2013–14 Rugby-Bundesliga

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2013–14 Rugby-Bundesliga
Countries  Germany
Champions Heidelberger RK (8th title)
Promoted RU Hohen Neuendorf
SG Siemensstadt/Grizzlies
Relegated 08 Ricklingen/Wunsdorf
Veltener RC
USV Potsdam Rugby
RC Mainz
TuS 95 Düsseldorf

The 2013–14 Rugby-Bundesliga was the 43rd edition of this competition and the 94th edition of the German rugby union championship. In the Rugby-Bundesliga, twenty-four teams played in, initially, four regional divisions, the first stage of the competition, followed by a championship round of sixteen clubs and, finally, the play-offs consisting of twelve teams. The season started on 24 August 2013 and finished with the championship final on 21 June 2014 in Pforzheim, interrupted by a winter break from 8 December to 22 February.[1] The regular season finished on 19 April and the play-offs started on 3 May, with the German championship final held on 21 June 2014, which was contested between TV Pforzheim and Heidelberger RK.[2] Heidelberg won its fifth consecutive national championship when it defeated Pforzheim 43–20 in the final.[3][4]

The defending champions were Heidelberger RK who defeated SC Neuenheim in the 2013 final to take out its ninth championship and fourth in a row. Heidelberger RK remained unbeaten throughout the 2013–14 regular season, as it had been all throughout the 2012–13 Rugby-Bundesliga season, having last lost in the Bundesliga on 1 November 2011, when HRK was beaten 26–24 by TV Pforzheim.

Overview[edit]

The league saw only minor changes compare to the previous season, playing at full strength of 24 clubs in 2013–14 instead of only 22. Promoted to the league were 08 Ricklingen/Wunstorf, TuS 95 Düsseldorf and Veltener RC while RC Luxembourg had withdrawn from the competition.

The first stage of the competition, the Vorrunde, saw four six-team groupes in which each team played the other five just once. This stage finished in late September after which the second stage started, the Qualifikationsphase, in which the top teams each from the southern and the western group play each other in one group while the top teams from the north and east play each other in another. A new addition compare to the previous season was that the fourth placed team from each division would play the fifth placed in the opposite group to determine the last two places in the second round. The six teams not qualified for the Qualifikationsphase entered the DRV-Pokal, the German rugby union cup, together with the top eight teams of the 2nd Bundesliga. The 2nd Bundesliga teams not qualified for the DRV-Pokal in turn played for the Liga Pokal.

In the second stage the teams within a group would play each other in a home-and-away format, with the teams that already played each other in the first stage carrying over those results. Of the sixteen clubs the best six in each group now qualified for the knock-out stage. The knock-out stage was played in a single-game format with the higher seeded team enjoying home advantage and the winner advancing to the next round.

Bundesliga tables & results[edit]

First stage[edit]

In the first stage twenty-four clubs played in four groups. Within each group each team played the other just once. The best three teams advanced directly to the second stage while the teams placed fourth and fifth had to play a qualifying decider.

North[edit]

The division table:[5][6]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 DSV 78 Hannover 5 5 0 0 439 26 413 5 25
2 FC St. Pauli Rugby 5 4 0 1 135 95 40 2 18
3 SC Germania List 5 3 0 2 87 153 –66 1 13
4 TSV Victoria Linden 5 2 0 3 94 180 –86 3 11
5 08 Ricklingen/Wunstorf 5 1 0 4 84 187 –103 4 8
6 Hamburger RC 5 0 0 5 59 257 –198 1 1

East[edit]

The division table:[6][8]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 Berliner Rugby Club 5 5 0 0 356 21 335 5 25
2 RK 03 Berlin 5 4 0 1 348 76 272 4 18
3 Berliner SV 92 Rugby 5 2 0 3 132 185 –53 3 9
4 RC Leipzig 5 2 0 3 78 283 –205 1 9
5 Veltener RC 5 1 0 4 83 304 –221 2 6
6 USV Potsdam Rugby 5 1 0 4 108 236 –128 2 4
  • Relegated: Veltener RC, USV Potsdam Rugby
  • Promoted: RU Hohen Neuendorf, SG Siemensstadt/Grizzlies

West[edit]

