Oslo traveled to Lassa to take on the defending champions Stavanger on Saturday. Stavanger had gone undefeated....
Oslo traveled to Lassa to take on the defending champions Stavanger on Saturday. Stavanger had gone undefeated in both 7s and 15s in the last 2 seasons so the lads knew the match was going to be tough. The atmosphere in the locker room was great, with every players locked in and focused.
Oslo started off well, taking a pressure kick off through Pascal Raclin before establishing their game plan. It wasn't long before Oslo converted their early pressure into points through the boot of flyhalf Robert Gannon. 3 soon became 6, 9 and then 12 as Oslo knew points would be hard to come by in this clash. Oslo had a brand new midfield combination with Ruan "The Punisher" Barnard and Steve "Da Rock" Awah, who proved to be solid in both defence and attack. Both players laid on some big shots in their debut match which was great to see! Oslo took a 7 point lead into the half as Nathan Cummins scored just before the break.
The boys kept their focus at half time knowing that the home team would come out of the blocks firing. The second half started much like the first, with Oslo absorbing some pressure and driving down field to score a try of their own. What looked more like Fijian flair than tactical rugby, ended with Oslo stalwart Pascal Raclin scoring underneath the posts and you could tell by the reaction of his teammates that it meant a lot. However, Stavanger game back scoring a well worked try through their big number 8 in the corner, making the score 10-19. Stavanger game back again, scoring another try through Nathan Cummins to take the score to 17-19. At this point Oslo dug deep and rallied driving the ball down field and scoring a field goal to Robert Gannon, taking the score to 17-22.
The last 10 minutes of the match had the home crowd on the edge of their seats. Stavanger, taking advantage of some Oslo indiscipline peppered the Oslo line but were repelled but some stout defence. It wasn't flashy but it was gutsy, an effort for the traditionalists. Stavanger had a chance to win the match, but a great defensive play by winger Adriaan Botha; coming off his line to stop the ball from getting to the overlap, iced the match.
Man of the Match: Robert Gannon