Two wins and one narrow loss for Switzerland in Yverdon
Yverdon, 23.11.2019 – On a sunny November Day in Yverdon, the Swiss Rugby Teams played an unprecedented 3 European cup games in the U20, Women’s, and Men’s categories. The U20s started off the action in a qualification match for the Rugby Europe Championship, against their Polish counterparts. For the first ten minutes the teams traded penalties, their kickers converting at a perfect rate, giving the hosts a slim 9-6 lead halfway through the 1st half. It was the visitors to cross the tryline first, when Jan Mrozinski touched town for a try just before the halftime. It was the Swiss who pulled ahead in the 2nd half of a tightly combated match, with a couple of tries and a couple of penalties: 27-11 after 62 minutes. However, the visitors could not be held off and scored two more tries of their own. After a long defensive stand on their own tryline, the hosts managed to pull off the tight victory 27-25.
Next up was the Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy match where Switzerland faced Finland. Seeking to make up for their recent loss to the Czech Republic, the Swiss Women came out firing right from the start. They were the only ones to score in the first half, with Anne Thiebaud and Maria Sorli-Rico touching down for a halftime score of 10-0. Not much to debate in the second half either. Despite a heroic defensive stand by the Fins in their own half, again the Swiss were the only ones to get onto the scoreboard. Number 8 Julie Gaudin was first to score, at the 42nd minute. After a penalty by Louise Kuss, two more tries, by Rahel Bosshard and Julie Gaudin, followed to complete the final score of 32-0.
The final game of the day was the Rugby Europe Men’s Trophy clash between Switzerland’s and Poland’s Senior men’s teams. With a tradition of close, hard-fought games, this matchup promised to be an action- packed clash. It delivered what it promised. After 2 minutes, it was Switzerland first to get on the board, when Simon Perrod notched a 2nd-minute penalty. Poland answered in style evening the score 8 minutes later. The teams kept trading penalties until the 25th minute, when Switzerland’s Corentin Delabays was the first to touch down, making the score 13-6. Following a yellow card to Poland’s Thomas Fidler in the 26th minute, Switzerland failed to gain an advantage.
It was Poland who scored first in the second half, when two penalties caught them up to 13-12. Switzerland pulled ahead again when winger Hugo Malyon intercepted a Polish pass and scored a solo try off a searing 60 meter run: 20-12 at the 58th minute. Poland did not take long to respond, scoring a penalty and a try of their own. At the 70th minute, with the score tied 20-20, Switzerland’s tight-head prop Vincent Vial received a yellow card for a shoulder charge. This tipped the balance in Poland’s favor. Converting a penalty in the 74th minute sealed the win at 20-23 to Poland.
Switzerland U20 will play its next qualification match on Saturday, November 30th against the Czech Republic in Heidelberg. The Women’s team will play their next Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy Match on May 9th in Sweden. The Swiss Men’s Senior team will play its next match on March 14th in Geneva against the Netherlands.