TRAINING: Tuesday: 1XV 19.30-21.00, 2XV 18.00-19.30, Ladies XV 18.30-20.00 // Thursday: 1XV 19.30-21.00, 2XV 19.30-21.00, Ladies XV 19.00-20.30

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Match report 1XV vs. RSRC

Sunday 24 November, Palenpadje

After a sore loss against the civilians of Obelix that was, typically for the Dutch competition, dictated by a delusional referee, we were looking for redemption in the only student match up of this season.  With a 9th position in the table and just 6 points behind the number 6 in the table we were looking for a win to be able to get to the top 6. As Rotterdam Students was the opponent and the number 6 in the table, we were in a perfect position to reinstate our position in the top 6.

The Sunday started great. With the likes of Ruben, Bram, Nonkel and Kyle coming back as reinforcements and an unusual long warm-up, we already creeped into the minds of RSRC. A tactical delay of the game with the post and flag setup got the Rotterdam Fly-half immediately out his comfort zone with the kick off. Most of you would not know this term but he hooked the ball meaning that he didn't hit it on the sweet spot but more inside of his foot resulting into a curved, shorter kick. Kyle was paying attention and caught this ball without it making the 10-meter mark.  He immediately broke two tackle and together with the Spanish bull Alvaro aimed for the try line. As their fullback got a good field position, Kyle placed the perfect grubber kick in to get Alvaro untouched under the post, 7-0. After this the game really started off. A tug of war began between to teams with a totally different style of play. They were looking to play from side to side without any real structure and we were playing our structured game get them sucked into the middle of the field and then killing them outside. We almost got the second score in after Rotterdam got a yellow card for a high tackle. Unfortunately, our line-out was for the first time this season under a lot of pressure. This gave them multiple times the opportunity to nullify our danger. As we were blessed this week with a good ref, some penalties were also given against us. Rotterdam had a specialist for this task, a prop that almost made it to professional football. He scored a 40-meter penalty resulting in a 7-3 score. Of course, some penalties came in our favour and luckily one was converted by our fly-half making is again a 7-point game. As we were dominating most of the open play again, we got close to the line multiple times. Dan got held up after great orange and Philip actually scored after a typical Fijian wing pick and go. This score unfortunately was refused as Rotterdam got a hand underneath the ball afterwards and the ref missed the grounding (probably his only mistake this game)..port: If you do not score after many attempts then the other team will. Just before half time Rotterdam caught us napping when trying to shift our defence and some good hands got them their first try. With a 10-10 score we went into half time.

The second half was even tighter then the first half. Most of the minutes were played in between both 22 meters as errors were forced and mistakes were made. The game shifted multiple times from one side to another within seconds. We weren't lucky in our search for another try. Rotterdam on the other side took its chances and scored another two penalties, 10-16. After some injuries and the toughness of the game, fatigue started creeping in like a girl/guy at the pillars of Minerva or with a salad/hairdresser (kapsalon) in the downtown waiting for a moment of weakness of her/his pray. The fitness exercises of the last months started to throw off their fruits and we started to get the upper hand again. A simple penalty in front of the post looked to be igniting our diesel motor but this was missed by our fly half. Rotterdam felt that this was their moment to strike. After a few phases, we were penalized within striking range for their kicker, they tried to seal the game, but luck was on our side as he missed for the first time this game. This did ignite our motor and for the first time this game everyone was 100% focussed and we played probably the best five minutes of this season. Zero mistakes from our side and merciless tactical play led to a perfect pasta ball and as cherry on the cake did it end with a perfect offload from our Amazonian Omnivore full-back Guus to Personal Trainer Sebash who scored. The score needed to be converted for the win and although the angle was tough (approximately 8 meters from the side-line) our fly-half kept his composure and converted the try resulting in a 17-16 win for the LSRG!

I'm really proud of everybody this game! There were almost no missed tackles, great phase play and especially unbelievable determination from everyone. The last minutes were perfect and if we can keep that composure in attack for the rest of the season then we will easily make top 6 and a get high standing in that table. What is also great to mention is to see all the new guys stepping up to their task and putting in the effort, especially in defence. This is what won us the game. Let's take this into the game against Breda and again show them at their turf what we are made of!

