October 4, 2020 – Den Haag
For the first game of the ‘20/’21 season, MRC’s 1st XV travelled to The Hague to play the Haagsche RC’s second team. After seven months of league-game absence, the men from Maastricht were fired up and eager to win. An early 50-meter-break by fullback Roy Schweitzer meant the beginning of a period of Maastricht dominance. With strong carries and clever play from the backs, MRC put pressure on The Hague’s solid defence. This paid off in the 20th minute through a try by fly-half/center Conor Johnston. The Irishman stepped off the right foot to avoid the rush defence and accelerated through the gap to dot down for his first try in the MRC shirt. The remainder of the first half Maastricht stayed on top with steady phase play and some great individual efforts; A powerful run down the sideline by Padraic “Paddy” O’Shaughnessey, which resulted in a second try for Conor Johnston, and some razzle dazzle from flanker, and part time magician, Nelson van Rosmalen put Maastricht up 0-19 before halftime.
In the second half the home side fought back hard. The “Hagenezen” held the upper hand over the scrum, which cost the Maastricht front row a series of penalties, through which the Haagsche RC gained territory and eventually managed to score. MRC’s defence stayed composed after that and the “Maastrichtenaren” were close to scoring on several occasions themselves, but did not manage to convert these opportunities into points. With the clock past the 80-minute-mark, HRC scored their second try, which put the final score at 12-19. A well deserved win to Maastricht and a promising start of the season.
Next Saturday, the first XV will play A.S.R.V. Ascrum’s second team at home. (The link to the livestream will be published on Facebook)