Match Report: Ladies SM 2016 Qualifier Round 2 – Ronneby

Written by on May 17, 2016

Following the ladies success in round 1 of the SM 2016 qualifier, round 2 came around with the team carrying the belief from their previous performances but also knowing that they were no longer going to take the other teams by surprise.

The squad that made the journey to Ronneby had only one extra addition from the team that had travelled to Trelleborg, allowing for a little extra rotation throughout the tournament, and was as follows:

Top Row: Simon Weise (Lugi Ref), Elizabeth Sonnenholzner, Sandra Olofsson, Meliha Mehmeti, Malin Andersson, Cornelia Norén, Ross Watson (Coach)

Bottom Row: Cecile Kaminski, Martina Vivlund, Ozeane Chabrol, Agnes Lindgren, Sara Kaminski

Ladies Team, Round 2

Game 1 vs. Pingvin

With the weather threatening rain, but eventually holding throughout the day, conditions were perfect for rugby as the ladies prepared for their first match against Pingvin, the team they had beaten in the final during the previous round.

Overall, the game was a very scrappy affair, with neither team really being able to play good attacking 7s due to a combination of mistakes as well as perhaps a lack of clear thinking. The games first try eventually came off of a Lugi scrum set around the halfway line and was taken by Martina following simple use of hands and footwork to beat the Pingvin backline. Pingvin eventually returned the favour later on in the first half when the Pingvin 9 found a midfield mismatch and skipped through the line to dot down near the posts to leave the half time score at 5-5.

The half time message to the girls was for the team to calm down, collect itself and get back to basics, which the team took on board to take a lot more control in the second half through more defensive pressure. Second half trys came once again from Vivlund off a scrum place close to Pingvin’s line as well as Sandra Olofsson scoring perhaps the to finish the game following the ball being moved to the wing off a turnover as a good step to the outside to see her in at the corner.

Final Score: Lugi 15 – 5 Pingvin.

Game 2 vs. Ronneby

The day’s second game saw us take on the hosts and once again saw the ladies contest a tight game with neither team really attaining dominant phases of possession. Lugi always looked the most likely to take the spoils, but will be a little disappointed that the scoreboard didn’t reflect the dominance they should have achieved following the standard set in the previous round.

The first impact on the scoreboard was made by the impactful run of Norén off of a Lugi penalty on their own 22, simple hands pushing the ball to one of our big runners and simple footwork seeing her go through a gap and run in from 80 meters out in her home town. Martina added the second Lugi score of the game following some of her own good work at the breakdown before rounding the Ronneby defence and taking us into a 10-0 half time lead.

Ronneby had their chances in the game and on a better day would have won the match if they’d have been more precise in their execution, but in the second half it was Lugi once again who got onto the scoreboard first and once again it came from a simple penalty move and footwork, this time by Agnes Lindgren who gratefully stepped around a girl who was seemingly unwilling to challenge her rampaging run and dancing feet.

However, it was Ronneby who would have the last say in the game following an arcing run by their winger to get on the outside of the Lugi defence before running down the line and scoring under the posts.

Final Score: Lugi 17 – 7 Ronneby.

Game 3 vs. Malmö

Following wins in the opening games, the ladies were guaranteed a spot in the day’s final no matter the result against Malmö. Following two sub-par performances in the other games, the ladies really started to perform and play to the standard they had produced in the previous round, and with Malmö also playing to a high standard, what followed was a very good game of rugby 7s.

Following a even couple of minutes, Lugi eventually broke down Malmö’s left flank through a series of good offloads and solid support play. Once Lugi got near to the opposition’s line, it was another offload that finally unlocked the Malmö defence with Malin scooting over the line following Sara Kaminsky’s work in the tackle. Following the kick-off, Malmö maintained a good spell of possession, and with Lugi unable too force a turnover we eventually became stretched in defence, leading to a couple of good offloads allowing Malmö to break through the middle and score. With time running on in the half, the ladies did well to keep the ball away from the opposition, but soon came a cropper as indecision with the ball in midfield led to a turnover and Malmö getting on the edge of our defence to score once again. The half time score would see Malmö with a slim 12-5 lead.

