Luxembourg 22 - 16 Israël 

Le match


The Luxembourg International rugby team finished the season on a high note, with a deserved 22-16 victory over Israel at Josy Barthell stadium on Sunday afternoon. In perfect conditions and in front of a very appreciative crowd of 700, Luxembourg controlled the game for long periods but were unable to totally quell the competitive Israelis. A confusing exhibition of refereeing, especially at the tackle and post tackle area, created uncertainty for both teams and affected the continuity of play, which was a great shame for the two teams and the public. Both teams attempted to play positive entertaining rugby, despite the pedantic and officious approach of the man in the middle. Israel started very well and should have scored from an early penalty, but to Luxembourg’s relief the shot went wide. A good kick from Whiteman out of defence, coupled with a good chase by Knowles, saw the latter regain the ball inside Israel’s 22metre and scamper across for the first score, which Whiteman converted for a 7-0 lead. Despite missing another penalty, Israel were next to score and it was an end to end try, started firstly by a long breakout by Ian Doherty, followed by some interpassing amongst Luxembourg and just when it seemed as if another try would be scored, a stray pass fell into the hands of a retreating Israeli. Play immediately went back towards Luxembourg’s goal line before the attack could regroup, and the Israel lock Shai scored in the corner. 7-5. Joe Lister scored a rehearsed try from a scrum, with the defence hanging off him, and sprinting 25 metres to extend the lead to 14-5 right on half time. At this stage the Luxembourg scrum was totally dominant, but not capitalizing on the dominance and the Israeli defence was tenacious, which with the refereeing problems made the game somewhat static. Israel was winning all their lineout ball and disrupting some of Luxembourg’s, but again were unable to exploit any weakness in Luxembourg’s defence. A critical moment in the match was the temporary suspension of Doherty for some supposed misdeed when he was in possession, and tackled on the ground. The resultant penalty was successful and the score 14-8. During this period Luxembourg was penalized often and eventually Israel were able to score with the No. 8 barging over from close range, despite a courageous tackle by Harvey. The teams were now separated by one point and Luxembourg were a man down, but the pack continued to dominate the scrum and were in fact next to score via a penalty from Whiteman, but it was a short lived reprieve as Benel allowed the refereeing to upset him and was banished for dissent. The score was again one point difference at 17-16, but again the pack of seven refused to yield and carried the fight to Israel and finally after his return to the field Benel drove over to make the game safe, and atone for his ill discipline. It was a gutsy effort by all Luxembourg forwards, who showed real grit under difficult circumstances, some of their own making admittedly, and all replacements entered the fray, and made an immediate impact. The loss of the skipper, Andy Thompson, did not affect the team commitment and responsibility was shared amongst all. This would not have been the case 6 months ago, so clearly the team has made progress and must look forward to the return legs next season with genuine optimism.  


19 Mai 2007


Marty Davies

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