I did not expect it to be such a contested game when I heard that the visitors only had 16 (or was it 15?) players available, but boy, was I wrong!
There was a perfect weather last Saturday, 23rd of September, when Osnabrück and Dortmund faced each other in Lower Saxony for the NRW-Westfalen regional league. There have been some rain the week before though, so the pitch was very soft, what made running and scrummaging a bit of a challenge.
Traffic was very low, so there was plenty of time to prepare for the match: an hour before the match I was already warming up, 30min prior to kick-off the pre-match talk and the toss were done.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, I did not expect a balanced game after I learned that Dortmund did not have many players. Dortmund started at full speed and soon had their first try, but Osnabrück quickly recovered and were able to score some points of their own. Half-time score was 20x5 for the home team.
That kind of confirmed my initial expectations, but Dortmund recovered well in the second half and, with 10min to go, the score was 20x18. In those last 10min, however, Osnabrück was able to build on their better fitness level and scored twice, for a final score of 30x18.
It was fun referee this match, both teams tried to play positive rugby the whole time. Looking forward to travelling to Osnabrück again in November to referee their match against Wiedenbrück.
More pictures from the game can be found at MountainJohn Pictures.