxime Gelly (ab 68.min Martin Jose)
3. Guilherme Buff
4. Brice N´Gom
5. Mario Tonero
6. Niklas Graf
7. David Clegg (Capt.)
8. Sidney Brenner (ab 47.min Yassim Barik)
9. Alan Moughty
10. Peter Morris
11. Alexander Makra (ab 71.min Alexander Michelfelder)
12. Sam Cross
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Alexandre Schranz
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Sebastian Schüppel 2x, Frederic Begards, Sidney Brenner, Peter Morris, Mario Tornero, Brice N´Gom, Alexander Makra, Alan Moughty, Guilherme Buff
Erhöhung: Frederic Begards 7x

 

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 6. Mai 2017, Bericht:
Sam Cross

München RFC : RC Rottweil
25 : 12

Munich were ready for another competitive game of rugby at Fortress Großhadern on Saturday following back-to-back wins against Karlsruhe and Handschuhsheim. Regular readers of this column will recall the write-up of the latter game for its particularly detailed description of everything Alex Marka did that Saturday, with the sole exception of what he ate for breakfast. Accordingly, a different editorial approach has been taken with this week’s contribution from your (increasingly regular) reporter.
The game was tight for the duration of the first half, as Munich employed a sensible kicking strategy to gain ground and place Rottweil deep within their own territory. The defence remained strong and, despite a significant weight advantage in the opposition pack, Munich’s scrum remained largely stable, whilst the lineout was a tough contest between the two sides. Despite opting for the posts on multiple occasions, the home side were unable to capitalise on their opportunities as shots from the tee missed their mark.
Maxime Le Pen Gelly did a nice job of Front-ing up to the opposition and carrying the ball into contact, whilst Sid Brenner busied himself breaking tackles and taking his fair share of big hits, including one particularly high tackle resulting in a yellow card for the away team. With 15 minutes gone, MRFC’s very own scrum coach broke the deadlock by slotting a penalty to put Munich 3-0 up. After a further battle for dominance, Pete Morris once again took it upon himself to score, thereby providing Munich with some breathing space, as he finished a well worked backs move to loop around the outside and score in the corner. As the half time whistle blew, the Gastgeber were 8-0 up.
Following the break, the hosts encountered a newly invigorated opposition who were able to break through and score two tries in quick succession after a period of sustained pressure, including one unfortunately resulting from an interception after Munich became too creative with their attempted passes. MRFC’s stand out performance came once again from their stand-off, as Morris broke through the line on the wing before strolling towards the posts at a leisurely pace, eventually dotting the ball down five metres to the left of the posts. The ensuing kick sailed wide of the uprights, for which the kicker/try-scorer surely only had himself to blame. The score stood at 13-12 in a finely balanced match.Knowing he had to make amends for his earlier misjudgement, the fly-half once again darted over the line to score, though this time the kicking duties were left to Alan Moughty who, showing great control at the back, duly slotted the conversion. MRFC’s winger capitalised on an inspired kick from Moughty to score on the 75 minute mark to bring the score to 25-12 and seal the victory for the boys in blue. Some of the familial fanbase remarked on the shapeliness of the players legs between snapping photos of them. It seems like madrileño Mario may have an eager Marka following on Instagram, should he keep ripping his shorts each week…
Next up is the rearranged fixture away against Regensburg, who will be especially motivated to do the double over Munich in front of their home fans. The travelling contingent will have to work hard to control the game and anyone wishing to travel to show their support would be welcomed.

Fotos: hier

Mannschftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards (ab 71.min Sergio Delgardo)
2. Maxime Gelly
3. Guilherme Buff
4. David Clegg (Capt.) (ab 50.min Yassim Barik)
5. Mario Tonero (ab 45.min Brice N´Gom)
6. Niklas Graf (ab 70.min Alan Moughty)
7. Robert Schuster (ab 55.min Tobias Lefherz)
8. Sidney Brenner
9. Antoine Miguet (ab 70.min Lucas Marchi)
10. Peter Morris
11. Alexander Makra
12. Sam Cross
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Nikolaus McLachlan (ab 65.min Alexandre Schranz)
15. Frederic Begards

Versuche: Peter Morris 3x, Alexander Makra
Erhöhung: Alan Moughty
Penalty: Peter Morris