Shortly after the second half began, the ladies were gifted possession on a penalty after the kick off but quickly gave the ball back to Malmö who once again took good care of the ball, eventually getting the ball to their speedster from 20 meters out and the scoreboard ticked over to 17-5.

In the past, Lugi heads would have dropped at this point, but the girls showed their mettle with a quick reply after a midfield break by Martina eventually forced Malmö into a penalty. From there the ladies showed their abrasive side with some powerful running and Sara Kaminski ending the sequence by carrying three Malmö players over the line from a few meters out to bring the score back to 17-10.

One thing the team must improve on is their ability to refocus and regroup following their own scores, something that affected us in the previous round and once again reared its head in this match. With only seconds on the clock from the ladies pulling to within one score, they found themselves two scores down as Malmö glided around the outside of our defence straight from the kick off in order to score their fourth try of the game.

Even with the outright win looking a little off the cards the ladies still stuck to task, producing a fantastic defensive sequence to keep Malmö at bay and eventually forcing the turnover which Sonnenholzner pounced on with some footballing skills, only being denied a certain try by being tugged back by the last Malmö defender. The referee made the correct decision in awarding the penalty try, bringing an end to a well fought match even if it wasn’t in Lugi’s favour.

Final Score: Lugi 17 – 22 Malmö.

Qualifier Final vs. Malmö

Off the back of a fairly solid day’s rugby, Lugi once again found themselves in the qualifier final with Malmö meeting us there for one more tussle.

Our ladies took the initiative following a lineout near halfway, as Martina took a good short line to break through the Malmö defence and put us 5-0 up in a flash. Once again however, our opposition were afforded the opportunity to strike back after a short kick off lead to a penalty and a well executed set piece saw Malmö get around our defence for their first try and a 5-5 scoreline.

What followed from the Lugi girls was possibly the best passage of play in the entire day, resulting in three phases of possession (with a penalty thrown in) taking the team from their own 10 meter line to over the whitewash. Cornelia Norén once again dotting the ball down as just rewards for her two impactful carries in the sequence.

From there however, there would be no more Lugi scores with Malmö dominating in both possession as well as on the scoreboard. The game would turn on two Malmö kick offs, both being muffed by Lugi and both leading to trys, with our girls being afforded only once chance and being unable to capitalise. As it often is, it was these small margins that make the difference and whilst the girls were rightfully happy to come second, missing out on winning a second qualifier has provided lessons for them to take further in this year’s SM.

Final Score: Lugi 10 – 22 Malmö.

Next week our ladies will be back in action again in the third round of the qualifier in Trelleborg.

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Point Totals

M. Vivlund – 22

C. Norén – 10

E. Sonnenholzer – 7

M. Andersson – 5

S. Olofsson – 5

A. Lindgren – 5

S. Kaminski – 5

Match Report: Gents vs. Pingvin B

Written by on May 15, 2016

Report courtesy of Joakim Thilén.

After the loss to Malmö in April the Lugi team has been working hard on training. A lot of the trainings have been focused on getting the scrum to work as one unit as well as the backs to find their running lines in attack. A lot of the trainings have also contained a fair amount of contact.
Saturday 14th of May at 14:00 Lugi kicked off against Pingvin in Trelleborg. Almost immediately from start one could see that the hard work at trainings were paying off. Hard hits were put in all across the field.

Daniel, Eric and Anton started their first XV-aside game ever. Daniel showed Lugi that he is a second rower to count on, giving good pressure in the scrums as well as making his way to most of the rucks in the game. Now from a hard working forward to a good looking back, Eric had his first touch of the ball of an off load from Jordan and decided that the only reasonable thing to do in one’s first match of the career is to score the opening try.

In every Lugi players mind there have always been this belief that we are a small team and that we are not supposed to play any forwards game. Fielding a scrum that to my knowledge carries over 750 kg is not a small team, specially not in division 2. The decisions taken during the game also showed that this belief belongs to the past. Lugi’s forwards won most of there own feeds as well as some of Pingvins. In the line outs we stole some throws of Pingvin as well as putting up an 8 man maul of the throw. The maul was created outside the 22 and mauled onto the 5-meter line were Sebastian could easily break loose and score Lugi’s second try.

Half time the score board showed 12-5 in advantage of Lugi.

