Swiss Women's XVs Team Beats Finland 20-5 in Rugby Europe Trophy Match
Myllypurro, Helsinki, FIN, 13.10.2018 – On a brisk autumn morning the Swiss Women’s XVs team faced its Finnish counterparts in the opening Game of the 2018-19 Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy. Both teams had faced off twice before in the last 6 years, but with a brand-new European Trophy on the line, this was to be a much more intense encounter then the last two, which were won by the Swiss Ladies.
Switzerland kicked off the game and was first to get on the board thanks to an early penalty taken and scored from approximately 30 meters out by Swiss winger Selina Fux.
The rest of the first quarter was played mostly in Switzerland’s half as the Swiss, though solid in the set piece, didn’t help themselves in fending off the mounting Finnish pressure a high number of missed tackles.
A yellow card at the 26th minute put Switzerland down to 14 women for the next 10 minutes. Finland capitalized on the advantage and scored a try off a running attack through the centers, which finally saw Anna Soiluva touch the ball down in the left corner, just before the Swiss sin-binned player came back on. The try remained unconverted making the score 5-3 with a few minutes still to play in the 1st half.
In the dying seconds of the half, the Swiss team launched a strong attack off a scrum at the 22 meters in Finnish territory. With a Playbook-execution of a Number-8 Pickup and pass to the inside center, Walti and Bosshard found the magic connection launching the Swiss deep into Finnish territory through a number of phases. The play ended in a Finnish penalty right at the tryline, and a yello card to fullback Eeva Pohjanheimo. Off this penalty the Swiss tapped and scored a try with Juliette Pera touching down for her first try on her first cap for Switzerland, making the halftime score 5-10 for Switzerland.
The sun out now, the second half started with the Swiss firmly planted in Finnish territory, stringing together attacking phases. Unable to capitalize from the field position, the Swiss and the Finns trade off attacks for the next 30 minutes of the second half. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute when Switzerland finally reaped the rewards for their attacking efforts, with Lala Da Silva slotting down for a try after a weaving run through the midfield. The score was now 5-15 with 8 minutes to play.
The Swiss then doubled down once more and finished the 2nd half the way they finished the first: by scoring one last try, this time with Anne Thiebaud dashing down the left wing for her first XVs try in her first appearance in that code for Switzerland, securing the Swiss 5-20 victory.
“Overall we are satisfied with our performance.” said Swiss Captain Sabrina Walti following the game. “We have a fairly new team with six players earning their first caps today, and three more their first cap in XVs. Globally we were able to implement much of what the coaching team had taught us over the course of our preparation. There are always some things to improve and there will be lots of points we’ll want to work on before our next match, but I am proud of the way this team came together and of course I am very happy about the win.“
Next in the Rugby Europe Women’s Trophy, Switzerland will face the Czech Republic at home on November 17th in Yverdon, in a first-ever Rugby Europe Trophy double-header with the men’s match equally opposing Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Click on the links below to download the game sheet as well as to watch the replay of the game.