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2. Bundesliga Süd
Unterföhring, 29. September 2018, Bericht:
Sam Cross

RC Unterföhring : München RFC
14 : 17

On the middle weekend of the Wiesn, as Italians clad in ‘traditional’ garb amassed in Munich to drink themselves sillier, MRFC made the short trip towards the airport to face off against local rivals RC Unterföhring. Featuring a strong forward pack and a back line which, though without Jacob ‘friends are visiting’ Fafiolu, was bolstered by the return of Peter Morris from the UK, the away team were focussed on the task at hand. They knew they had the tools to come away from the game victorious if they correctly applied them, were clinical and fronted up in defence to a tough Unterföhring side which becomes a stronger and more formidable opponent year upon year. 
The game began with Munich camped for an extended period in the Unterföhring half, hammering on the door trying to find a way through a very organised defence. After a period of sustained pressure, a lack of discipline from Munich allowed the home team to deservedly clear their lines after an impressive defensive display. The blues’ forwards showed their strength as they absolutely dominated the scrums, including winning several against the head, leaving a stable attacking platform for the backs. Unfortunately the backs, led ably by the half back combination of Dorian Gomez and Paul Emile-Bernard, were unable to convert this into points on a narrow pitch where every yard gained was hard won. After withstanding some attacks from RCU, MRFC were able to take the lead through a Gomez penalty, before having two tries disallowed from the sideline for forward passes. Soon thereafter the home side levelled the scores with a penalty of their own. 
At this point Munich could justifiably be accused of beginning to panic, trying to play too quickly and making rash decisions - such as attempting a penalty kick from the halfway line - rather than focussing on the territory-based strategy planned pre-game which was so important on such a narrow pitch. As halftime approached MRFC worked their way back into the opposition 22 and, just before the half, inside centre Sam Cross, returning from injury after being sidelined for 6 months, made use of the many extra kilos accrued during the break to crash over his opposite number to score and restore Munich’s lead. 
The second half was another battle for territory characterised by ill-discipline from both sides, with Munich being repeatedly caught offside – at least demonstrating that the preceding week’s lessons on line speed hadn’t gone unheard. This ill-discipline came to a head as Ramatan Govule saw yellow for multiple infractions within a couple of minutes. Unterföhring saw their opportunity to work their way back into the game and were well-drilled, using their man advantage to create gaps in the defence, as Morris ran quivering away from the man he was defending enabling the Unterföhring centre to break through for a deserved score. A delightful dropkick from the RCU fly-half rounded off a period of dominance for the home side. Munich responded and spectators and teammates alike were shocked to observe a rampant David Clegg, ball in hand, running faster than when last orders are called at the bar.
A major theme from the game was Adrian Schiller’s unwillingness to find himself on the scoresheet. The hooker was seen on multiple occasions to do everything in his power to avoid putting the ball down over the line, including jumping directly on top of a defender who was lying on the floor over the try line. However, his pièce de résistance came late in the game, as another barnstorming run led to him powering over the line with defenders hanging onto him. At this point he proceeded to, in his words, “pass” [drop] the ball backwards, where a delighted Gerd Gerhards pounced on top to score an opportunistic try. Talk about the front row union! 
What followed was a tight finish and a big defensive push from MRFC to keep RCU from scoring once more. As the game drew to a close, Munich were able to hold the opposition out and were able to find touch to bring an end to a very even, fair and well-contested encounter, heading back down the S8 with a 14-17 win.

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Karl Wolf (ab 45.min Joshua Kritzer)
2. Adrian Schiller
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Hugo Boddaert
5. Mariano Francolino (ab 57.min Olivian Gilea)
6. Antoine Miguet
7. Ramathan Govoule
8. David Clegg
9. Dorian Gomez
10. Emile Paul Bernard
11. Alexandre Schranz
12. Sam Cross
13. Peter Morris
14. Robin Compeyron
15. Javier Gonzales (ab 69.min Kieran Munelly)

Versuche: Sam Cross, Gerd Gerhards
Erhöhungen: Dorian Gomez 2x
Penalty: Dorian Gomez

2. Bundesliga Süd
München, 15. September 2018, Bericht:
Scott Warner

München RFC : TSV 1846 Nürnberg
36 : 19

MRFC welcomed newly promoted Nuernberg to Grosshadern for the opening home game of the Season.
The Lions got off to the best possible start with a sensational try from Speedy Javier Gonzalez who went over in the corner in traditional Argentinian winger style. Despite the early lead Nuernberg got very quickly back into the game and put the home team line under pressure. It was a turbulent 10 minute period for MRFC who saw the other Argentinian in the team take a yellow card for stopping a certain try with a professional foul. This was soon follow by front row injuries to big ball carrier Jose Martin and experienced prop Guilherme Buff. The 10 minute period came to an end with a great try from the away team who slid over in the corner. The successful conversion meant Nuernberg would take the lead. MRFC responded with a penalty from scrum half maestro Dorian Gomez on his home debut for the club. This was quickly followed by another Nuernberg try which took them into the lead just before half time.
The second half kicked off and the blues got off to a flyer with veteran Alan Moughty going over from 1 yard with a very clever slight of hand. Munich then tightened their grip on the game with some barnstorming running from big Frenchman Hugo Boddaert alongside his counterpart Paul Emile Bernard pulling the strings at fly half. Ugandan international Ramathan Govule then went over on his debut as captain in a classic Rama finish with power and pace through the heart of the defence. Nuernberg then looked to get back in the game as they went over to reduce the lead to 22-19. Munich responded quickly as powerful prop Karl Wolf went flying over from the 22m line. A very welcome return from injury as he got a big ovation from the home ground. Captain Govule was then able to put the cherry on the cake with a last minute try under the posts. A true captains knock. Successfully converted by debutant Gomez. Final Score stood at MRFC 36 Nuernberg 19.

