2010–11 Rugby-Bundesliga

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2010–11 Rugby-Bundesliga
Countries  Germany
 Luxembourg
Champions Heidelberger RK (8th title)
Promoted TV Pforzheim
Relegated none, expansion of league
Top point scorer New Zealand Keiran Manawatu (282)
Top try scorer New Zealand Caine Elisara (27)

The 2010–11 Rugby-Bundesliga was the 40th edition of this competition and the 91st edition of the German rugby union championship. In the Rugby-Bundesliga, the first division, nine teams played a home-and-away season with a finals round between the top four teams at the end. The season started on 28 August 2010 and finish with the championship final on 28 May 2011, interrupted by a winter break from December to late February. Cold weather and heavy snow falls however meant that the last game before the winter break was played already on 6 November 2010.[1]

The championship was won by Heidelberger RK, the defending champion, who defeated SC 1880 Frankfurt 12-9 in the final, marking the third season in a row that these two teams played each other in the championship game, being the only two professional sides in German rugby.[2] Heidelberg had won the 2010 final while Frankfurt triumphed in 2009. It as the eighth championship for HRK. The two finalists of 2009 and 2010 are the only two clubs in Germany considered professional, the remaining clubs and players are all amateurs.[3]

Below the Rugby-Bundesliga sits the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga, which is divided into two divisions with ten teams each. With the RC Luxembourg, a team from Luxembourg, a non-German side competes in the league in 2010-11, the club having joined the German league system in 2009.[4]

In the 2nd Bundesliga, TV Pforzheim won the championship and promotion without dropping a game, while northern champion TSV Victoria Linden declined promotion for a second year in a row.

Overview[edit]

The 2009-10 modus is identical to the previous season. However, the competition had been reduced from ten to nine teams, after the withdrawal of the ASV Köln Rugby during last season and no team from the 2nd Bundesliga accepting promotion.[5] Like in 2008-09, the top four teams qualify for the finals. The two semi-finals winners then contested the championship final.

At the bottom end of the table, nominally the last two teams are relegated while the 2nd Rugby-Bundesliga champions are promoted, however, this is subject to the 2nd Bundesliga champions accepting promotion and a decision on the league strength for 2011-12. In February 2011, the DRV decided that the league would continue to play with ten teams in the future.[6]

As a sign of the gap between the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga, TSV Victoria Linden, who only won the 2009-10 North/East division in the last round of the championship, declined promotion, citing the additional cost of travelling and the limited player pool as their reason. The South/West champion, Stuttgarter RC, also declined promotion because of the loss of eight first-team players at the end of the season, originally leaving the Bundesliga with only eight clubs for the next season.[7][8] DSV 78 protested the decision to reduce the league to eight teams again and thereby relegating the club,[9] and was ultimately permitted to stay in the league.

In the 2nd Bundesliga, SC Siemensstadt and TV Pforzheim are new teams for 2010-11, while FT Adler Kiel Rugby and RC Mainz were relegated. A third team, the Karlsruher SV Rugby, withdrew from the league during the 2009-10 season.

After suffering nine defeats in eleven games, the SC Siemensstadt withdrew its team from the North/East division of the 2nd Bundesliga in March 2011.[10]

Bundesliga table[edit]

The final standings in the table:

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Bonus
points
Points
1 Heidelberger RK 16 15 0 1 924 120 804 15 75
2 SC 1880 Frankfurt 16 14 0 2 849 237 612 12 68
3 TSV Handschuhsheim 16 11 0 5 468 439 29 9 53
4 RG Heidelberg 16 9 0 7 512 264 248 8 44
5 SC Neuenheim 16 9 0 7 380 395 -15 8 44
6 Berliner Rugby Club 16 7 0 9 281 471 -190 6 34
7 DSV 78 Hannover 16 4 0 12 265 594 -329 4 20
8 RK 03 Berlin 16 2 0 14 195 688 -493 2 10
9 RK Heusenstamm 16 1 0 15 183 849 -666 3 7
  • Relegated: None, league expanded to ten teams in 2011-12
  • Promoted: TV Pforzheim

Bundesliga results[edit]

The results of the Bundesliga in 2010–11:[11]

