Rugby Europe Trophy: Germany 20 - 33 Switzerland. Curtain-raisers by U18s with a victory and Women's Team with a defeat.
Heidelberg, 29/02/2020 - A Triple-Header by Switzerland in Heidelberg, yielded 2 victories and 1 defeat for the teams of the Edelweiss.
In the big Rugby Europe Trophy Clash of the day, Switzerland took home a historic victory against Germany, beating the "big Brother" by 33 points to 20.
In the curtain-raisers, the Swiss U18 beat the Baden-Württemberg U18 selection 27 to 7 in a friendly game, and the Swiss Women's Team lost to the HRK Women's Club 5-15.
Rugby Europe Trophy Game: Germany 20 - 33 Switzerland
In this highly anticipated match played between the two neighbors, it was the "little brother" Switzerland who, having come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, got on the scoreboard first, with a penalty scored in the 6th minute. Thanks to a subsequent yellow card to Germany, Switzerland was able to capitalize again, with flanker Ludovic Peruisset scoring a try in the 15th minute. After trading penalties between both teams, it was the hosts who answered with two converted tries in the 24th and 31st minute. One more penalty to each side in the last 6 minutes of the half, brought the halftime score to 20-16 in favor of the hosts.
In the second half, the Swiss came back out doubly determined, and were able to dominate their opponents in nearly every facet of the game. The hosts were unable to get on the scoreboard again, while the Swiss countered with a penalty and two converted tries to take the victory with a final score of 20-33.
Rugby-Verband Baden-Württemberg U18 7 - 27 Switzerland U18
In the Second Game of the day, the Swiss U18s came out firing against the U18 Regional Selection of Baden Württemberg. Their strong start paid off soon, with Switzerland first to get on the scoreboard, with a pair of tries in the first half, within seconds of each other, giving them a 0-10 lead over the hosts. The Regional Selection soon clawed their way back into the game, and capitalized on a Swiss yellow card making the halftime score 7-10.
In the second half, the Swiss U18 took firm control of the game, dominating in nearly every aspect. They ran in try after try, for a well-deserved victory, with final score 7-27.
HRK Rugby Frauen 15 - 5 Swiss Women's Rugby
IN the first game of the day, the Swiss ladies started fast and strong into this friendly match, with Julie Gaudin touching down for the 1st try after 12 minutes, giving the guests a lead of 0-5.
Throughout the rest of the half, the hosts found their way into the match and replied with a try of their own, making the halftime score 5-5.
In the second half, the Swiss game didn’t lack in rhythm and determination. However, marred by too many errors resulting in turnovers, only the hosts were able to cross the try line again, scoring two more tries for a final score of 5-15.
Switzerland's Men will play their next Rugby Europe Trophy Match on March 14th, against the Netherlands, in Geneve Plan Les Ouates.
Tickets are still available at www.suisserugby.com
PHOTOS BY JÜRGEN KESSLER SPORTFOTOGRAFIE
Watch the replay of Germany - Switzerland HERE
See the Game Sheet of Germany - Switzerland below
Find the team lineups of the Swiss Teams below