Switzerland outclassed by Portugal, U18s with narrow loss to Czech Republic
Switzerland 14 - 48 Portugal; U18 Switzerland 18 - 24 U18 Czech Republic
Nyon, 16.03.2019 – On a remarkably splendid spring afternoon in Nyon, the numerous home crowd experienced the first double defeat at home in Swiss Rugby History.
Switzerland lost its Rugby Europe Trophy Match to first-ranked Portugal 14 to 48. Despite Switzerland being first on the scoreboard with a penalty slotted by Simon Perrod in the 4th minute, they quickly got themselves into trouble with a yellow card caused by the ill discipline of center Julien Perruchoud. During the 10 minutes of Swiss numerical inferiority, Portugal got over the try line three times thanks to speedy individual efforts and skills by Antonio Monteiro, Rodrigo Marta, and Jacques Le Roux. A last try by Jorge Abecassis in the dying minute of the half brought the score to 6-27 for the break (Swiss Penalty at the 30th minute by Simon Perrod).
The 2nd half started just like the first one left off: after another Simon Perrod penalty (9-27, at the 41st minute), it was the Portuguese who scored their next try thanks to the speed of winger Rodrigo Marta (9-39, 44th minute). A reaction of pride allowed the Swiss to reduce the deficit to 14-34 through a try by Lucas Heinrich. Despite the positive turn, the opponent proved too powerful and Os Lobos (the Wolfes) scored 2 more tries through Manuel Marta (14-41, 67th minute) and Baptista Vasco (14-48, 69th minute). Today’s challenge proved too great for the Swiss Team.
In the curtain-raiser, the Swiss U18s faced off against their Czech counterparts in a test match. Facing a formidable opponent, the young Swiss played with great courage. In a competitive and interesting match, Switzerland scored 2 tries, to the Czech Republic’s 3. Final score: 18-24.
The Swiss Senior team’s next Rugby Europe Trophy Matches:
Poland – Switzerland, 23.03.2019 in Lodz (POL)
Switzerland – Lithuania, 13.04.2019 in Schaffhausen (SUI)
The Swiss Rugby Union would like to thank RC Nyon, the UEFA, and the city of Nyon.
Find the Match sheets in pdf form below.
Relive the Matches videos here:
Switzerland U18 - Czech Republic U18
Switzerland - Portugal
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