Club HRK SCF TSV RGH SCN BRC DSV RKB RKH
Heidelberger RK 36–6 44–9 19–10 31–7 74–18 84–0 60–5 112–0
SC 1880 Frankfurt 16–14 72–35 43–29 19–17 57–0 80–0 92–17 69–12
TSV Handschuhsheim 10–64 29–22 18–9 13–22 50–24 41–10 44–15 47–21
RG Heidelberg 17–27 21–30 13–20 28–24 16–9 43–16 47–12 84–0
SC Neuenheim 3–53 7–81 25–33 13–32 51–13 31–26 27–11 51–7
Berliner Rugby Club 0–71 10–22 23–25 18–14 8–14 32–20 25–15 29–12
DSV 78 Hannover 0–48 5–84 40–31 8–17 10–18 13–14 19–13 53–11
RK 03 Berlin 12–87 5–49 17–38 0–50 15–43 7–37 32–22 11–10
RK Heusenstamm 7–100 0–107 18–25 7–82 15–27 10–21 15–23 38–8

Key[edit]

Home win Draw Away win

Player statistics[edit]

Try scorers[edit]

The leading try scores in the Rugby-Bundesliga 2010–11 season were (10 tries or more):

Player Club Tries
New Zealand Caine Elisara Heidelberger RK 27
New Zealand Keiran Manawatu SC 1880 Frankfurt 26
Georgia (country) Shalva Didebashvili SC Neuenheim 15
Germany Mustafa Güngör RG Heidelberg 13
South Africa Pieter Jordaan Heidelberger RK 13
Australia Sean Armstrong Heidelberger RK 12
New Zealand Wayne Hughson SC 1880 Frankfurt 12
Germany Tim Kasten Heidelberger RK 12
Germany Alexander Pipa TSV Handschuhsheim 12
Zimbabwe Manasah Sita SC Neuenheim 12
Germany Anjo Buckman Heidelberger RK 11
Germany Steffen Liebig Heidelberger RK 11
Fiji Peniasi Loco Tokacece SC 1880 Frankfurt 10

Point scorers[edit]

The leading point scores in the 2010–11 Rugby-Bundesliga season were (100 points or more):

Player Club Points
New Zealand Keiran Manawatu SC 1880 Frankfurt 282
Germany Fabian Heimpel RG Heidelberg 167
Germany Steffen Liebig Heidelberger RK 143
New Zealand Caine Elisara Heidelberger RK 137
Germany Matthias Pipa TSV Handschuhsheim 133
South Africa Pieter Jordaan Heidelberger RK 109

Per club[edit]

The top try and point scorers per club were:

Club Player Tries Player Points
Berliner RC [12] Germany Sebastian Freund 4 Germany Christian Schubert 76
RK 03 Berlin [13] Germany Christian Lill 5 Germany Marc Lowdon 73
SC 1880 Frankfurt [14] New Zealand Keiran Manawatu 26 New Zealand Keiran Manawatu 282
TSV Handschuhsheim [15] Germany Alexander Pipa 12 Germany Matthias Pipa 133
DSV 78 Hannover [16] Germany Benjamin Simm
Germany Pascal Fischer
4 Germany Marvin Dieckmann 80
RG Heidelberg [17] Germany Mustafa Güngör 13 Germany Fabian Heimpel 167
Heidelberger RK [18] New Zealand Caine Elisara 27 Germany Steffen Liebig 143
RK Heusenstamm [19] Germany Torsten Krapscha 5 Germany Pascal Schuster 53
SC Neuenheim [20] Georgia (country) Shalva Didebashvili 15 Germany Lars Eckert 54

Semi-finals and final[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

2011-05-21
15:00
SC 1880 Frankfurt 41 – 9 TSV Handschuhsheim
Report
Sportanlage an der Feldgerichtstrasse, Frankfurt
Attendance: 300
Referee: Jan Craenen

2011-05-22
15:00
Heidelberger RK 38 – 11 RG Heidelberg
Report
Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg
Referee: Florian Forstmeyer

Final[edit]

The 2011 final of the Rugby-Bundesliga was a closely contested game. Frankfurt lead the game from early on until almost the end of regular time. A late try by New Zealander Jesse Westerlund however equalised Frankfurt's lead, followed by a conversion by South African Pieter Jordaan. A desperate attack by Frankfurt in injury time was not rewarded and Heidelberg was able to defend its narrow lead and thereby its German title.[21][22]