The division table:[6][9]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 RK Heusenstamm 5 5 0 0 325 43 282 4 24
2 SC 1880 Frankfurt 5 4 0 1 251 55 196 4 20
3 ASV Köln Rugby 5 3 0 2 76 162 –86 0 12
4 RC Mainz 5 2 0 3 125 200 –75 1 9
5 RC Aachen 5 1 0 4 75 216 –141 2 6
6 TuS 95 Düsseldorf 5 0 0 5 18 194 –176 0 0
  • Relegated: RC Mainz, TuS 95 Düsseldorf
  • Promoted: none

South[edit]

The division table:[6][10]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 Heidelberger RK 5 5 0 0 280 46 234 5 25
2 TV Pforzheim 5 4 0 1 305 79 226 4 18
3 TSV Handschuhsheim 5 2 1 2 112 198 –86 1 11
4 RG Heidelberg 5 2 0 3 132 177 –45 2 10
5 SC Neuenheim 5 1 1 3 120 99 21 3 7
6 Heidelberger TV 5 0 0 5 47 397 –350 0 –2
  • SC Neuenheim and Heidelberger TV deducted two points each.
  • Relegated: none
  • Promoted: none

Qualifying matches[edit]

Four qualifying matches were held to determine the last four clubs to enter the second stage. The fourth placed club in the southern division played the fifth placed team in the western division and the fourth placed western club the fifth placed southern team. The same system applied to the northern and eastern division. The winners of the four games advanced to the second stage while the losers had to enter the DRV-Pokal.[11]

North-East[edit]

28 September 2013
RC Leipzig 7 – 29 08 Ricklingen/Wunstorf

28 September 2013
TSV Victoria Linden 88 – 5 Veltener RC

South-West[edit]

28 September 2013
RG Heidelberg 108 – 0 RC Aachen

2 October 2013
SC Neuenheim 124 – 0 RC Mainz

Second stage[edit]

In the second stage sixteen clubs played in two groups of eight clubs each. Within each group each team played the others home and away except for the match-ups that already had been played in the first round. The results of those were carried over. The best six teams in each group qualified for the play-offs and were seeded according to the final standings.

North-East[edit]

The division table:[12][13]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 DSV 78 Hannover 12 12 0 0 754 127 627 11 59
2 Berliner Rugby Club 12 9 0 3 466 179 287 8 44
3 RK 03 Berlin 12 8 0 4 427 179 293 9 41
4 SC Germania List 12 6 0 6 319 399 –80 3 27
5 FC St. Pauli Rugby 12 6 0 6 264 315 –51 0 24
6 TSV Victoria Linden 12 2 0 10 187 443 –256 1 9
7 Berliner SV 92 Rugby 12 1 0 11 75 895 –820 0 2
8 08 Ricklingen/Wunstorf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • 08 Ricklingen/Wunstorf withdrew at the end of March 2014 because of a lack of players and was removed from competition, an automatic process after failing to field a team on two occasions.[14]

South-West[edit]

The division table:[13][15]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 Heidelberger RK 14 14 0 0 1108 68 1040 14 70
2 TV Pforzheim 14 12 0 2 922 213 709 12 60
3 SC Neuenheim 14 8 1 5 420 326 94 8 42
4 RG Heidelberg 14 8 0 6 390 392 –2 6 38
5 RK Heusenstamm 14 6 0 8 342 601 –259 6 30
6 TSV Handschuhsheim 14 4 1 9 285 473 –188 5 23
7 SC 1880 Frankfurt 14 3 0 11 231 733 –502 4 16
8 ASV Köln Rugby 14 0 0 14 96 989 –892 0 –2
  • ASV Köln Rugby deducted two points for failing to field in the away game against TV Pforzheim on 12 December 2013.

