Rugby Club Luxembourg players pictured on Sunday. Photos: RCL
Rugby Club Luxembourg (RCL) played their first match of a covid-19 delayed season at Longwy on Sunday.
After a long pre-season, the squad was in good physical shape but started nervously conceding a soft try under the posts within the first few minutes. As the match developed RCL grew in confidence and responded with a try from a strong run by James Wheeler.
Scrums were uncontested for the match, which allowed Mitchel Galea to return to hooker and his line out throws were spot on, allowing RCL to dominate in these set pieces. Mitchel was rewarded with a try after great support play before Robin Dex put the visitors two tries up at half time, with an explosive run down the right wing.
A crowd of about 100 sports-starved Longwy fans turned up for the match, following local distancing laws, and they were rewarded with a fine second-half battle where RCL (Kenans) and Longwy traded tries before the 60-minute drinks break with the score at 12-26.
The final quarter of a thoroughly entertaining match saw RCL pull away with four more tries from Robert Amelung (1) and Maxime Kenans (3) to leave a flattering score of 12-52 for the visitors.
The UBS Longwy v RC Luxembourg match took place on Sunday
The match was play in a tremendous spirit with both sets of players clearly delighted to be playing rugby again.
The next match for RCL is an intra-club match on Saturday 26 September at Cessange where the RCL Luxembourg Qualified Players take on an RCL Rest of the World selection, kicking off at 2:30pm.
This is the first in a series of domestic fixtures to promote Luxembourg Rugby sponsored by Wildgen Luxembourg law firm. Due to covid-19 restrictions, supporters must book tables of up to 6 people by emailing [email protected]