L.S.R.G. 2XV vs. DIOK 4 Amigos
It’s been almost a year since the Second XV last played at our beloved Palenpadje and it was great to celebrate our return with a derby against the Amigos of DIOK 4 on super Sunday. After a tough first match of the season at Rotterdam last week we saw that there was plenty for our players to work on, but the energy was there at practice and we had the numbers as well.
Torn from our warm beds far too early by an overly enthusiastic Hein who thought we needed to show up almost 2 hours before kickoff, the young dogs set up the field for a great day of rugby. Sadly, our Coach Merlijn couldn’t be there, but we were left in the very capable hands of Maupi en Bram.
The first half was a tough battle, and the first 20 minutes were mostly played within our 22 and on defense. The old men of DIOK still had the energy and this combined with their experience meant that they quickly managed to score two tries and one conversion. Soon after Dilano took a big hit and went to the side as well as Luuk Soleil who took a hit to the neck. Approaching half time DIOK started to lose some steam, and thanks to some massive tackles from Louwke on defence they only manage to score once more before the whistle. Score 0 - 19
The second half started roughly the same way with another try from DIOK, though the Amigos had also lost a few players to injuries and other issues, and soon the game started turning around. 10 minutes into the second half Mees received the ball out wide and was left with an open field to run in his first try. Shortly after, DIOK countered with one of their own, but they could not capitalize on several opportunities to score more. The gaps in the DIOK defensive line were getting bigger and Lucas managed to break through and get the ball to Luuk Soleil who had decided he was fine and showed it by pressing our second try. Everyone was tired by now, but they all showed great character and heart and kept pushing, and with a few minutes to go, the duo of Lucas and Luuk Soleil managed to break through again and scored. It seemed like the LSRG was on its way with a comeback with everything falling into place, but sadly it wasn’t to be. The ref’s whistle signaled the end of the game with a score of 17 – 29 in favor of DIOK.
Though we had lost, we once again saw great things in a team where nearly half the players had not yet played more than one match. For his hard work, great tackles and two line breaks that led to tries the man of the match was Lucas.
With a week off for 3 October we now have two weeks to work hard and learn from this match, lets see if we can get our first win!