Rugby Club Luxembourg played their first match of a COVID-delayed season at Longwy on Sunday.

After a long pre-season the squad was in good physical shape but started nervously, conceding a soft try under the posts within the first few minutes.

As the match developed RCL grew in confidence and responded with a try after a strong run by James Wheeler. Scrums were uncontested for the match which allowed Mitchel Galea to return to hooker and his line-out throws were spot on, leading RCL to dominate in these set pieces.

Mitchel was rewarded with a try after great support play before Robin Dex put the visitors two tries up at half-time with an explosive run down the right wing.

A crowd of about 100 sport-starved Longwy fans turned up for the match, following local distancing laws, and they were rewarded with a fine second half battle, with RCL (Kenans) and Longwy trading triess before the drinks break came about with 60 minuts on the clock and the score at 12-26.

The final quarter of a thoroughly entertaining match saw RCL pull away with four more tries from Robert Amelung (1) and Maxime Kenans (3) resulting in a flattering score of 12-52 for the visitors.

The match was played in a tremendous spirit with both sets of players clearly delighted to be playing rugby again.

The next fixture for RCL is an intra-club match on Saturday 26 September at Cessange where the RCL Luxembourg-qualified players take on an RCL Rest of the World selection in a 3.30pm kick off.

This is the first in a series on domestic fixtures to promote Luxembourg Rugby sponsored by Wildgen Luxembourg Law Firm.

Due to COVID restrictions supporters must book tables of up to 6 people at info@rcl.lu