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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1XV vs. Obelix

Sunday 12 January '20

The first game of 2020 was scheduled and the first opponent of the second phase of the competition was Obelix. Fat farmers away from home again. The opportunity to start the year of good, putting our new year resolutions to test. Even with the injury count within the double digits a great team was put on the field to assure our win.

We didn't start the way we should. Two cars were delayed by logistical problems and one to help a family in need. The warm-up was short but nevertheless were eyes and minds pointing the same way: Defeat Obelix. We started good. Great kick-off by our Moroccan scrum half and a perfect chase got us immediately in possession of the ball in their half. The tone was set. However, the conditions were bad and we still needed to get rid of the rust obtained during the Christmas break. Result: Scrums Yeey. As this was our downfall the last game, we were well prepared and gave a great battle to maybe the strongest scrum in our league. After at least 5 scrums in the first 10 minutes and a lot of defending we started to slack a bit in defence. Obelix, that played good rugby, probably for the first times since I've played them (ca 5 years), made good use of their strengths and smashed with their big guys, kicked ok and were strong in the breakdown. This got us pinned in our own half and after a sacked maul, a few pick and go's got them their first score. As we normally start with a score against to wake us up, we immediately got in their half and we were pushing for a score. Nevertheless, luck wasn't on our side as an intentional knock on wasn't seen and we were pushed back into our half. We didn't give up and a tug of war began resulting in a lot of forced errors from both sides. This started to take their toll as we gave a lot of effort into maintaining the scrum. This started to take its toll. We were getting tired and they kept the pressure in the scrum and in field with short hard lines. This resulted in one more score in the first half.

The second half started with good intentions. Subs were brought on the field with a clear plan to get back in this half. Within two minutes we were underneath our posts waiting for the kick. After we didn't could the kick off the ball dropped out of bounce leaving us with a line out in our own 22. After this was not well executed the ball ended up in the hands of a prop on the run resulting in the score. Nevertheless, we felt that we could get back into this game and started with Bart aka BorrelBogaers famous words echoing through our minds as a small flashback: ITS zero-zero again boiiis. We started playing again and we started to make our presence known on the field. Big hits from Sjoerd, Dan and Alvarito got us some mental wins in the game. After finally playing multiple phases without any mistakes Sander got our zero off the scoreboard. This got our hopes up but as we weren't lucky in the finishing they got back into the game. Another two scores came from an unlucky bounce and a good offload game settled the score at 36-7 in Obelix favour.

Although the loss, I feel that again we again got a lot of great things to look back to. Yes we weren't coming of the defensive line as a whole group and yes we made some errors. But, we again didn't gave up and a lot of new guys stepped up to the plate and put in big hits and effort to make sure that we didn't gave it away. I'm again proud of our efforts and after we lost the rust in this week training, I'm sure that we will have a great game against Bekaro on our home turf.  

Always drifting,

Maurits aka Aziz, the Moroccan, Muppy and Mopey

Ladies XV vs. Domcity Mokum

Leiden, 12-01-2020

Last Sunday our ladies played a match against Domcity Mokum, the number two in the promotion league. In the pre-match pep talk, our captain Arie told us that there were three uncertainties for this game: the weather, our new line-up and our opponent. The weather: it was cold, rainy and quite windy. The line-up: we had new players on the pitch (shout out to Federica who made her amazing debut on the second row) and players on new positions. And lastly, our opponent: we had never played against Domcity Mokum before and had no idea what to expect. The only thing we had control over was ourselves, our teamwork and our motivation to win this match and remain number one in the promotion league. This realisation calmed our nerves against our unknown opponent somewhat and after the first try made by Zoë, we were on a roll. We were able to find the gaps in their defence line easily due to Domcity Mokum's buffalo-like tendencies of migrating en masse to one side of the pitch only to have us throw the ball to the other side. Our attack and defence systems were strong which resulted in us mostly playing on their half of the pitch. The Domcity Mokum ladies soon became tired, they suffered several injuries and wanted to play a shorter second half, as they were no match against our fast and fit LSRG ladies. We could have been faster in the counter ruck, but our tackles were low and coordinated, we countered their attacking pods well, and we worked together as a team. Each try was truly a team effort and with an end score of 77-0, we remain number one in the promotion league with still nil try's against. 

Woman of the Match: Marie

Vajayjay of the day: Marthe 

2XV vs. Delft Combinatie

12-01-2020,
Leiden

What a win! No intro necessary. This game was great.

Before Sunday things were still looking a little bit bleek though. We were missing a couple of players in key positions. In the Centers we had to innovate and experiment. And at Scrum Half we had a man playing only his second game. Fortunately there were also some positives. We had a strong pack with lots of second rowers and flankers. For us these guys are starting to be the backbone of our squad. And to think we were not even at full strength is a good sign for the future of the team.