Team Photo

Team Photo

In the second half Lugi struggle with finding the passion and the discipline that a game this close requires. Pingvin brought on a lot of fresh legs while Lugi where struggling to find the pace of the game. Due to the lack of discipline a lot of penalties where given away and Pingvin could score twice.
After Pingvin’s second try of the second half Lugi managed to fire up. The wannabee-back, the sidestepping prop, Viktor was told to report for backline duty. He took his duty with pride, after a quick ruck the boll was delivered to Viktor and he delivered a try in return.
Lugi continued to play with passion and working hard. All the hard work from Lugi resulted in Olof and Jonno having their own competition about who had the most cramp as well as Viktor finding it hard to lift his arm.

In the final minute the score was 19-24 in advantage of Pingvin. As true rugby players Lugi were set to play till the whistle blows. From outside 22 Jordan decided to show off his stepping skills that he normally use on the dancefloor, by pretty much stepping or outrunning half of Pingvin’s defense by himself he managed to score a try close to the posts. The score was at this point 24-24. A conversion was to be made by Tobias.

While Lugi jogged back to set up for kick off a passionate motivational speech was held by myself. In the meanwhile Tobias had measured up his steps for the kick, taken the three steps up to the ball and kicked it right in between the uprights! Score 26-24. The ref decided that this was the end of the game and blew the final whistle. Lugi have won there first XV-aside game of the season!

To win a game in this way feels a little bit like stealing candy from a child. You feel a bit bad about yourself but then when you taste the candy the bad feelings soon go away!

Big thank you to Pingvin for hosting us, as well as putting up a great effort in the game. Next Saturday Pingvin are coming to Centrala IP for the re-match. Im assuming that both teams will be working hard on trainings to put up yet another great game!


Tries:
Sebastian Johansson 5 points
Eric Gemryd 5 points
Jordan Foster 5 points
Viktor Cordes 5 points
Conversions:
Tobias Magnusson 6 points (3/4)

Starting XV
1 Viktor
2 Sebbe
3 Olof
4 Rasmus
5 Daniel
6 Jocke
7 Truls
8 Jonno
9 Jordan
10 Tobias
11 Lucas
12 Anele
13 Eric
14 Fredrik
15 Krzysiek

Subs:
Jairo
Simon
Howard
Anton

Ladies Sunday Fitness

Written by on May 8, 2016

The ladies putting in some fitness work at a sunny Centrala IP.

Match Report: Ladies Win SM Round 1 Qualifier

Written by on April 24, 2016

With a long pre-season behind them it was finally time for the ladies to take on the rugby season’s premier 7s competition, SM 2016. With the new format across the country splitting Sweden up into North, West and South regions for qualifying places into the SM finals, the Lugi ladies have been pitted against Pingvin, Malmö and Ronneby in a series of four qualifying rounds.

Round one was to played in Trelleborg, home of the qualifiers number 1 ranked team, Pingvin, with Malmö ranked 2, Ronneby 3 and our ladies ranked 4th. With rankings based on various factors from last season, there was nothing for the ladies to be aggrieved about, but it certainly added a little more juice to the qualifier.

So, on a sunny Saturday in Skåne, Lugi set off down south with a squad of 9 girls, built around a growing core of experienced players and supplemented with a few new faces. The team sheet read as follows:

Top Row: Cecile Kaminski, Meliha Mehmeti, Malin Andersson, Sara Kaminski, Ross Watson (Coach)

Bottom Row: Sandra Olofsson, Martina Vivlund, Cornelia Nóren, Océane Chabrol, Elizabeth Sonnenholzner. 

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Game 1 vs. Pingvin

The ladies first game came against the hosts, Pingvin, which would provide us with a good measuring stick for how we would fair on the day. The girls started off well and capitalised on Pingvin mistakes to get themselves close to the home team’s line before Elizabeth broke over from close range with some strong running. The advantage would not be held for long however, after poor tackling from the ensuing kick off allowed a line break and a offload to see Pingvin in under the posts. Unperturbed, the ladies hit right back following a fantastic break from Sandra Olofsson, who’s run was well supported by both Martina and Elizabeth, leading to her slightly wayward pass being collected and taken in by Sonnenholzner for the score.

