Match Report (DRC Hanover @ Away)

RFC Paderborn traveled up to Hanover for their 2nd fixture in the 2 Bundesliga North. The  oppersition  for the day was DRC Hanover (Deutscher Rugby Club). Once again an unknown oppersition for RFC Paderborn. The weather was perfect for rugby with sun and some patches of cloud. The ground conditions were soft under foot.

The game kicked off exactly at 1500 hrs. The first few minutes of the game saw Paderborn being very dominate which lead to an early penalty to Paderborn. However Dennis Bartdorf was not able to turn them into points. However, DRC Hanover soon replied. With a lasp in Paderborn’s defense gave DRC Hanover a chance to get the first try of the match at 12 minutes into the game. DRC Hanover unable to convert.

RFC Paderborn soon got back into the game with Meirion Parsons scoring Paderborn’s first try of the day at the 17th minute. Josh Ferguson was unable to convert. The game became pretty even with both DRC Hanover and RFC Paderborn giving away many penalties. However the deadlock was soon broken with DRC Hanover giving penalty away to Paderborn within kicking distance. Josh Fergusion was able to get the kick over the posts at the 32 minute mark. Half time was soon approaching and a flaw from Paderborn with a forward pass meant halftime was called.

Half time score. DRC Hanover 8 – 8  RFC Paderborn

2nd half was a strong show from Paderborn. with Buks Tunikula showing his Fijian strength and breaking the DRC Hanover defensive line to score paderborns 2nd try of the day. However the good comes with the bad. Immediately after the kick off Paderborn was shown a yellow card for illegal play at the ruck. DRC Hanover took advantage of this and played some very hard, aggressive technical rugby which lead to DRC able to get a penalty and gain a further 3 points. Score DRC Hanover 11 – 13 RFC Paderborn.

The game then started to become a matter of fitness, RFC Paderborn was able to keep the rugby heads on which lead to yet another penalty to Paderborn. Once again Josh Fergusion showed off his kicking skills by putting Paderborn a further 3 points ahead. Score DRC Hanover 11- 16 RFC Paderborn.

It wasn’t all bad for Paderborn, as our yellow card player came back on the playing field DRC Hanover were shown a yellow card. Paderborn took this advantage of having one player more than the DRC. Eventually, with some ‚ loud Friendly guidance‘ from the sideline (head coach Woody). Paderborn was able to put Jordan Adams in the corner for his 2nd try for Paderborn and 3rd try of the day. Josh Fergusion was able to covert taking the score to 23 -11 to Paderborn.

With only 10 minutes left in the game. Paderborn was aware the game could still be lost and a final try or penalty kick was needed to seal the win. However bad news for Paderborn. Super star center Phil hunz was shown a yellow card for a body check. 14 men and now 7 minutes to go. Lucky Paderborn’s fitness is what kept them in the game. Paderborn had 3 attempts of scoring a try. A simple draw and pass would of the sealed it. DRC Hanover was good to stop those 3 attempts from Paderborn 5 meters from the DRC try line. However the 4th Attempt was carried through by Merion Parsons in the last play for his 2nd try of the game. Unfortunately the conversion wasn’t successful, however the bonus point was needed in order to take 2nd position in the Bundesliga 2 North.

Final Score DRC Hanover 11 – 28 RFC Paderborn

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