RFC Paderborn entered their first Bundesliga match last weekend (Saturday 3rd September 2016). It was an early start for Paderborn. With only two training sessions for the starting XV it was looking to be a touch match. The weather all day was dry and hot with the pitch conditions being very dusty and hard under foot,
The match started negatively for Paderborn with the Adler’s being very dominate in every aspect of the game. There was alot of mistakes from paderborn which lead to a total of 9 penalites towards the Adler’s. Paderborn was able to stop the Adler’s on slaught from the penatilies however the Adlier’s changed tactics and went to kick for goal which put them 3-0 ahead.
Half time was approaching when the 1st Yellow card of the game appeared to be shown towards a Paderborn player for a high tackle which the Adlers scored from. making the score 8-0 to the Adler’s. Paderborn soon replied with new scrum half Stewart Stark sprinting through the Adlier’s denfense to score Paderborn’s first try of the day and Bundesliga. This then took the score up to 8-5 to Kiel at half time.
2nd Half looked better for Paderborn. Knowing the level of experience they needed to play at in order to win was know known to them. However Kiel came out of the half time break even stronger and more determinded then the last half. This did not dampen the Paderborner’s ambition to win their first match in the Bundesliga. A foul play by Kiel gave Paderborn the chance to kick at goal increasing Paderborn points to 8-15.
The game then became a matter of fittness, With Paderborn having a very heavy British Army presents in the team. This was Paderborns advantage which Paderborn took with two hands. New winger and Man Of The Match showed off his breath taking pace on the left wing to put paderborn with in reach of winning the game. Unfortannly the Try could not be converted meaning the score stood at 15-13. The final minutes of the game was fast approaching with both teams deperate to win the ball. However a final attack from Paderborn court one of the Adler’s offside leading to a penality infront of the goal. Last play was called by the match offical. Kikiro Mario stepped up to the mark to take the penailiy. If he missed Paderborn loose the game. If he made it Paderborn win the game (No Pressure).
Kikiro Mario struck the ball and managed to get the ball over the posts making the final score 16-15 to RFC Paderborn.
We would like to thank FT Adler Kiel for making RFC Paderborn debute in the Bundesliga 2 a tough, hard, physical game. We wish them all the success in future games and of course look forward to the rematch in 6 months time in Kiel.