The Nordic cup opener for 2013 saw competition underdogs upset the current champions. Sweden, who are usually on the receiving end of early points were turning the tables this time. While keeping possession for what felt like 20 minutes they racked up a comfortable 20 nil score line. Tim Bolton crossed the line after five minutes which cemented some confidence in the team. The experienced captain for the day, Fabian Wikander, and man of the match, converted the 4 to 6 and went on to score two tries of his own and to kick a further 6/7.
Norway hit back with 2 converted tries in the first half but they failed to capitalise on the penalties they received and at half time score was 12-30.
Both teams fought hard to the final whistle taking turns in their sets of six attacking the try line with some skilful kicks. Norway’s forwards did some hard runs as the second half closed in but Sweden dug deep with some strong tackling from the forwards, in particular 2nd Rower Nadeem Riaz and prevailed to be victors come full time.
Swedish perspective – The majority of the squad came from the newest domestic Swedish team, Skåne Crusaders. This evidently led to a better organised team with continuity where it has previously been absent. Skåne coaches, Paul Briggs and Ashley Brown, teamed up as a valuable duo but this time for the national team.
Sweden now prepare to take on Denmark at home in Kävlinge, Southern Sweden, on Saturday 3 August for what will be a tough game against the eager to win Danes as Sweden aim to make it two in a row and therefor e the Cup win.
Sweden – Tom Bolton (1 try), Fabian Wikander (2 tries, kicks 6/7), Sebastian A Hylander (1 Try), Tom Field (1 try), Nadeem Riaz (1 try), Christian Suciu (1 Try)
Norway – Magnus Sundsfjord (1 try), Kristian Elgheim (1 try), Cam Leslie (1 try), Sonny Mellor (1 try), conversions 3/4 by Kristian
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