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Karl Wolf
2. Martin Jose (ab 5.min Guilherme Buff (ab 15.min Alan Moughty)
3. Gerd Gerhards
4. Matthieu Gaugibus
5. Mariano Francolino
6. Hugo Boddaert
7. Miguel Hernandez (ab 60.min Sam Cross)
8. Michael Dobson
9. Dorian Gomez
10. Paul Emile Bernard
11. Javier Gonzales (ab 41.min Jacob Fafiolu)
12. Ramathan Govoule (Capt.)
13. Alexandre Schranz (ab 65.min Tautuki Choice)
14. Kieran Munelly (ab 45.min Chris Hetherton)
15. Robin Compeyron

Versuche: Ramathan Govoule 2x, Javier Gonzales, Alan Moughty, Karl Wolf
Erhöhungen: Dorian Gomez 4x
Penalty: Dorian Gomez

2. Bundesliga Süd
Rottweil, 8. September 2018, Bericht:
Alexander Michelfelder

RC Rottweil : München RFC
61 : 0

Auftakt in der 2.Bundesliga Süd für die Löwen aus München. Nach einer langen und durchaus erfolgreichen Saison 2017/2018 galt es nun and diese Leistung anzuknüpfen, wenn auch das nun vorhandene Personal sich von dem der diesjährigen Pokalfinalteilnehmer aus München deutlich unterschied. Mit nur 15 Mann ging es nach Rottweil. Ein Match-up welches schon immer einen sehr physischen Schwerpunkt mit sich brachte – mit heftigen Gedränge, schweren Stürmer und der einen oder anderen kleinen Rauferei im offenen Spiel war zu rechnen.
Von Anfang an wurde das Spiel von großartigen defensiv Leistung beider Mannschaften und der daraus entstehenden Härte geprägt. Die Münchner standen kompakt und ließen in der ersten Halbzeit nur am Anfang kurz etwas anbrennen, als der Rottweiler Verbinder, vor dem Münchner Malfeld, durch die Mitte zum Versuch „spazierte“. Kurz darauf war wieder volle Action angesagt, beide Teams hellwach, außer bei der Gasse. Schräge Einwürfe führten vermehrt zu Gedränge Situationen. Ein Teil des Rottweiler Spiels vor welchem es sich am meisten zu fürchten galt. Glücklicherweise jedoch hatte unser Sturm andere Pläne. Nicht nur konnte dieser gegen die schweren Rottweiler Stand halten, sondern unsere nicht durch Ersatzspieler zu erfrischende, erste Reihe hatte über die kompletten 80. Minuten die Kraft, das Rottweiler Paket so richtig unter Druck zu setzen. Eine Aufnahme der Gedränge würde bei jedem Sturmspieler in de heimischen DVD-Sammlung unter „Porno“ zu finden sein. Karl Wolf, Gerd Gerhards und Jose Martin konnten mit herausragender Technik das Münchner Pack immer und immer wieder zum Erhalten und auch Erlangen des Ballbesitzes im Gedränge führen.
Trotz alldem zeichnete sich ein Kräfteverlust seitens der Löwen ab und durch nicht vorhandene Wechsel galt es die Zähne zuzubeißen und gut zu stehen. Kurz vor der Halbzeit kassierte der MRFC noch zwei unglückliche Versuche. Die erste Halbzeit endete 21:0.
Über die zweite Halbzeit muss man wenig sprechen… Schwindende Kräfte sorgten für mehr und mehr Fehler in der Defensive und Rottweil konnte mit ihren frischen Bankspielern den Deckel drauf machen. Ein wunderschön körperliches und weitgehend faires Spiel wurde in den letzten 15 Minuten noch einmal zum unangenehmen Erlebnis. Ehe man sich versah waren 80 Minuten gespielt und kein Punkt erzielt. 61:0 geht’s zurück nach München - es steht viel Arbeit an. Das Ergebnis spiegelt sicherlich nicht ganz den spannenden Spielverlauf wieder und die Spieler des MRFC können erhobenen Hauptes wieder am Trainingsplatz für die kommenden Wochen an ihrem Spiel feilen.

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Gerd Gerhards
2. Martin Jose
3. Karl Wolf
4. Matthieu Gaugibus
5. Mariano Francolino
6. Hugo Boddaert
7. Miguel Hernandez
8. David Clegg
9. Antoine Miguet (Capt.)
10. Paul Emile Bernard
11. Javier Gonzales
12. Ramathan Govoule
13. Alexandre Scheanz
14. Tautuki Choice
15. Alexander Michelfelder

DRV Liga-Pokal Finale
Hausen, 15. Juli 2018, Bericht: 

 

TSG Hausen : München RFC
23 : 3

Spielbericht folgt

Mannschaftsaufstellung MRFC:
1. Jose Martin (ab 41.min Alex Loders)
2. John O´Donnell (ab 60.min Mathieu Gaugibus)
3. Odirile Losaba
4. Ramathan Govule
5. Owain Williams (ab 45.min Hugh Butler)
6. Miguel Hernandez (ab 50.min Mariano Fernandez)
7. Niklas Graf (ab 60.min )Alan Moughty)
8. Sidney Brenner
9. Antoine Miguet (Capt.)
10. Frederic Begards
11. Robin Compeyron  (ab 58.min Fred Odur)
12. Alexander Marka
13. Sebastian Schüppel
14. Brian Kikawa
15. Adam Popperwell (ab 70.min Alexandre Schranz)

Penalty: Frederic Begards

Bayerische 7er Meisterschaften
Nördlingen, 14. Juli 2018, Bericht:

kein Spielbericht

Mannschaftsaufstellung München RFC:
folgt