Rugby Klub Bratislava vs Rugby Club Piestany - Slovak league
Rugby Klub Bratislava vs Rugby Club Piestany – Slovak league

SK version (English version follows)

V nedeľu sme boli privítaný Rugby Union Piešťany, aby sme si s nimi zahrali na ich krásnom domácom ihrisku. V dôsledku nadpriemerných očakávaní v kombinácii s chýbajúcimi hráčmi sa oba tímy vzájomne dohodli, že budú hrať dve polovice pozostávajúce z 30 minút s obvyklým 10 minútovým intervalom v polčase.

Očakávali sme, že budeme mať plnú silu v počte hráčov, no v hodine dvanástej sa ani našim členom podpory nepodarilo ukázať. To bolo naozaj škoda a kvôli tomu bolo RKB nútené hrať 11 proti 12. Domáci tréner odmietol fair play a nedorovnal počet hráčov na 11. Typický slabý prístup výhry zápasu za každú cenu je skôr výnimkou ako pravidlom a je v rozpore s duchom rugby.

Kick-off bol o 14:00 a kvôli nedostatku hráčov na oboch stranách bolo od začiatku zrejmé, že sa bude veľa bežať, s obvyklým využívaným rojníkov pre získanie územia a v každej akci použitie centrov a krídelníkov na využitie celej šírky ihriska.

Bol to príbeh dvoch polčasov, pričom RKB úplne dominoval prvému bodovanému skóre (3 päťky) a morálka bola vysoká, ale bolo zrejmé, že výdrž hráčov bola testovaná na hranicu ich schopností kvôli vysokým teplotám a vo zvýšenej obrane..

Obranná línia bola silná aj s menším počtom hráčov na ihrisku, ale v priebehu druhej polovice sme stratili našu výdrž a naši protivníci dokázali prekonať našu obranu v útoku a v druhom polčase nás prekonali v skóre.

Jedna žltá karta bola daná za “high tackle” z Piešťan, rovnako ako vlna po vlnách konzistentných porušení okolo oblasti ruck a maul. Piešťany mali šťastie na takéto víťazstvo.

Ako zvyčajne, pohostinnosť, ktorú nám venoval Piešťanský tím, bola nad normou a sme všetci za ňu vďační.


ENG version

On Sunday we were welcomed by Rugby Union Pieštany to play against them at their beautiful home pitch. Due to temperatures again exceeding normal expectations and coupled with some last minute withdrawals it was mutually agreed to play 2 halves consisting for 30 minutes with the usual 10 minute interval at half time.

We were expecting to be at full strength bolstered by numbers from local sides but, unfortunately with reliability the way it is in these parts, we were let down at the 12th hour as our support members failed to show. This was indeed a shame and due to this RKB was forced to play 11 vs 12 for the lion’s share of the match with the home coach refusing to equalise numbers to make the contest fair – typical poor sportsmanship ‘to win at all cost’ mentality which unfortunately is more the rule rather than the exception and goes against the very spirit of rugby.

The Squad was as follows:

  • Forwards: Landro, Porcaro, Sadcikov, Paquier, Camacho
  • Backs: Cimetiere, Clarke (C), Washington, Kompas, Surgos, Renard
  • Trainer: Hyatt-Khan

Line-up:

line_up_27_5_2018

Kick-off was at 14:00 promptly, and due to the paucity of players on both sides it was apparent from the outset that there would be lots of running, with the usual impact usage of forwards making yards with go forward ball and each time trying to stretch the other wide with use of centers and wingers to good effect.

It was a tale of two halves with RKB utterly dominating the first stanza scoring 3 tries and leaving a couple out there also and the morale was high but it was apparent players fitness’s were being tested to the limits in the heat and doubling up in defence.

The Defensive line was pretty strong even with less players on the pitch but unfortunately for us, during the 2nd half, we lost our stamina and composure doing basics and our opponents were able to outnumber our defence in attack where they outscored the visiting team in the second half.

RKB line out throw
RKB line out throw

One yellow card was given to a “high tackle” front rower from Piestany, as well as wave after wave of consistent infringements around the ruck and maul areas. Piestany can count themselves lucky to earn such an ill deserved victory. RKB should walk away distraught not coming away with the win but know that practise and fitness need to be the key components of progression and improvement.

As usual the hospitality bestowed upon us by Pieštany post match were above and beyond the norm and we were all grateful for the experience.

Final score: PN 28 – RKB 24

  • Piešťany: Varga 23, Augustín T. 5
  • RKB: Clarke 10, Paquier 5, Porcaro 5, Cimetiere 4

Slovak League Table:

Tím     GP      GW      GD      GL      SF      SA      P
SBB     5       3       0       2       176     117     18
PN      5       3       0       2       128     171     16
RKB     5       2       0       3       131     155     12
ZA      5       2       0       3       142     134     11

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