Always drifting,

Maurits

Ladies XV vs. RC Wageningen

After quite a long car ride we arrived in sunny Wageningen for our first match of the
promotion poule. We were very determined to win this match because that would bring us
one step closer to reaching the second division!

A nice and long warming-up got us ready for the game. Unfortunately we were with only 15
girls against 19 from R.C. Wageningen.
There were also some last-minute changes in the line-up, which meant for some girls a
position on which they had never played before.
But nevertheless, we had a positive attitude.

We all played very well. Our defence was strong, our scrums were fantastic and our rucks,
on which we trained so hard, were great.
Yvonne scored the first try, Jan the second and Zoë the third. All three with conversion.
Everyone played amazing, especially our Woman of the match Miriam. It was her first time
playing on 8 and she did great. She was very sharp during defence and attacking.
Our Vajayjay of the day was Myrthe. She was 5 minutes late because she forgot her sliding
pants and therefor went to the Hema to buy corrective underwear as a replacement.


Score: 0 - 21

2XV vs. Batavieren

LSRG 2XV vs CL Batavieren 38-24

Right from the moment we assembled at the familiar coffeeshop behind the train station, it was clear: the alcohol consumed the night before had done its job. The twitching eyes, still adjusting to the sunlight, were omnipresent. And after some much needed coffee, Coach Steve was finally able to get in his car and drive the boys safely to Gouda. Because Gouda was the chosen battleground where the fearsome Skyblue and Maroon streepjes would have to fight for their first Win of the season!

Not rattled by the appearance of traffic controllers near the pitch, nor the annoying sound of someone shouting in a microphone nor the late arrival of the referee, we started all looking sharp! But appearances can be deceiving. It actually appeared to be our worst first 20 minutes of the season. The combination team of not less than 4 clubs, with a total of 30 players, were steamrolling us. Tackle after tackle we missed. Mistakes (read: kicks) were made. And apart from 2 or 3 players, the team on the field consisted of wet noodles, floppy cocks and football players. This all resulted in 3 tries and a score of 17-0.

The level of play we showed was far below our potential. This realisation came when Taxi Chris ran on the field. His immediate impact by tackling and running with the ball, gave us all the signal we were waiting for. Jord was able to direct the forwards and the backs in place and everybody started playing better. And it didn’t take long for Blitzkrieg to again amaze us with his strength and persistence. In true German fashion he broke through the Dutch waterlinie and pressed the Oval down after some good structural play by the whole team. And after that great try, Bart upheld his promise by also scoring before halftime. The score was looking bearable: 17-14

Some changes were made. This was a special moment for we welcomed Bram back on the field, proudly wearing the jersey once more. Right from the start, both teams realised they could snatch the victory by being more physical than the opponent. The Batavieren, having 15 spare men, knew they had some cannon fodder to feed us with and so they did. But one after the other had to be subsistuted and we held our ground, although not without taking some casualties ourselves. In this period we scored twice and they scores once. Score was now leveled at 24-24. With still 20 minutes on the clock.

This was where the game got really intense. The flow of the game went up and down with both sides having chances to score, but neither did. Only 5 minutes before the end of the game, Jillis managed to score. It was a sense of excitement we hadn’t felt this season yet: we were up 7 points, just a couple of plays away from winning our first match! However, the tired old men still not gave up. And with a tremendous effort on our 5 meter line, we held them back. It was pure force of will and proper tackling technique that gave us the edge in the end. The cherry on top was the finishing blow by Bram, intercepting a telegraphed pass and scoring the final try at last play.

“Ein Knock-on zu machen ist unwichtig, aber ohne Leidenschaft zu spielen ist unverzeihlich!” The game is summed up in this quote by Ludwig von Beethoven. You are all improving and growing stronger rapidly each week and this game it all came together. But, were it not for your true passion, we definitely would have lost.

Looking ahead, in one week we are facing our archnemesis: DSR-C. And having seen our level of play last Sunday on the infamous Field of Gouda, I’m looking forward to meeting them on our battleground of choice: het Palendpadje.

Man of the Match: Victor. He showed us that if you want to win, you must play for 80 minutes, not 60. One of the only players who was tackling right from the start.
Dick of the Day: Bart, you’re of forward, behave like one and stop kicking.

