And you though wind on the Green Mile was a problem? The Door marching ahead, for Germany vs Romania (photos A+M Bruno)
Bodo “The Door” Sieber, the Ikey Tigers lock forward is still on a mission for his fatherland – Germany – playing in the Six Nations B.
Last weekend “Deutschland” took on Romania, a relative giant who has been to every single Rugby World Cup since the fun began in 1987, a goal that has eluded Germany to date. But the side is coming along and got promoted to the top division of the European Nations Cup, the Six Nations B.
The match was played in memorable conditions, it had snowed for almost a week, but the ground wasn’t frozen, so the match could go ahead. The lines had to be cleared and painted red and the matchball was a canary yellow so it wouldn’t get lost.
“Playing in snow is not as bad as it looks, in fact it was better than playing on a heavy muddy field with rain bucketing down on you” said Sieber. It looks pretty damn hardcore , but the temperatures apparently were a cosy 0C with blue skies.
Worlds more pleasant than the -18C match of Georgia vs Russia last season that had the French ref call it off saying “NON – unplayâblè!” and ordering a Café au Lait. Shortly after both team captains arrived and told him a baguette was tougher than him, dragged him out of the warm hotel bar and got him to kick off and ref the game.
Germany against the Romanian Oaks was a defensive battle with plenty of kicks from either team, piling on the pressure in the tricky conditions. The home side gifted their highly rated visitors an intercept try after ten minutes and for the next 50 a lot of hard rugby was played, but nothing changed with the 7:0 scoreline. Germany were en par in the set pieces and had good possession, but Romania, being one up were happy to defend and wait for mistakes.
The mistakes came and experienced French Top14 scrum half Marius Tinku was at hand to capitalise for his side. The end result was 22:0 to Romania – definitely too high a score that doesn’t do justice to the spirited Germans who are still to take points in their new division.
The last match for Sieber before he returns to the Tiger camp is against Los Lobos – the wolves of Portugal this weekend.