Swiss U18 Team Finishes Rugby Europe Trophy in 5th place with a win against the Ukraine
Gdansk, POL, 30.03.2018 – Following a loss in the first round to Germany and a win in the second round against Luxembourg, the Swiss U18 National Team secured a hard-fought 29-24 victory against the Ukraine to finish the Rugby Europe U18 Trophy in 5th place.
In their final match, the young Swissmen met a tough Ukrainian side. It was the Ukrainian team who got into the game first, with a try in the 4th minute scored by their playmaking number 10 Daniil Hapon. Despite having been caught by surprise, the Swiss team found an answer right away, when their own number 10 Hugo Caubet got the team on the board with a penalty at the 7th minute, making the score 3-7. Taking confidence from these points and despite suffering an injury to their winger, it was the Swiss who added the next three scores unanswered: a try by scrumhalf William Meyer at the 13th minute, another by number 8 Olmo Bartoloni following a Yellow card to the Ukraine’s own number 8, and a try scored by Hooker Guillaume Cramont, who dove over the line off a quick tap penalty taken by scrumhalf William Meyer. The score was 22-7 after 31 minutes. However, before the 1st half was finished, it was Switzerland’s turn to receive a yellow card, which put Philipp Calstroem into the bin for 10 minutes. The Ukraine took advantage of the one-man overlap when their second-rower Artem Zarovnyi dove over the line following a driving maul off a line-out for one last try of the half, converted to make the halftime score 22-14 to Switzerland.
After a wild first half, the second period of the game was slightly less eventful. Both sides' ill discipline gave the Ukraine another man in the sin-bin, when second rower Artem Zarovnyi saw a yellow card in the 50th minute. Switzerland was able to capitalize on the one-man advantage when back-rower Olmo Bartoloni scored his second try of the match, with near-perfect kicker Hugo Caubet adding his 3rd conversion, making the score 29-14 after 54 minutes. Thanks to this lead, Switzerland was able to survive a big surge by the Ukraine in the last quarter of the game, and despite the men in blue and yellow scoring two more tries in the 60th and 65th minute, both scored by their props, Switzerland emerged with a 29-24 victory in the end.
Switzerland thus finished the Ruby Europe U18 Trophy in 5th place and has assured its place in the competition for next year.
The Swiss Rugby Union would like to thank the sponsors and donors of the Swiss U18 National Team for their support:
JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Families Daniel, Meyer and Ravinet