Out of Bicycle Repair Land some alarming messages came on Sunday morning. They would not have a full team to play against us. This resulted in only 11 players showing up at ‘t Palenpadje. Credit to them for not opting the easy way out but coming to Leiden anyways! Props to you, Delft!

Although strictly speaking the win was already in the pocket, everyone was in for a nice 80 minutes of smashing Duften. Furthermore we couldn’t let our Man of the Hour, the Belgian Referee and interior cellar designer, Laurent a.k.a. Chouffe, down since he came driving all the way to Leiden just to help us out while we were in a pinch. He was a bit late, but many thanks for showing what ‘t Gevoeltje means!

30 minutes later than planned we finally kicked off. And immediately we turned on the screws. Tries were flying in left and right in the first half. The effort was spread between the forwards and the backs and under the command of Wockers people were performing quite well. It has to be said that most of our plays came from strong individual runs. Personally I’m very happen to see this. Guys like Tim, Harry and Bart are great ball carriers who always run with the intention of going over the gainline and not going down by the first tackler.

Also the support play was decent enough for this game, but we need to step it up for the next few games if want to keep winning. And this has everything to do with the structure of the team. It is easy to understand why the structure was lacking this game: Lot’s of players on new positions. And the first game after a break of almost a month. But still committing enough but not too many players to a ruck for instance is one thing we can focus on. This and more we will work on for the next couple of months.

And now some highlights of the match: Taxi Chris set a record for most Tries in a Game with 4! Andrelon will run his Zumba for Leiden and for Delft after just one game. Bart went down right before the tryline after getting patted on the back. Huntelaar and Yulian played their first match! Costa tackled Tim while he was going into Worp speed, hurt his head, went back in and finished the half playing for Delft!

Last thing I want to mention is great rugby spirit you guys showed on Sunday. When Delft arrived with just 11, some of you showed great heart and played a half for Delft. So Costa, Huntelaar, Yulian, Koen, Andrelon and Hidde, thanks for that! It is very much appreciated.

Man of the Match: Wouter. A great revelation in our time of need. Did everything you want from Scrummie: Communicate, solid pass, make tackles, be annoying. And all in his second ever game. Good job!

Dick of the Day: Your Coach. He was late for the Ladies game, missed their first try and let his players play for Delft. What a disgrace of a coach. Smh.

 

Big Steven

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2XV vs. Rotterdam Student RC

The end of the first half of the season was upon us. One final game before the winter break to set a result and to make sure we end up higher in the standings than last place. Of the past 7 games we won only one, but a couple of games were very close. The consensus is that we could have won more and we were ready to show that we could beat our last opponent: the Rotterdam Students. 

These guys are a team that resembles us a lot. It's a team with lots of new and some more experienced players. Unlike us they won two matches before the game started and they were 5 points above us in the standings. We knew that if won with a bonus point and we could deny them a single point, we would end up with an equal amount of points. And since our point balance was much better, there was the potential to end up in 7th place! 

With this knowledge in the back of our heads, we were as sharp a knife from the start of the game. The defense was really tight. When Rotterdam was in possession of the ball, a lot of pressure was applied. Not just the ball carrier was pressured but the whole defensive line went up in one line. This gave them a lot of problems. One, they hardly made any metres when carrying the ball. Second, they made quite a lot of handling errors. This resulted in territory gained by us with them still holding the ball. Or it was our ball to put in the scrum. 

The scrum this Sunday worked really well. Even though we had a new second rower and a winger on 8, we managed to keep all of our own ball and even disrupt their scrum as well. The strong scrum, the pressure in defense and the good kicking by Jillis, made sure that in the first half we had nothing to fear of Rotterdam. And when we shifted to offense, the job was done even better than in the defense. Jord had great control of the game and he was able to put his centers in good positions. Jillis was the first to profit from this and scored the first of his two tries. And the floodgates opened after his try. Three more tries were scored, which should have been four, were it not for Andrelon nominating himself for Dick of the Day by dropping the ball in the try area. Better luck next time, buddy. 

The start of the second half began where we left off. We quickly scored two more tries, giving us a 6 to 0 tries lead. Mission accomplished, you would say. But the red and green piggies didn't agree. While we let our guard down, they became more aggressive. The defense slacked a bit and in 10 minutes we assembled three times underneath the posts. Luckily for us, Mikey and Hidde fired us up. The whole team found the fifth gear again and although it being a really exciting game till they end, zero tries were given to Rotterdam and we snuck in one more. 

Some memorable moments were Matthijs Russ scoring his first try and it being disallowed. Our first row scoring five times! Costa filling the second row spot and doing excellent. And a special mention to the smallest guys on the field, Hein and Wockers, both making some heroic tackles. Great to see and it promises a lot for the upcoming months!

Man of the Match: Eduardo. A winger playing 8, first row and scoring twice! Amazing performance and great attitude towards the team.

Dick of the Day: Andrelon. The run that got him there was epic. His blazing speed left everyone breathless, including himself. Just don't ever drop the ball again. 

Your Coach

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