Sport-Union Neckarsulm loses 0h40 at the start of the second half of the season

Yannik Kies (on the ball) also couldn’t make his way through the last line of defence. Photo: Shepherd, Mario

With the home game against RFC Munich, the second division team from Neckarsulm actually wanted to announce the end of the winter break. But it returned on Saturday with sleet and freezing zero degrees Celsius. However, adverse circumstances were not responsible for the clear 0:40 loss to the promotion contender. On the contrary, the quality of the guests and the lack of ten players were decisive.

Eight players were absent due to the date of the match

In fact, the start of the second half of the season should have taken place last weekend at 15 spring degrees against StuSta Munich, but the guests had to cancel the game at short notice due to corona. As last Saturday was not initially scheduled as a match day, coach Daniel Ludik alone was missing eight players. Two more due to a positive corona test. “It’s still our place and so far no team has been able to beat us here this season,” said his team’s coach before the start of the match.

In the first 20 minutes, the Neckarsulmer showed the guests that they won’t score easy points here. Superior in all aspects of the game and almost constantly in possession of the ball, they repeatedly battled just past the opposing in-goal. However, small mistakes in this phase have always prevented valuable points from being scored.

In the second part of the first half, both teams played fairly evenly, but Munich’s more experienced players increasingly exploited weaknesses in the Unterland defense and made three attempts before the half time.

Change due to injury

Sport-Union Neckrsulm loses 0h40 at the start of the second half of the season

The Neckarsulmers around Christian Siemens (right) and Freddy Austin (above) were on par with the guests despite the clear defeat. Photos: Mario Berger Photo: Berger, Mario

In the second half, Liam McAree had to leave the field with a back problem. Until then, the guests could hardly stop the inside three-quarter with its strong offensive runs. The debutant Erasmus Herbey came to replace him and played a good game.

At the start of the second half it was again a hard fought game, but again Neckarsulm could not take advantage of his chances and the players were getting more and more tired. Especially in the back team, the use of sometimes very inexperienced players repeatedly made mistakes in the defense, which the fierce storm had to compensate. But the lowlands around new playmaker Harry Tanner and especially the eight forwards, who all played the full 80 minutes, showed courage until the final whistle and tirelessly tried to break through the Munich defence.

Coach Ludik is proud of his team

But until the end, the hosts counted nothing on the scoreboard. “Even if the result does not look good, I am very proud of the performance. Many had to play in an unknown position today”, drew a positive assessment of Ludik. “We have to work hard this week to get an important victory in Augsburg next Saturday.”

No international match on April 16 in Neckarsulm

It was predictable, now it’s official: The planned international match of the 15-man national team on April 16 at the Pichterich Stadium in Neckarsulm against Ukraine will not take place. European Rugby Union scored the Trophy game 28-0 for Germany. “Of course it’s unfortunate, but the German Rugby Federation assured us that we were top of the list for an international match in the autumn,” said Sport-Union board member Sven Neubert. Neckarsulm. National coach Mark Kuhlmann also regrets the cancellation, but stresses: “There is war in Ukraine. I don’t want to imagine what Ukrainian players are going through right now.” Second in the standings, his team is about to enter the rugby championship.

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