2008–09 Rugby-Bundesliga

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2008–09 Rugby-Bundesliga
Countries  Germany
Champions SC Frankfurt 1880 (6th title)
Relegated DRC Hannover
Top point scorer Thorsten Wiedemann (212)
Top try scorer Alexander Pipa (22)

The Rugby-Bundesliga 2008-09 was the 38th edition of this competition and the 89th edition of the German rugby union championship. Nine teams play a home-and-away season with a finals round between the top four teams at the end. The bottom two teams determine which club is relegated in an end-of-season decider. The season started on 30 August 2008 and finished with the championship final on 23 May 2009, interrupted by a winter break from early December to late February.

The competition was won by the SC Frankfurt 1880, like in the previous season.

Overview[edit]

The 2008-09 modus was somewhat different from the previous season. The competition had been expanded from eight to nine teams. The final, which used to be determined by the top-two teams of the regular season was now played by the two winners of the semi-finals which pair the first placed team against the fourth and the second against the third.

At the bottom end of the table, a relegation match between the two last-placed teams was also a new introduction. All up, the number of season games in the Rugby-Bundesliga increased to 76 from 57.

This change of modus was decided upon on 19 July 2008 at the annual general meeting of the German rugby association, the DRV. It was decided to expand the league to ten teams for 2009-10, meaning only one club was to be relegated in 2009, and two promoted. It was also then decided to introduce the extended play-off format.[1]

The defending champion was SC 1880 Frankfurt, who beat RG Heidelberg in the 2007-08 final, while the RK 03 Berlin was newly promoted to the league.

With Kerstin Ljungdahl [2] and Dana Teagarden,[3] two female head referees have been officiating in the Rugby-Bundesliga in 2008-09.

Bundesliga table[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Points
1 SC 1880 Frankfurt 16 14 0 2 693 227 466 70
2 Heidelberger RK 16 12 0 4 464 212 252 56
3 SC Neuenheim 16 10 0 6 423 287 136 49
4 Berliner Rugby Club 16 10 0 6 441 328 113 48
5 RG Heidelberg 16 10 0 6 323 281 42 46
6 TSV Handschuhsheim 16 9 0 7 521 377 144 46
7 RK Heusenstamm 16 5 0 11 336 515 -179 29
8 RK 03 Berlin 16 2 0 14 195 688 -493 11
9 DRC Hannover 16 0 0 16 176 657 -481 0

Player statistics[edit]

Try scorers[edit]

The leading try scores in the Rugby-Bundesliga 2008–09 season were (10 tries or more):

Player Club Tries
Germany Alexander Pipa TSV Handschuhsheim 22
New Zealand Bevan Grey RK Heusenstamm 13
New Zealand Jason Campell SC 1880 Frankfurt 10
New Zealand Marcus Seuseu SC 1880 Frankfurt 10
Fiji Jovesa Naivalu SC 1880 Frankfurt 10

Point scorers[edit]

The leading point scores in the Rugby-Bundesliga 2008–09 season were (100 points or more):

Player Club Points
Germany Thorsten Wiedemann TSV Handschuhsheim 212
South Africa Braam Pretorius Heidelberger RK 211
Germany Lars Eckert SC Neuenheim 137
Germany Fabian Heimpel RG Heidelberg 129
Germany Alexander Pipa TSV Handschuhsheim 110

Per club[edit]

The top try and point scorers per club were:

Club Player Tries Player Points
Berliner RC [4] Germany Gerrit van Look 8 Germany Sebastian Freund 74
RK 03 Berlin [5] Germany Robin Knüpfer 7 Germany Robin Knüpfer 35
SC 1880 Frankfurt [6] New Zealand Jason Campell
New Zealand Marcus Seuseu
Fiji Jovesa Naivalu
10 New Zealand Rusell Kupa 80
TSV Handschuhsheim [7] Germany Alexander Pipa 22 Germany Thorsten Wiedemann 212
DRC Hannover [8] Germany Sven Pausch 4 New Zealand Dan Richards 33
RG Heidelberg [9] Germany Mustafa Güngör 7 Germany Fabian Heimpel 129
Heidelberger RK [10] South Africa Pieter Johannes Jordaan 9 South Africa Braam Pretorius 211
RK Heusenstamm [11] New Zealand Bevan Grey 13 Germany Mark Sztyndera 82
SC Neuenheim [12] Paraguay Juan Cabanas 9 Germany Lars Eckert 137

Bundesliga results[edit]

