Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:52
RC Krems vs. Vienna Celtic C
The Vienna Celtic C Team made the trek out to Mautern to face a solid Krems line-up. It was Stefan Atz’s last game for Celtic for a while as he heads off to the US and he captained the team well, kicking a penalty to open the scoring after Celtic had the stronger opening.
The Krems pack was large and they clearly wanted to play their way through the middle of the field, the tight five did well and Krems had to settle for 3 points as well.
The Celtic pack started to gain level footing and giving the backs some front foot ball, a poor clearance from the Krems fullback saw David Donaldson (who had an outstanding game on defence and attack at fullback) get driven over (by Franz) the line for the first try of the game. Atz nailed the conversion from nearly the side-line, and would only miss one kick on the day.
The try gave Celtic the spark they were looking for, and a perfectly weighted cross-field kick from Captain Atz was batted into the arms of David, some good passing ensued and Gideon was in perfect support to score (his first for the seniors) a good Number 7’s try.
Half time saw Celtic lead Krems 17 – 3 and the second half saw some reshuffling of positions, but the same result on the field. With good forward play leading to quick hands in the backline and Anton Totter scoring his first try for the seniors, off a great pass from another youngster Nikolaus Schneider.
Krems forward play was beginning to make inroads and after a maul that seemed to go nowhere for an age, was allowed to continue, their number 8 crashed over for a deserved try.
The Celtic number 12, who was quite reserved and controlled for most of the match, scored a try from close range, but undid the hard work with a sin binning later on for retaliating to a late tackle.
Alfonso, who started on the wing and then moved into the pack, scored a great individual try to finish of the scoring for Celtic, also his first for the club.
Krems picked up a couple of consolation tries as both teams tired, even the amazing Leo was run down when looking destined to score, run down by a player that he assures us is an Austrian Olympic sprinter.
The final score was 36 – 24, it was a great game and a fitting “come back soon” to Captain Atz, great contributions from all the forwards, particularly the front row (Alan, Steindl, Marcus) who played the whole game, good distribution from scrum half Abi, as well as all the new/young guys who played.
I think fullback David Donaldson and number 10 Stefan Atz (kicked 5 / 6) were men of the match, but it really was a team effort.
Ogi ogi ogi.