So far the story of the game had been about the porosity of the defence from both sides and Pingvin’s next possession didn’t break the trend, as following a lack of Lugi defensive pressure and a series of nice offloads, the home team went over yet again under the posts.

The Lugi ladies were also first to strike in the second half, as a penalty move straight off of the training ground was perfectly executed and allowed Martina to finish off the try with some strong running. Once again though, the positives for Lugi were evened out with a lack of defensive execution as Pingvin hit straight back, getting around the edge of the Lugi defence to score the last and decisive try of the game. The end result was an even game of three trys apiece, but decided by just one kick.

Following the game, the whole team was very pleased with their performance and the loss felt more like a win, having put on some good rugby and started strong. Our weakness in defence was identified and the team resolved to improve on it going forward.

Final Score: Lugi 17 – Pingvin 19

Game 2 vs. Malmö

Following their strong performance at Håckes Cup, our local rivals Malmö were always going to be strong contenders in the Southern qualifying pool. This contest opened up a lot tougher and tighter than our first game, with our tackling up to the expected standard and Malmö matching us. The ladies defensive pressure, which was so lacking in the first game, was the key to the opening score in game 2, as our defence smothered Malmös backs near their own line, eventually causing a turnover through a fumbled ball and Olofsson being quick to gather and score. Malmö then enjoyed a good spell of possession, albeit deep in their own half, keeping the ball tight around the ruck and working the blind before finally getting the ball wide to their speedster, who was able to get on the outside of our defence to get over the line for the score. Despite the disappointment of allowing their key player on our outside, the defensive chase to deny an easy two point conversion was an exemplary note of the team effort and work that has been developed over recent seasons.

In previous seasons, the ladies play has been marred by drops in confidence and an inability to respond following opposition scores. Therefore, on of the day’s big positives was the team’s ability to stick to the gameplay and play the full 14 minutes as if it was 0-0. Following Malmös score, our ladies were able to hit back with aplomb after Olofsson made a great break after a scrum won against the head, and took us deep into Malmö territory. The score was finished off by the day’s Player’s Player, Meliha, who spotted the space blind off the ensuing breakdown and ran down the line to take Lugi ahead 10-5.

From there the game evened up, with both teams enjoying a fair amount of possession and having attacking phases quashed by a mixture of good defence and errors. With a game that could have gone either way with only a single try in it, it was Lugi that finished the game off after Malmö gave away a penalty on their own 22, allowing Sonnenholzner to execute a near perfect chip and chase and see herself over the line on the last play.

Final Score: Lugi 15 – Malmö 5

Game 3 vs. Ronneby

The ladies final pool game came against a team that has slowly been on the rise in the south, and who are no longer to be taken lightly following a series of good results in recent tournaments. A win in this final pool game would give our girls a shot in the qualifier final against Pingvin.

After a spluttering start to the game from both teams, Lugi’s defensive pressure once again earned them a score, this time for Ronneby native Cornelia, who scooped up a Sonnenholzner offload to cross the whitewash. The following muffed kick-off and swarming Lugi defence allowed Elizabeth to get a score of her own and go under the posts following a nice step. With Ronneby looking a little deflated and following a series of mistakes near their own line, Martina was able to crash over for score number three following a close range penalty and a slick offload out the back from Sonnenholzner.

With the Lion’s tails up in the second half the play started to really flow and the girls once again got rewarded for their willingness to work in support of one another in the form of multiple offloads going to hand down the right flank before the ball finally landed into the arms of Vivlund on the wing, who tip-toed her way down the line for another score. The final high note of the game came from our flying French winger Océane, who found herself rewarded for her excellent support during the whole day as she finished off nicely following some slick hands and offload off a Ronneby turnover.

The remainder of the game served as a warning for the team, as attacking shape began to be lost and the girls fought a lot of their battles around the breakdown instead of out wide, leading to a scrappy finally quarter. Nonetheless, the ladies had deservedly put themselves through to the final and were happy with the rugby they had produced and their smothering defensive effort.

Final Score: Lugi 27 – Ronneby 0

Game 4, Final vs. Pingvin

Having secured themselves a place in the final, the Lugi Lions found themselves up against the team that had seen them off in the day’s opening game. The ladies confidence in themselves and their rugby had been building throughout the day and they were ready to take on the home team and the crowd in what promised to be an interesting encounter.