Club SCF HRK SCN BRC RGH TSV RKH RKB DRC
SC 1880 Frankfurt 27-22 24-14 67-7 54-13 81-19 30-9 69-0 50-0
Heidelberger RK 13-23 38-3 12-10 23-17 38-8 33-5 56-0 78-7
SC Neuenheim 16-46 31-23 13-8 23-28 18-6 37-15 69-14 49-7
Berliner RC 20-12 15-35 31-16 29-13 22-19 88-15 59-0 30-15
RG Heidelberg 15-29 3-5 19-15 20-6 12-6 38-19 17-5 35-10
TSV Handschuhsheim 36-31 25-12 16-20 53-21 9-16 28-25 78-7 64-12
RK Heusenstamm 29-53 10-36 7-27 19-24 28-23 22-29 37-20 41-12
RK 03 Berlin 7-44 17-25 5-27 14-42 14-36 12-73 17-20 34-23
DRC Hannover 7-53 11-15 0-45 5-29 6-18 28-52 20-35 13-29

Key[edit]

Home win Draw Away win Game not played (awarded)

Promotion/relegation play-off[edit]

Relegation match[edit]

2009-05-21
15:00
RK 03 Berlin DRC Hannover

  • The DRC Hannover canceled the game on 18 April 2009 and voluntarily accepted relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga North/East.[13]

Semi-finals and final[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]


2009-05-16
15:00
Heidelberger RK 19 – 14 (aet) SC Neuenheim
Try: Pretorius 98'
Con: Pretorius 98'
Pen: Pretorius (3) 7', 39', 56'
Drop: Jordaan 103'
Report Try: Smit 98'
Pen: Eckert (3) 16', 40', 60'
Heidelberg
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Frank Himmer

Final[edit]

2009-05-23
14:00
SC 1880 Frankfurt 11 – 8 Heidelberger RK
Try: Kupa 36'
Pen: Kupa (2) 10', 73'
Report Try: Schliwa 20'
Pen: Pretorius 52'
Sportanlage an der Feldgerichtstrasse, Frankfurt am Main
Attendance: 3,200
Referee: Jens Reinecke
SC 1880 FRANKFURT:
FB 15 Ralph Klinghammer Substituted off 46'
RW 14 Jamie Houston
OC 13 Kuramate Tama Tuirirangi Substituted off 79'
IC 12 Daniel Preussner Substituted off 61'
LW 11 Rolf Wacha
FH 10 Corey Read
SH 9 Aaron Satchwell
N8 8 Ross Warrick
OF 7 Api Matenga Substituted off 76'
BF 6 Jason Campell
RL 5 Kieran Manawatu
LL 4 Philip Aporo Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Anton Ewald
HK 2 Bratley Langenhoven Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Russel Kupa
Substitutes:
HK 16 Marcus Seuseu Substituted in 61' Substituted off 71'
LL 17 Jovesa Naivalu Substituted in 55'
OF 18 Dennis Feidelberg Substituted in 76'
IC 19 Jannis Läpple Substituted in 61' Substituted off 79'
IC 20 Karsten Dobs Substituted in 79'
OC 21 Chris Howells Substituted in 79'
FB 22 Syd Douglas Substituted in 46'
Coach:
New Zealand Phil Stevenson
HEIDELBERGER RK:
FB 15 Frederik Potgieter
RW 14 Alexander Biskupek
OC 13 Patrick Schliwa Substituted off 65'
IC 12 Dan Armitage
LW 11 Julio David Rodriguez
FH 10 Manuel Ballerin Substituted off 77'
SH 9 Andreas Kerber Substituted off 75'
N8 8 Johannes Erasmus
OF 7 Sean Armstrong
BF 6 Pieter Johannes Jordaan
RL 5 Christopher Liebig Substituted off 40'
LL 4 Sydney Brenner
TP 3 Christoffer Neureuther
HK 2 Steffen Liebig
LP 1 Braam Pretorius
Substitutes:
RL 16 Jürgen Missal Substituted in 40'
SH 17 Sascha Fraser Substituted in 75'
FH 18 Jörg Bielinski Substituted in 77'
OC 19 Arthur Zeiler Substituted in 65'
20
21
22
Coach:
Australia Murray Archibald

Squads[edit]

2nd Bundesliga tables[edit]

