Vienna Celtic RFC
Vienna Celtic RFC - Westcliff RFC
On May 2nd Vienna Celtic hosted the Westcliff RFC at Dirnelwiese.
Westcliff RFC is one of the largest amateur sports club in Essex having more than 600 club members.
The Westcliff team was built from various teams, using players from Westcliffs first, second, third and fourth team. The travellers stayed in Bratislava and came just for the game to vienna. As our visitors had a very succesful season, it was clear that Vienna Celtic would face a serious challenge.
The home team put together a mix of its first and second team. The englishmen were a strong physical team using players from age 18 to 50 years plus. With kick off our guests showed a very strong and effective forwards game, using the physical advantages of their pack.
Celtic struggled to get the big lads down to ground, and also to hold the english scrum.
Very quickly an open Rugby game developed, seeing Vienna Celtic most of the time defending their try line. The touring side showed impressive forwards and backs play, getting a comfortable lead at halftime (25 - 5). In the second half both sides used their subs, giving all players the chance to enjoy a good, clean and hard game of rugby. As the game went on Westcliff continued in putting pressure on the young Celtic team, increasing the lead step by step. Nevertheless the home team never put their hads down using the game to improve its defense. Finally Celtic managed to score two additional tries in the second half.
The final score was 67 - 17 for Westcliff RFC.
After the game we invited our guests to a short stay at Flanagans, as the touring side had to get back to Bratislava same night. The touring party had defined " Jungle camp - I'm a star get me out here" as their tour motto and gave their tour virgins a very respectful inauguration to the club (I just have never seen grilled tarantula before...). Everybody enjoyed the third half as well. Overall it was a brilliant day of Rugby and Vienna Celtic RFC is looking forward to travel to england, visiting our new friends of Westcliff RFC.