In the first meeting between Germany and Chile the South Americans recorded a big win. Played today at the Sparda Bank Hessen Stadion in Offenbach Chile ran-out convincing 32-10 winners.
Prior to the match starting it had been surrounded by controversy. A strike from leading players saw Germany naming a much changed side to that which had faced Brazil and the USA in earlier November Internationals.
Regardless of the personal involved it was a fully capped international with World Rankings on the line. With Chile having fallen behind Brazil in the Americas Rankings on Sunday the win sees Los Cóndores finishing the year back above Os Tupis.
The win also brings to an end what has been a tour like none other in Chilean rugby history. Los Cóndores embarked on a four match tour. They did so by opening with a win against Kenya in Hong Kong. It was followed by loses in the same city against both Hong Kong and Russia. Today’s win in Germany ends the tour at 2-2.
The Germans opened the scoring today. They did so by landing a 6th minute penalty. It would turn out to be the only point of the match in which Los Cóndores were behind.
The South Americans took their time to find their feet. Upon doing so they controlled play, calling upon their experience gained from the Americas Rugby Championship to claim the scalp of Germany in Central Europe.
Left winger Franco Velarde crossed in the 28th minute for the opening try. Scrum-half Juan Pablo Perrotta quickly made it two by crossing in the 32nd minute. Fullback Tomás Ianiszewski continued his excellent form this month by converting both tries.
The Old Locks club player also landed a penalty before returning to line-up his next attempted conversion. Ianiszewski did so in the 60th minute. He successfully converted second-rower Nikola Bursic’s try to give Chile a 24-3 lead.
Bursic’s try put the result beyond doubt though Germany would manage to find a way over the try line in the final minute. Phil Szczesny scored what was a consolation try.
Pivotal to the result was not only scoring points but Los Cóndores’ defending abilities. Following securing a notable lead they made sure to complete the job by shutting down Germany effectively.
The match marks an end to the year for Chile. Los Cóndores will next play in February, doing so in the third edition of the Americas Rugby Championship.
Try: Velarde, Perrotta, Bursic, Videla
Conversion: Ianiszewski (3)
Penalty: Ianiszewski (2)
1 Marcus Bender, 2 Gino Gennaro, 3 Paul Weiss, 4 Max Reinhard, 5 Robert Lehmann, 6 Rafael Dutta, 7 Luke Haynes, 8 Carsten Lang, 9 Rafael Pyrasch (capt.), 10 Fabian Heimpel, 11 Tim Lichtenberg, 12 Kain Rix, 13 Robin Plümpe, 14 Phil Szczesny, 15 Bastian Himmer
Replacements: 16 Marcel Becker, 17 Senzo Ngubane, 18 Felix Martel, 19 Benedikt Sabinarz, 20 Stefan Mau, 21 Daniel Koch, 22 Sebastian Fromm, 23 Carlos Soteras-Merz
1 Vittorio Lastra, 2 Tomás Dussaillant, 3 José Tomás Munita, 4 Nikola Bursic, 5 Mario Mayol, 6 Javier Richard, 7 Anton Petrowitsch, 8 Benjamín Soto, 9 Juan Pablo Perrotta, 10 Santiago Videla, 11 Franco Velarde, 12 Francisco de la Fuente, 13 José Ignacio Larenas (capt.), 14 Mauricio Urrutia, 15 Tomás Ianiszewski
Replacements: 16 Ignacio Guajardo, 17 Claudio Zamorano, 18 Marco Díaz, 19 Raimundo Piwonka, 20 Manuel Dagnino, 21 Sergio Bascuñan, 22 Benjamín Pizarro, 23 Matías Balbontín