MATCH REPORT

RK03 Berlin 19 - 15 SG Berlin Irish / Trebbin

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Narrow Defeat Away to Leaders

Rugby Klub 03 Berlin 19 - 15 SG Berlin Irish RFC / Rugby Club Trebbin

The lads slipped to a narrow defeat away at leaders RK03, but thanks to a late rally were able to come away with a losing bonus point.

The first half opened with the Irish pinned back in their own 22, but defending well. Clearance kicks were run back well by RK, but a strong Defence with good line speed left RK taking just 3 points from the first 20 minutes of pressure - kicking a simple penalty in front of the posts.

From the restart the Irish pushed on and caused problems, working their way steadily to within 5 meters of the RK tryline. A 5m penalty lead to a knock on before a 3 man overlap could be used and some good clearance kicks from the opposition brought them back in range after more ruck ill-discipline, 6-0 to the hosts after 30 mins.

An excellent Irish Drive by the Forwards was then rewarded as first McGee, Opar and Ewen came up just short of the line. And with the opposition Defence stretched Kuehnemann crashed over directly under the posts, which Büttinger converted on the stroke of half-time

HT: RK03 6 - 7 Irish / Trebbin

The SG started the second half by putting the hosts under extreme pressure, good hands from the centers and a penalty for a high tackle let Büttinger slot another penalty to stretch the lead to 6-10.

2 injuries to the Irish (Large - back and Viehoff - Arm) broke the game up and after a lengthy break it was RK who repeatedly were able to make ground and gain reward, kicking two more penalties. Furthermore RK were able to capitalize on 2 yellow cards for the Irish to break through and add a converted try to their total on 60 minutes, leaving the score 19-10.

Within minutes the situation had flipped, with the SG back to 15, now it was the hosts turn to lose players to a yellow as they started to struggle with the intensity of the SG attack. With just 5 minutes remaining number 8 Ewen sliced his way through the tired Defence from a scrum-pick-up. The conversion missed: 19-15

With mere seconds remaining a loose ball was grubbered through to the RK 5 meters and then carried back and grounded to give an Irish scrum. Unfortunately at this vital moment and with an improvised front 5 the SG were unable to make the pressure count, collapsing to give an RK penalty.

This was kicked to touch and from the resulting line out the ball was kicked dead to finish the game.

FT: RK03 19 - 15 SG Berlin Irish / Rugby Club Trebbin

Man of the Match: Rob Carr

Thanks to our hosts RK03 for a brilliant game, we can’t wait for the rematch next year!

Thanks also to all our fans, supporters and our sponsors:

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Team: Carr, Buttinger, Baber (Marquez), Viehoff (c) (Daubney), Martin, Ciocca, Paterson, McGee (O’Mahony), Partzsch (Cox), Boden, Large (Ahmetovic), Opar, Duggan (Di Rienzo), Lovett (Kuehnemann), Ewen

Yellow: Kuehnemann, Opar

Tries: Kuehnemann, Ewen

Conversions: Buttinger

Penalties: Buttinger