Similar to game one, the ladies got off to a flyer as following a scrum in our own half, Martina was able to take advantage of a slip in Pingvin’s midfield to go 80 meters untouched for the score. If ever there was an omen that this was the ladies final to take, it came on the ensuing conversion attempt as Martina’s conversion received a solid helping hand from the crossbar to get the ball over and take Lugi 7-0 in the lead.

Despite the good fortune, things got wobbly in the following minutes for Lugi as Pingvin pressure and a lack of handling execution saw the girls pushed back from the opposition’s 22 to nearly conceding at their own end on multiple occasions, saved only by some last ditch tackling and Pingvin handling errors.

It was said handling errors that allowed Lugi to get the opening score of the second half, as good awareness and work on the ground from Meliha allowed Martina to take advantage of an open blindside to run in for the score and take us to 14-0. With the minutes beginning to tick away, Pingvin started to exert some pressure on the Lugi line following a well placed clearance kick. Eventually this pressure from the white and black of the home team saw them over in the corner following a blindside move from an attacking scrum, clawing the score back to 14-5.

With only a minute left in the game, the hammer blow was delivered by Lugi following some mazy running by Mehmeti off the kick-off softened up the defence enough for Cornelia to put on a nice step and strong run to break the Pingvin line, before showing a clean pair of heels for the score.

With the score standing at 21-5, the game was dead and buried and our girls rightly celebrated an excellent qualifier win!

Final Score: Lugi 21 – Pingvin 5

Following a very successful day, the team was quite rightly overjoyed and thoroughly pleased with some of the rugby that was produced, but realised that there are plenty of aspects of their game that can be improved on and more hard work needs to be put in to up their game before the next round, which is sure to prove even more competitive. More than anything it showed the team the rewards that can be reaped from hard work and dedication on the training field and has given them a long awaited qualifier win.

Finally, a big thank you should be given to Pingvin for an impeccably run qualifier and all the teams involved for a great day of competitive games.

Team Awards

Player’s Player – Meliha Mehmeti

Newbie – Océane Chabrol

Coaches’ Player – Whole Team

Point Totals

M. Vivlund – 35

E. Sonnenholzer – 20

C. Norén – 10

M. Mehmeti – 5

S. Olofsson – 5

O. Chabrol – 5

 

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Match Report: Gents vs. Malmö

Written by on April 11, 2016

The report written below has been written by Joakim Thilén.

First game of the season. What can be better than to play against our rivals Malmö.
The game started off at a fairly high pace. After winning the ball back from the scrum. Lugi got a penalty right infront of the uprights. The penalty kick was called for but unfortunately missed. This occurred twice whilst Malmö managed to score a penalty kick in the first half.
Simon Lundqvist showed his skills as a rugbyplayer and scored a try for Lugi in the first half. To bad this was the only points scored by Lugi.
In the end of the first half unfortunately Jonno had to leave the field due to a split eyebrow as well as a headache (tackling technique is on the schedule…), replaced by Emil who stepped forward and showed the way.

Malmö displayed their backline skills that Lugi’s defense had a tough time to stop. Malmös hard running backs gave them the tries needed to win the game.
Due to Malmö being quick and strong into the rucks Lugi spent a lot of time defending which was done well with a lot of heart. Sebbe Hylander took on a lot of work in defense which saved the Lugi Lions several times.

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In the second half Lugi received a yellow card. Which made Lugi struggle even more in defense, After the yellow card was played out Lugi fired up with some new found energy and stepped up to Malmös good rucking.
Sebbe Hylander found himself at scrumhalf between the backs and the forwards. The backs yelled for the ball to be played wide while the forwards screamed for short balls and pick ‘n’ goes. Therefore happened what’s described next:
In the last 15 minutes of the second half Lugi decided to display some old school rugby. By doing crash balls and pick ‘n’ goes for 15 minutes straight. This type of rugby was successful and showed the capability of the forwards in the team (Emil, Viktor and Axel deserves a mention for their hard work).
Lucas played his first game of rugby today and did so with great courage and heart.
Unfortunately Lugi where found defeated with 35-5 when the final whistle blew. This first game of the season showed Lugi what has to be worked on for the future.

Here is a short report written by me. My thoughts about the game.