South/West[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Points
1 SC 1880 Frankfurt II 18 16 0 2 778 217 561 77
2 ASV Köln Rugby 18 15 0 3 515 166 349 72
3 RG Heidelberg II 18 11 1 6 445 357 88 57
4 München RFC 18 8 1 9 451 350 91 48
5 TSV Handschuhsheim II 18 7 0 11 334 442 -108 37
6 StuSta München 18 8 0 10 270 393 -123 37
7 RC Mainz 18 6 0 12 343 513 -170 33
8 Heidelberger RK II 18 6 2 10 265 472 -207 31
9 Stuttgarter RC 18 5 1 12 256 380 -124 30
10 SG Heidelberger TV/SC Neuenheim II 18 5 1 12 259 616 -357 24

North/East[edit]

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Points
1 DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 18 18 0 0 1138 135 1003 87
2 TSV Victoria Linden 18 15 0 3 720 246 474 72
3 USV Potsdam 18 14 0 4 804 271 533 69
4 FC St Pauli Rugby 18 11 0 7 632 311 321 56
5 SG SV Odin/VfR Döhren 18 11 0 7 509 328 181 52
6 RU Hohen Neuendorf 18 9 0 9 452 401 51 45
7 SC Germania List 18 4 0 14 250 813 -563 20
8 Hamburger RC 18 4 0 14 235 891 -656 19
9 Berliner SV 92 Rugby 18 3 1 14 201 857 -656 15
10 SG Schwalbe/DRC Hannover II 18 0 1 17 114 802 -688 -7

2nd Bundesliga final[edit]

2009-05-23
12:00
DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 10 – 24 SC 1880 Frankfurt II

Referee: Scharmann

DRV-Pokal 2008-09[edit]

In 2008-09, 16 teams took part in the national cup competition, those being the eight clubs who played in the Bundesliga in 2007-08 plus the top-four of each of the two 2nd Bundesligas that season.

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                       
SC 1880 Frankfurt 51
Heidelberger RK 20
Berliner Rugby Club 7
SC 1880 Frankfurt 17
TSV Handschuhsheim II 8
Berliner Rugby Club 36
SC 1880 Frankfurt 50
DRC Hannover 2 0
FC St. Pauli 0
DRC Hannover 1 50
DRC Hannover 15
Stuttgarter RC 0
Stuttgarter RC 17
TSV Victoria Linden 10
SC 1880 Frankfurt 56
TSV Handschuhsheim 24
RG Heidelberg 45
RK 03 Berlin 3
TSV Handschuhsheim 15
RG Heidelberg 13
TSV Handschuhsheim 39
RK Heusenstamm 19
SC 1880 Frankfurt II 17
TSV Handschuhsheim 34
ASV Köln Rugby 7
SC 1880 Frankfurt II 24
SC 1880 Frankfurt II 18
DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 16
DSV 78/08 Ricklingen 10
SC Neuenheim 6

Source:"DRV-Pokal 2008-09". Rugby-web.de. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 

  • 1 Game not played, awarded to DRC Hannover.
  • 2 Game awarded to Frankfurt after Hannover cancelled the game, stating that they were unable to compete at the scheduled date and no other date being available.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DRT beschließt Reform des Spielbetriebs (German) Rugby Journal - Reforms 2008, accessed: 7 January 2009
  2. ^ Kerstin Ljungdahl profile at the Germany Rugby Referees Association website accessed: 8 January 2009
  3. ^ Dana Teagarden profile at the Germany Rugby Referees Association website accessed: 8 January 2009
  4. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader Berliner RC (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  5. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader RK 03 Berlin (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  6. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader SC 1880 Frankfurt (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  7. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader TSV Handschuhsheim (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  8. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader DRC Hannover (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  9. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader RG Heidelberg (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  10. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader Heidelberger RK (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  11. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader RK Heusenstamm (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  12. ^ 1. Bundesliga 2008/2009 - Mannschaftskader SC Neuenheim (German) totalrugby.de, accessed: 23 May 2010
  13. ^ DRC Hannover verzichtet auf Bundesliga-Playdown (German) Rugby-Journal, accessed: 16 May 2009
  14. ^ 2. Liga Süd: Punktabzüge für HRK II und RC Mainz (German) Rugby Journal, accessed: 17 May 2009
  15. ^ 2. Liga Nord: SG Schwalbe/DRC Hannover II zieht sich zurück (German) Rugby Journal, accessed: 17 May 2009
  16. ^ DRV-Pokal: DRC Hannover sagt Halbfinale ab (German) Rugby Journal, published: 8 April 2009, accessed: 15 April 2009

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