Oslo hosted their cross town rivals; Blindern in the local derby, with the winner walking away with the Per Hodne Cup. The trophy is named after Per Hodne.......
Oslo hosted their cross town rivals; Blindern in the local derby, with the winner walking away with the Per Hodne Cup. The trophy is named after Per Hodne, a stalwart of both Olso and Norwegian rugby, who has worked hard in helping rugby develop in his native Norway. The sun was out for what promised to be a bruising encounter.
Oslo kicked and immediately put Blindern under pressure, however ill discipline cost them at the breakdown. As Oslo had done all season, they played through their structures, however this time their indiscipline cost them, with too many players going off their feet at the breakdown. Finally the pressure was converted into points, with flyhallf; Robert Gannon slotting over a penalty to take Oslo into a 3-0 lead. The match continued with both teams trying to play expansive rugby but both defences were up to the challenge. Eventually the Blindern cracked, when Oslo took the ball wide after several strong forward carries, with fullback; Luke Kelgrenn-Parker scoring outside, after running over his opposite number. The score stayed at 12-3 at the half, with Oslo feeling they left a lot of points on the pitch.
The second half started with Oslo receiving, and their open side flanker; Ants Manning making a break right through the middle of the field before chipping over the top. The ball was eventually regathered by Oslo second row; Einar Ope, who was unceremoniously clotheslined by a Blindern player. There was no malice in the tackle, but the Blindern player was rightly shown a yellow card for a reckless high tackle. Oslo continued to attack but just like in the first half their indiscipline cast them, and many attacking raids were squandered. Oslo flyhalf Robert Gannon also received a yellow card and during his stint in the naughty chair Oslo showed great character to defend their line and withstand waves of Blindern attack. Once they were back to a full compliment Oslo peppered the Blindern line but were penalised for going off their feet in the breakdown which repeatedly took the pressure off of the Blindern pack. Eventually this pressure was converted into points with Fullback; Luke Kelgrenn-Parker hing over for his second.
Oslo came away with the points but left many opportunities on the pitch. The basics let them down and the team will spend the next 2 weeks working on these basics before meeting Stavanger in the final.
Best Forward: Ants Manning
Best Back: Luke Kelgrenn-parker