It was a mild spring day in Oslo for the opening match of the Swedish West League, with Oslo, a combined Oslo and Blindern team, to take on Vänersborg side. Vänersborg topped the table last year, so Oslo Fusion
It was a mild spring day in Oslo for the opening match of the Swedish West League, with Oslo, a combined Oslo and Blindern team, to take on Vänersborg side. Vänersborg topped the table last year, so Oslo Fusion knew they were in for a tough match on the day.
Oslo spent the first 5 minutes of the match absorbing a lot of pressure inside their own 22, with Vänersborg coming away with the first points of the match via a penalty shot at goal. However, Oslo rallied and moved the ball upfield, with debutant fly half Will Hodgson scoring the first try of the match after some good interplay between the forwards and the backs. The next try came off the back of a missed kick for touch, with winger Thomas Bichard-Bréaud running the ball from inside his own 22, and offloading to Danish International Christian “Fiji” Melgaard scoring in the corner. Once again Oslo were camped inside their 22 after several penalties, which almost led to a Vänersborg try. Oslo rallied and moved the ball up the field with strong carries from their forwards, and some great running from their backs only to be tackled 10 metres short of the try line. The ball was shifted 3 wide from the ruck, where Man of the Match, Martin Skovly seemed to carry 3 Vänersborg defenders over the line, to have Oslo lead 17-3 at the half.
After the kick off, Oslo picked up where they left off, playing some brilliant running rugby, with another try to Melgaard, after a quick line out from Thomas Bichard-Bréaud. In another display of great counter attacking rugby, Oslo scored another long distance try through another debutant, this time Thibault Fliche, showing great pace and footwork to score in the corner. But Oslo were not done yet! The team had stuck to their patterns, and were once again in for a try. This time winger Adriaan Botha finishing off some great interplay between the forwards and the backs with a try in the corner. It was at this point that Oslo seemed to take their foot off the peddle and let Vänersborg back into the game, with poor discipline costing them territory and then a yellow card for repeated infringements at the ruck. Vänersborg took full advantage, scoring 2 tries to narrow the gap. However, as had been the case the entire match, Oslo rallied to scored one of the tries of the match, with great interplay between backs and forwards to see Robert Gannon go over for the final try of the match.
All in all, the crowd was treated to a great game of running rugby, as Oslo Fusion came out victors, 41 points to 18.