2011-05-28
16:00
SC 1880 Frankfurt 9 – 12 Heidelberger RK
Pen: Manawatu (3) 6', 15', 24'
Report Try: Widiker 31', Westerlund 80'
Con: Jordaan 80'
Sportanlage an der Feldgerichtstrasse, Frankfurt
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Frank Himmer
SC 1880 FRANKFURT:
FB 15 Keiran Manawatu
RW 14 Carlos Soteras Merz
OC 13 Mark Sztyndera
IC 12 Graham Smith
LW 11 Sam Leung-Wai Substituted off 3'
FH 10 Jason Campell
SH 9 Chad Shepherd
N8 8 Timo Vollenkemper Substituted off 63'
OF 7 Peniasi Loco Tokacece
BF 6 Eugene Smith Substituted off 52'
RL 5 Alexander Hauck
LL 4 Daniel Preussner Substituted off 54'
TP 3 Josh Keys Substituted off 63'
HK 2 John Pareanga
LP 1 Sam Biddles
Substitutes:
LW Anton Ewald Substituted in 3'
BF Benjamin Krimer Substituted in 52'
LL Rolf Wacha Substituted in 54'
TP Chad Slaby Substituted in 63'
N8 Jannis Läpple Substituted in 63'
Coach:
New Zealand Aaron Satchwell
HEIDELBERGER RK:
FB 15 Steffen Liebig
RW 14 Christopher Neureuther Substituted off 77'
OC 13 Rafael Pyrasch
IC 12 Pieter Johannes Jordaan
LW 11 Anjo Buckman
FH 10 Jesse Westerlund
SH 9 Sean Armstrong
N8 8 Caine Elisara
OF 7 Kehoma Brenner
BF 6 Tim Kasten
RL 5 Julio David Rodriguez
LL 4 Dan Armitage Substituted off 40'
TP 3 Patrick Schliwa
HK 2 Alexander Widiker Temporarily suspended from 45' to 55' 45' to 55'
LP 1 Arthur Zeiler Substituted off 88'
Substitutes:
LL Benjamin Danso Substituted in 40'
RW Christopher LiebigSubstituted in 77'
LP Alexander Biskupek Substituted in 88'
Coach:
South Africa Kobus Potgieter

2nd Bundesliga tables[edit]

South/West[edit]

The final standings in the table:

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Bonus
points
Points
1 TV Pforzheim 18 18 0 0 1,229 177 1,052 18 90
2 RC Luxembourg 18 14 0 4 476 244 232 8 64
3 München RFC 18 9 2 7 408 352 56 12 52
4 TSV Handschuhsheim II 18 10 0 8 414 435 -21 11 51
5 Heidelberger RK II 18 10 0 8 516 454 62 10 50
6 ASV Köln Rugby 18 8 1 9 446 414 32 11 45
7 SC 1880 Frankfurt II 18 6 0 12 400 532 -132 8 32
8 RG Heidelberg II 18 6 2 10 370 569 -199 5 31
9 Stuttgarter RC 18 4 1 13 267 698 -431 6 22
10 StuSta München 18 2 0 16 191 842 -651 1 9

North/East[edit]

The final standings in the table:

Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Difference Bonus
points
Points
1 TSV Victoria Linden 16 13 1 2 618 251 367 13 67
2 FC St Pauli Rugby 16 12 1 3 528 250 278 14 64
3 SC Germania List 16 12 0 4 460 249 211 10 58
4 RU Hohen Neuendorf 16 9 1 6 430 298 132 12 50
5 USV Potsdam 16 7 1 8 501 427 74 6 36
6 SG SV Odin/VfR Döhren 16 5 0 11 221 581 -360 3 23
7 DRC Hannover 16 5 0 11 231 505 -274 2 22
8 Berliner RC II 16 4 0 12 249 492 -243 5 21
9 Hamburger RC 16 3 0 13 239 424 -185 5 17
10 SC Siemensstadt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2nd Bundesliga final[edit]

2011-05-28
14:00
TV Pforzheim 89 – 0 TSV Victoria Linden
Sportplatz an der Feldgerichtstraße, Frankfurt am Main
Referee: Forstmeyer

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