Swiss U18 National Team ends successful 2016-17 season as Rugby Europe Conference 2 Champions
Piestany, SVK, 22/04/2017 – With a 20-14 win over Serbia in the Tournament final, the Swiss U18 national team crowned its successful 2016-17 season as Rugby Europe Conference 2 Champions. On the way to the title, the young Edelweiss beat Hungary 40-7 in the Semi-Finals and hosts Slovakia 62-0 in the Quarter finals of the 8-team Conference 2 tournament.
With one national preparation camp per month and more playing opportunities than ever before in the new Swiss U18 national Championship, the young Swissmen coached by Olivier Jeandroz and Ronny Karlen and managed by Pascal Racaud, had a hard-working and strong preparation throughout the season for the Rugby Europe tournament in Slovakia.
As they headed into the final match against undefeated Serbia, the Swiss U18s had a strong start, scoring the opening try of the match in the 13th minute. However, the opponents were able to get themselves right back into the game, answering with a converted try of their own 7 minutes later, making the score 5-7 for Serbia half way through the 1st half. Despite playing the last 10 minutes of the half with 15 men against 14 after a yellow card to Serbia, Switzerland was unable to score and it was Serbia who touched down for one more try making the halftime score 5-14 against Switzerland.
After the intermission, the good coaching and great character and preparation of the Swiss U18 team showed, as their opponents got into more penalty trouble with another yellow card at the 48th minute: the Swiss played with intelligence and discipline, and scored 3 unanswered tries in the next 18 minutes, sealing the game and the championship with a final score of 20-14.
The Swiss U18 team and the FSR would like to thank all those who supported the team throughout the season and at the Rugby Europe Conference tournament, especially Ageda Communications and Kyos, who sponsored the team’s equipment, along with some private donors and supporters.
Find the Team Lists, Games Sheets, and links to the U18 match videos below.
For any enquiries or to contact the Swiss U18 team, please contact u18(AT)suisserugby.com by e-mail.