Big Steven

Match report Ladies XV vs. Oemoemenoe

Afgelopen Super Sunday speelde de LSRG dames tegen Oemoemenoe. Voor zowel LSRG als Oemoemenoe was het een zeer spannende wedstrijd. Hij zou namelijk bepalend zijn voor wie er wel of niet in de Trophy Poule zou komen.

De Zeeuwse rugbysters konden moeilijk uit de voeten op het Palenpadje en keken na tien minuten al tegen een 12-0 achterstand aan.

Er was een zware Zeeuwse scrum, maar met nieuwe krachten van Mirjam en Roos werd er zeer goed weerstand gegeven en soms zelfs overgenomen. De Zeeuwse dames waren erg snel en sterk bij de rucks. Gelukkig hadden de LSRG dames daar goed op getraind afgelopen twee weken.

Nog voor de rust voerden de LSRG dames de score op naar 38-0, waarmee het duel eigenlijk al beslist was.

Oemoemenoe kon onze snelle handje niet aan, in de tweede helft wist Oemoemenoe echter wel de eer te redden met een try en een conversie in de laatste paar minuten.

LSRG won uiteindelijk met 62-7. De overwinning was echt een teamprestatie met de try saving tackle van Claire, de zeer sterke verdediging van het hele team en de trys van Zoë, Claire, Mirthe, Tamar, Yvonne, Mirella en Henrieke.

Met deze overwinning is LSRG er in geslaagd om de Trophy Poule van de derde klasse te bereiken. De vrouwen van Oemoemenoe zijn er niet in geslaagd om de Trophy Poule van de derde klasse te bereiken.

Woman of the match: Jan

Match report 1XV vs. RC The Hookers

Sunday 3 November, Palenpadje

After the painful loss against Tovaal the week before, the LSRG was looking for redemption against the Hookers II. The team at the bottom of league had some fluctuating results so we expected a tough match up front. As the ereklasse teams all had planned vacation due to international tests matches, this expectation was only strengthened.

During the second team training, the hookers arrived at the Palenpadje. Multiple players were recognised, and our theory was confirmed that team they got some reinforcements. They were allowed to have a few in their team so we had let it pass and went on with our preparations for the game. The game started off as always. We receive the ball, make an early error and start defending. This immediately led to some pressure and in an early try for the Hookers. Immediately was noticed that something was wrong. The skill of the hands during that try couldn't be from a team that was dead last in the competition. Nevertheless, we were still better than them in the pack and started off again with Hent leading the way with some line breaks. An early penalty gave us the opportunity to get back in the game. Still they had the upper hand in the backs and with some of their good players in the forwards. Our well-known omnivore fullback, recently returned from a journey through coca plantations, luckily was still feeling the effects of this trip as he saved us from at least three tries. The diesel engine started to run but after some silly penalties they increased their lead through some good penalty kicks. Still we were not giving up the fight. The game spiced up and they were penalised after a shoulder charge. This gave us the perfect opportunity as the always running line-out gave the backs some good ball and a perfectly executed move got our first try on the board. Unlucky as we always are, a loose ball was picked by a player holding the title of national champion rugby and went 60 meters for a try in the corner. 10-25 as we went into the changing room.

The second half was sparked with a brilliant speech and move by our coaching duo and we started of firing. We felt that we were overpowering them in the pack and started to outplay them. A barnstorming run by Ruben got us underneath the posts and another one from Dan got us within a point difference. The return of Big Flip and Walenkast got us even more momentum. The game was up for grabs and they could handle our power anymore. A well seen but poorly executed tap and go in front of the posts costed us an easy three points but this didn't matter as we got another opportunity a few minutes later. This chance was converted into three points and got us in the lead for the first time this game. The Hookers didn't give up though. The game went back and forth, and the pressure was getting high. A clearance kick was chased by our Serotonin overflowing, Belgium winger who got the luck of the bounce and went for the try line. He was just tackled a few meters short of the tryline and quick ruck let Dirk score with only minutes to go in the game. The Hookers immediately made some substitution to spark their last minutes. This effort was only in vain as we dealt with the pressure and in the last moment of the game even dragged one of their best players for at least 6 meters in the air into touch ending the game. 36-25!

Again, work rate is the keyword for this win. We fully took advantages from our strengths and were conservative though clinical with our opportunities. If we tackle like the second half, we will not get any tries against us. Everyone did their job this weekend and played their heart out! I'm very proud that we pulled together in the second half.

Always drifting,

Maurits

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