Vienna Celtic vs. Stade Viennois
-written by Valentin
Match Report 30.11.2013
The wind whipped across Dirnelwiese on 2013’s last day of November as Maribor got off there chartered bus to face off with the Wanderers. Celtic has made a habit of starting slowly and this day was no different. Before 3 minutes had passed Maribor had found pay dirt muscling a try; the conversion was ruled not converted by the referee. The penalties mounted against the Celts and 7 minutes later an easy 3 were added. 0-8 Maribor. The club banded together and played much more organized rugby, making smart decisions, defending the breakdowns, but could not overcome 12 first half penalties. Giving up so much field put Maribor is position to score their second try also followed by a failed conversion. 0-13. Halftime came and heads were up, there was no moment of despair…..then the fury was released. Celtic defense put their bodies on the line time and time again, they ran at the heavier Slovenians until they wanted no more. 13 minutes into the second half, Ants Lambert scored a try off a quick start penalty, a heads-up play to scratch us back into the game. 7-13. It took only 9 more minutes for Leo to take hard angle against the grain blasting through the gain line and collapsing next to the posts 14-13 Celtic took the lead for the first time that day and would not relinquish it. The one point lead was tenuous as Maribor gasped for air, fighting for every inch. The defense was stout on both sides, but an overload was created and Stefan Ulm finished a compelling phase. 21-13 Wanderers. This was the moment the game changed from excellent to epic. Maribor showed tremendous heart and roared back with bone crushing crashes into the Celtic zone. A 5 meter lineout, followed by a maul defended perfectly. Pick and go pitted man against man for 7 straight minutes of battle inside the Celtic 5 meters. Celts and Maribor forwards and backs lay in pain laboring to get back in the play as if they were Rocky and Apollo, the man who lays longer on the pitch loses……on this day Celtic got up, Celtic played on and Celtic won the match.
-Written by Mike McLean