Berlin Irish 11 – 29 Berliner Rugby Club III
Spirited Irish Performance in Defeat to BRC III
A much improved organisation and defence weren't enough to secure points for the Irish on a beautiful day at the Sportplatz Forckenbeckstraße. Unlike the previous meeting (a 123–0 romp for BRC) the game was fairly even and showed the enormous progress the team have made over the summer break.
The first half started with the Irish in control of the ball for long periods, but failed to convert the pressure into points. First a missed penalty kick and then a held up tap go resulted in no gains for the Irish, who finally settled for 3 points with a simple kick at goal for Fullback Allan on the 15-minute mark after exerting pressure for lengthy periods.
BRC replied immediately from the kick-off, forcing a turn-over and counter attacking the disorganised Irish along the left wing to dot down to make the score 3–5.
The Irish built up pressure again, and despite the makeshift nature of the Forward pack, the set pieces generally provided a solid platform to build from. A 3 phase spread and blind side reverse saw good carries from Beythien, Benelli and then Monroy being finished off in the corner by Scrum-half Paterson to put the Irish 8–5 ahead after 30 min.
Just before half time the BRC were able to capitalise on two yellows in quick succession and found space again to work around the Irish line and score a good try in the corner to take the lead again at half-time.
HT: Irish 8 – BRC 12
The second half saw BRC build pressure from kickoff immediately, with Irish still at 14 men, a knock on advantage saw BRC play up to the Irish line, but not able to force a break through, being repeatedly forced back by dogged Irish tackles and closed down well in the midfield as they sought to spread the ball wide. Unfortunately after 5 minutes of sustained pressure, an Irish clearing kick was returned immediately by the still lively BRC wings to score again and take the BRC more than a converted score ahead.
Now Irish ill discipline started to tell, with a number of Ruck and Tackle infringements leading to two further yellow cards, and BRC were able to find more and more opportunities. Whilst Irish were able to work another penalty which Allan converted well, the fitness from BRC was impressive, and they pulled away eventually to an 18 point victory.
FT: Berlin Irish RFC 11 – 29 Berliner Rugby-Club III
Irish Player/Coach Seb Nieveler:
“Yeah, fantastic to get on the pitch and play with smiles on our faces, and I think we all recognise that that was a big step up for us in terms of standards. I thought the whole squad did well from 1-22 and the debutants fitted into the new system really well.”
“Obviously it's not a win, and we've got plenty of takeaways to work on in training, but it's still a good sign that we are moving in the right direction, and we're really looking forward to the upcoming games against Berliner Sport Club Rugby and Sport Club Siemensstadt Rugby.”
Penalties: Allan ×2
Man of the Match: Allan
Team: Allan, Verso, Daubney, Rohrbach, Monroy, Nieveler (c), Paterson, McGee, Cugota, Benelli, James, Beythien, Detomaso, Yeates, Gomez, Turner, Lenzing, Conradi, Pietzker, Allyn, Naisoro.
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