Nyon beats Geneve PLO to win Swiss National Rugby Championship in exciting LNA Final
Saturday, June 11, Stade Cherpines, Plan-les-Ouates – In a closely-contested and highly competitive LNA final, Nyon RC became Swiss Champions when they beat RC Geneve Plan-Les-Ouates with 22 points to 19.
The match kicked off under a spectacular cloudy sky and on wet ground due to recent persistent rain showers, and play was consequently marred by errors at first. The first 40 minutes were marred by numerous penalties, and it was the two teams’ kickers who kept the scoreboard ticking over and kept their teams in close contest, which struggled to find its rhythm. The teams went into the halftime break with a score of 9-9 and with 14 players each, after referee Yann Benoit had to show his yellow card twice.
After the break, the game picked up pace and play became a bit more precise and daring. It was Nyon who crossed the tryline first, thanks to a break by Nyon’s number 8, Swiss National Team Captain Cyril Lin, off a well-executed lineout move. The score: Geneve PLO 9 – 16 Nyon RC. Nyon’s kicker added another penalty to his tally soon after, pulling his team away by 10 points with about 25 minutes left to play.
However, Geneve PLO was far from giving up and fought their way back into the game. Their persistent attacking pressure paid off when they touched down for a try in the corner. Gaetan Hirsch’s conversion made the score 16-19, with Nyon ahead by just 3 points and 20 minutes left to play.
The final quarter of the match turned into a nail-biter, with Nyon scoring the first blow, by slotting two successive penalty kicks and pulling ahead again with 22 points to 16 with ten minutes to play in the match, having lost one more player to a yellow card.
In the final minutes Geneve PLO clawed its way back to 19-22 with another successful penalty kick.
To complete this edge-of-your seat second half of the Swiss National Championship Final, Geneve PLO’s nearly perfect kicker missed a last-second penalty at the 80th minute to seal Nyon’s victotry and National Championship with a final score of 19-22.
Unprecedented coverage was provided for the 2016 LNA final: The match was live-streamed on Swiss-Sport.tv for the first time in Swiss Rugby History and remains available HERE on replay.
In addition, a live ticker with live scoring, photos, and commentary was provided on Swiss Rugby Union's Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.
Big thanks to FSR Event Crew Erin Kennedy and Michel Mathez as well as the Swiss-Sport TV team at Upstream-Media.