Play-off stage[edit]

In the play-offs the twelve qualified teams played four rounds. The best two clubs in each division received a bye for the first round and entered in the quarter finals stage. The first round was played on 26 April, with one game held a week later. The quarter finals were held on 3 May, except one game which was held on 10 May. The semi finals were held on 17 May, followed by a break of over one month before the final was played on 21 June:[2]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
    Heidelberg, 3 May        
Berlin, 26 April
  Heidelberger RK   76
  RK 03 Berlin   33 Heidelberg, 17 May
    RK 03 Berlin   12  
  RK Heusenstamm   19     Heidelberger RK   101
  Berlin, 3 May
Heidelberg, 26 April     Berliner Rugby Club   5  
  Berliner Rugby Club   31
  RG Heidelberg   101 Pforzheim, 21 June
    RG Heidelberg   24  
  TSV Victoria Linden   10     Heidelberger RK   43
  Hanover, 10 May
Heidelberg, 3 May     TV Pforzheim   20
  DSV 78 Hannover   29
  SC Neuenheim   55 Hanover, 17 May
    SC Neuenheim   13  
  FC St. Pauli   3     DSV 78 Hannover   13
  Pforzheim, 3 May
Hanover, 26 April     TV Pforzheim   44  
  TV Pforzheim   84
  SC Germania List   22
    TSV Handschuhsheim   7  
  TSV Handschuhsheim   31  

DRV-Pokal tables & results[edit]

The eight worst clubs in the first stage of the Bundesliga entered the DRV-Pokal for 2013–14, together with the eight best clubs from the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga. The DRV-Pokal ranks as a second tier to the German championship but also functioned as a qualifying competition for the 2014–15 Rugby-Bundesliga. The modus for the DRV-Pokal was the same as for the German championship, with a second stage with two divisions of eight teams, followed by the play-offs made up of the best twelve teams, with the top two in each division receiving a bye for the first round.

Group stage[edit]

North-East[edit]

The division table:[16]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 RC Leipzig 14 12 0 2 546 226 320 11 59
2 Hamburger RC 14 11 0 3 532 179 353 11 55
3 RU Hohen Neuendorf 14 8 2 4 462 272 190 8 44
4 SG Siemensstadt/Grizzlies 14 7 1 6 449 364 85 7 37
5 USV Potsdam Rugby 14 7 1 6 313 342 –29 6 36
6 Bremen 1860 14 3 0 11 239 484 –245 4 16
7 Veltener RC 14 3 0 11 217 613 –396 4 16
8 DRC Hannover 14 3 0 11 183 461 –278 2 14

South-West[edit]

The division table:[17]

Club Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Points
1 Heidelberger TV 14 13 1 0 605 113 492 12 66
2 RC Rottweil 14 11 0 3 483 194 289 7 51
3 München RFC 14 8 1 5 318 229 89 4 38
4 RC Aachen 14 7 0 7 379 249 130 7 35
5 TSV Handschuhsheim II 14 6 0 8 350 328 22 6 30
6 RC Mainz 14 5 0 9 325 295 30 6 26
7 TuS 95 Düsseldorf 14 4 0 10 143 479 –336 0 16
8 Eintracht Frankfurt Rugby 14 1 0 13 116 832 –716 2 6
  • Denotes 2013–14 Bundesliga club.

Play-off stage[edit]

The 2013–14 final was played on 28 June 2014 in Rottweil. The play-offs for the DRV-Pokal started on 10 May 2014.[18] The final was originally to be contested between RC Leipzig and Heidelberger TV but Leipzig's semi final win against RC Rottweil was later converted into a win for Rottweil because the former used an ineligible player.[19]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
    Leipzig, 24 May        
München, 10 May
  RC Leipzig   46
  München RFC   15 Leipzig,14 June
    USV Potsdam Rugby   11  
  USV Potsdam Rugby   32     RC Leipzig   0
  Rottweil, 24 May
Berlin, 10 May     RC Rottweil   50  
  RC Rottweil   33
  SG S'stadt/Grizzlies   29 Rottweil, 28 June
    SG S'stadt/Grizzlies   12  
  RC Mainz   21     RC Rottweil   5
  Heidelberg, 24 May
Hohen Neuendorf, 10 May     Heidelberger TV   11
  Heidelberger TV   78
  RU Hohen Neuendorf  31 Heidelberg, 14 June
    RU Hohen Neuendorf   0  
  TSV H'schuhsheim II   16     Heidelberger TV   36
  Hamburg, 24 May
Aachen, 10 May     RC Aachen   17  
  Hamburger RC   10
  RC Aachen   26
    RC Aachen   23  
  Bremen 1860   8  

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Rugby Spielpläne - 2013/2014 – BL Meisterrunde (in German) www.rugbyweb.de, accessed: 8 May 2014
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