This week, after another hectic schedule due to travel and conferences with my job, I am finally able to get back and start doing some reporting on the game again. Some results coming through with internationals and also domestic comps in Italy.
NORWAY 32 GERMANY 28 – Bislett Stadion, Oslo
Two-try stand off and man of the match Tye Ingebrigsten was the star as Norway produced a shock 32-28 win in the opening clash of the European Shield, refereed by Sarah Bennison.
In a terrific result for the Scandinavian side, the ability of the Norwegians to tackle tenaciously against bigger opponents and force them into errors, was the basis of their success.
Norwegian coach Craig West commented, “I thought it was a very even game but we played really well against a physical side, which is great for the development of this team.”
Considering it is only our second year of competition, the result is a massive boost.”
“Although both sides were forced into handling errors, the German’s made theirs in their own half which gave us great field position which we used to the full.”
The visitors had the ideal start, Norway knocking on from the kick off and at the end of the opening set, winger Max Schoengen crossed, Kristian Keinhorst goaling.
Home prop Issac Schmidt was a handful throughout and it was his tackle that dislodged the ball in the German 20 and from the scrum, Ingebrigsten stepped three men to score, Erlend Meldalen converting to level.
Right winger Nils Haigh punished another lost ball by the Germans when he went across in the corner three minutes later and Ingebrigsten’s fine inside pass then sent the deserving Schmidt crashing over to make it 16-6 after 20 minutes.
German prop Ben Behr-Hayder reduced the deficit soon after and, on the half hour, the visitors thought they had levelled with a diving try in the corner following great hands but the last pass was ruled forward.
Kristian Keinhorst’s try and conversion four minutes in to the second half edged the Germans ahead but Ingebrigsten’s second and a Sonny Mellor touchdown two minutes later gave Norway a measure of control.
Lars Haigh looked to have secured a home win with a 57th minute try but Germany rallied and hooker Andy Hoggins and centre Nick Keinhorst crossed to set up a tense and nervy final four minutes.
Norway Development Manager, Warren Heilig commented, “This was an outstanding performance by our boys.”
“They weren’t great in training this week but they came out and shocked the Germans with their tenacity. We have surprised a few people with this effort, and now we are looking to improve even further and take the sport forward in Norway’.
XIII DEL DUCATO 26 GRIFONS PADOVA 16
XIII del Ducato: Stead, Ilinca, D.Muyodi, E.Muyodi, Rossi, Cenerini, Berzieri, Franchi, Barzan, Covati, Cerri, Montegudo. A disposizione Schiavi, Genev, Nannini, Pavia, Forestieri
GRIFONS Padova: Simioni, Facco, Dallara, Visentin, Portaluri, Quitadamo, Fontana, Reffo, Delhoum, Prizzon, Stanica, Paluello, Sands. A disposizione Pettenello, Simionato, Zordan, Zacchia.
Primo Tempo: 8’ m. Pavoni tr Rossi, 18’ m. Sands tr Simioni, 34’ m. Pettenello tr Simioni.
Secondo Tempo: 6’ m D.Muyodi tr Rossi, 13’ m. Pavoni tr. Rossi, 23’ m E.Muyodi, 27 m. D.Muyodi, 32’ m.Simioni.
Piacenza-based XIII Del Ducato have retained the Italian Championship after a 26-16 win over Grifons Padova in the Grand Final staged at the Stadio Augusteo di Este in Padova.
Ducato took the lead in the 8th minute, a wayward pass seeing centre Pavoni swoop and race away for the opening try, converted by Robuschi.
Showing an edge close to the ruck, Grifons hit back, Sands crossing in the 18th minute followed by Pettenello in the 34th, both tries converted by Simioni and Dallara almost went in for another just before half time as the Padovans led 12-6 at the break.
Ducato started the second half strongly with man of the match Matteo Rossi taking charge while Grifons began to lose their discipline as their error count rose.
After 46 minutes, centre Drake Muyodi went in for Ducato, Robuschi’s conversion tying up the game again and they took the lead with Pavoni’s second touchdown, also goaled by Robuschi which put the Piacenza side ahead 18-12.
With both sides increasingly desperate to claim the title at all costs, tempers flared which resulted in a yellow card for Prizzon on the hour mark.
With a man advantage, XIII del Ducato scored twice to seal victory. Edgar Muyodi going over in the 63rd minute and his brother Drake again touching down four minutes later.
The last 10 minutes saw Grifons pull out all the stops to put themselves back in contention, with a try from Simioni from a quick play.
The BARLA u17’s Great Britain tourists halt a determined Dutch effort with a show of skill, passion, strength and class with a 2nd test match win 0 – 62. The 2nd test match was set to be a tough challenge as Nederland Tasman had replaced several of their squad and the GB boys were set for a tough encounter. GB kicked off the game and the Dutch team was eager to set their stall with a solid set forward; however it was only 2mins into the game before the BARLA tourists scored when the GB pack took the ball up field and with some slick passing Nathan Sheard latched onto the ball to score in the corner.
