Switzerland loses to Netherlands 36-15 in Rugby Europe Trophy
Amsterdam, 24.11.2018 - in their 2nd match of the 2018-2019 Rugby Europe Trophy, the Swiss National Team lost by 36 to 15 to a powerful Netherlands team despite a good effort away in Amsterdam.
After just 3 minutes of play, it was the Oranje who opened the scoring through a penalty converted by number 12 David Weersma in the opening plays of the match. Despite the quick jump onto the scoreboard by the hosts, it was Switzerland who drew first real blood, when prop-forward Marius Chapel got over the line for a try just 4 minutes later. The try remained unconverted fixing the score at 3-5 in favor of Switzerland. It was to be the only score by the men of the Edelweiss in the first half. The rest of the scoring was dominated by the boot of Dutch number 12 Weersma, who capitalized on two more Swiss penalties maling the score 9-5 with 5 minutes left in the half. Depsite a yellow card to the Netherlands' Number 8 Kevin Krieger at the 35th minute, it was the hosts who were to close out the scoring with a converted try by winger Siem Noorman at the 37th minute, sending the teams into the sheds at 16-5.
The second half started in similar style, and again it was the hosts who got over the line after 10 minutes of play, with freshly substituted Center Storm Carroll touching down for a score of 21-5. In the next stanza, the Swiss got their footing back and were rewarded with a nice try by winger Luca Heinrich at the 57th minute, converted by Simon Perrod. The score: 21-12 with just over 20 minutes left to play. In the last quarter of the match, the Dutch penalty troubles continued, and they were down to 14 men again when Kieran Hogg was sent to the sin bin at the 64th minute. Again it was Simon Perrod who capitalized on the subsequent penalty, adding 2 points for a score of 21-15. However, the Oranje were not to be held off for long. As soon as they were back to full strength, they scored two more tries and one more penalty kick to close out the remaining quarter of the match, for a final score of 36-15.
With this loss, Switzerland is now one and one in the European Trophy (one win v Czech Republic and one loss v The Netherlands). However, given the other teams scores, the Edelweiss is all but safe from relegation, heading into the 2nd half of the season, where they will face Portugal and Lithuania at home and Poland away.
16/03/2019 - Switzerland v Portugal in Nyon (SUI)
23/03/2019 - Poland v Switzerland in Poland
13/04/2019 - Switzerland v Lithuania in Schaffhausen (SUI)
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