Perfect Rugby weather in Oranienburg, light drizzle, grey fog, a nice soft pitch, but somehow we drowned in the Brandenburg swamps – an unhappy loss against the RK03-team by 0:47. 

I can´t put it into better words than what our coach Rodolfo said after the match: it burns inside! So much potential in this team, but difficult circumstances – players who couldn´t attend trainings and the match because of injuries, travels or family-things, new players who didn´t have the time and practice to fit into the right position, experienced players who needed to play in positions they are not used to. 

It hurts because the Bruisers / Grizzlies had powerful phases demonstrating skills, winning scrums, good defence, a maul that drove the RK-boys into their half of the pitch. The opponents weren´t even that good, putting pressure on them worked so they kept making mistakes. 

Still, our attack didn´t move forward much, taking the ball into their defence and few passes to the flanks didn`t make meters. And then rucks – we were surprised and overrun by waves of aggressive RK-players jumping the rucks with force and stealing the ball and rushing it through the gaps in our line.

Anyway, don´t let yourself get frustrated! Bruisers and Grizzlies are throwing their bodies into the play and that´s a great effort in itself. We saw powerful action, tackles and pushing the attack by Alban and Tristan! We saw Antonio, who just joined, with a lot of motivation and strength – looking forward to seeing more of him when he trains and plays with us permanently! 

Many Thanks to Khan who filled in for Micha as team captain this day, and Gute Besserung to Benjamin for his shoulder!!

So no hang-ups now! Please, let´s bring the Rugby-fun back – 2 more trainings and the last match before the winter-break next weekend. Throw yourselves into it – everyone should enjoy playing, have loads of fun, a rugby-boost and beers next Sunday against the Irish!

(And let´s bring on lots of Bruisers / Grizzlies supporters too by the way!)