3 minutes later and Liam Coe intercepted to race 40m up field and with the GB boys 2nd phase Nicky Ratcliffe offloaded in the tackle for Danny Morris to race in under the posts. The Dutch team then took the game to GB with some strong drives and rallying play but GB’s defence held strong and their 3rd try came after Ben Garner swooped on a loose ball and phased out to Josh Halliday who squeezed over in the corner.
Holland were now a little anxious and on their return set attempted a kick on the 1st charged down by GB, with Adam Hesketh’s punishing drive forward allowed Liam Coe to feed Perry Singleton and race in under the posts. Straight from the restart the GB pack drove back up field and on the 4th tackle captain Adam Hesketh again broke the Dutch defense when he ran over 4 would be defenders to crash over. Matty Foreman was next on the score sheet for GB following a miss kick from the Dutch and some further cute handling allowed him to dive over.
The GB Pack was now dominating the middle of the field with Mike Gibson drawing 4 and 5 Dutch players for each tackle, Perry Singleton was punishing any player that came his way with powerful tackles and shoulder charges and Adam Hesketh’s dominating runs was gaining yardage for the GB half backs to play all kinds of quality football around the park. Carl Dixon took a ball from 40m and ran a great line to score next and Hesketh bust though for his 2nd to give GB a score at the interval of 0 – 44.
In the 42nd minute Holland were penalised for a high tackle, Mike Gibson charged forward and Liam Coe’s vision saw that the Dutch fullback was out of position he kicked down field with Scott Pink collecting for a clear run in under the posts.
This now seemed to spark some life into Holland and they began to pressure the GB side with some solid forward play and great support play, a 60m break from the Dutch winger and some quick hands to the right was odds on for a certain try but Scot Pink intercepted on the GB line to prevent a Dutch score.
Hesketh again broke centre field and offloaded for Nathan Sheard to race 40m under the posts. More pressure returned by Holland and their pack was now matching GB; however Perry Singleton had other thoughts and with the giant Dutch prop driving forward Singleton produced the tackle of the series with the impact of the collision echoing around the RKDEO stadium.
The Dutch were not to be phased by this and produced some big tackles of their own, their defense was now structured and GB had to work hard to break through and gain yardage. Holland again broke clear for their own 10m and sprinted up field, Mike Gibson chased back to prevent a possible score and the GB defense rallied to hold up all the Holland had to throw.
A late challenge on the GB kicker saw the Dutch penalised and quick thinking from Karl Dixon as he took the ball to the defensive line and grubber through for Scot Pink to chase and collect for the final try of the game and a final score of Nederland Tasman 0 – BARLA Great Britain u17’s 62.
Despite the score line this was a much improved performance from Nederland Tasman and they gave the BARLA Great Britain u17s a good test match, the support from the Holland & GB spectators was very passionate and the friendship and connections made between both parties hopefully can now develop further.
Following the game after match presentations were made in the RKDEO club house and both GB & Holland celebrated the tour with drinks and some traditional rugby chants for all to enjoy.
GB Tries: Nathan Sheard (2), Daniel Morris, Josh Halliday, Perry Singleton, Adam Hesketh (2), Mathew Foreman, Carl Dixon, Scott Pink (2) Conversions: Liam Coe (8), Kieran Ford (1)
Man of the Match: Perry Singleton
Nederland Tasman Tries: – Conversions –
Referee – Warren Turley
Attendance – 368
Weather – Hot, Sunny
BARLA GB SQUAD:
Leon Crellin (Egremont Rangers), Daniel Morris (Pilkington Recs), Karl Dixon (Wath Brow Hornets), Benjamin Garner (Barrow Island), Chris Tomlinson (Glasson Rangers), Mathew Foreman (Pilkington Recs), Liam Coe (Odsal Sedbergh), James Chester (Holderness Vikings), Joshua Halliday (Siddal), Keiran Ford (Wigan St Judes), Scot Pink (Wath Brow Hornets), Michael Gibson (Pilkington Recs), Nathan Luckock (Glasson Rangers), Nathan Sheard (Hunslet Warriors), Niall Miller (Barrow Island), Perry Singleton (Barrow Island), Jordan Houghton (Thatto Heath), Samuel Day (Westgate), Nicky Ratcliffe (Leigh East), Captain Adam Hesketh (Thatto Heath), Coach Kevin Johnson
Tom Harris (BSN), Mike Vink (Den Haag), Gavin Straatman (Den Haag), Woddy Lindoorn (Amstelveen), Sebastian Brom (Amstelveen), Philip Mossman (BSN), Rik Van Balkom (Oijsterwijk), Thom Isaac (Hilversum), Bart Revet (Gouda), Captain Brent de Boude (Hilversum), Carlo Rutten (Den Haag), Jordy Hoveling (Hilversum), Krijn Twigt (Amersfoort), Jesse Jacobs (Breda), Donny van der Veen (Wateringen), David Anderson (Hoek van Holland), Tom Hiddleston (Castricum), Coach Martin Slaagt
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