Göteborg V Karlstads RK 8/5/15
A bad day at the office for Karlstad.
Karlstad made the trip to Göteborg for the return fixture after their 29-17 victory last week.
Despite a few absences through work and family commitments and injury, head coach Eamonn was able to call upon a similar looking XV from last Saturday.
Henrik started at loose head with Bjorn switching to the unfamilar second row position and Eric Ceder started at scrum half with an unchanged backline outside him. A lack of available players saw only 2 subsitutes in Sven and Kevin and are backs.
The game started and it was clear from the opening 5 minutes that Göteborg were up for the game much more than Karlstad, the word “revenge” was being used as motivation. The Göteborg team was almost completely changed from the one that had travelled to Karlstad, with absences and injuries affecting them the previous week.
The first half was a dull affair, a lot of scrums with only two first half Göteborg tries keeping the scoring low with Ceder missing a penalty goal attempt early in the match. Göteborg 12 – Karlstad 0 at half time.
In the second half, Karlstad self imploded. Nearly half the team were now carrying injuries and some players probably shouldn’t have still been on the field but for a lack of subs on the bench to come on. The Göteborg no.8 then stole the show, a big strong guy who arguably used his elbows in attack more than he should have been allowed, ran through the defence most of the game before either scoring himself or offloading to someone else.
Both Karlstad and Göteborg were shown a yellow card each which were “team yellow cards” for constant penalties, with Ben the victim for Karlstad. Later in the match the Göteborg scrum half received a yellow card for a stamp on Karlstad captain Andy Martin. Karlstad then lost inspirational leader Johan Tervill to a back injury as the heavy rain came down in Göteborg turning the game into a slow muddy match.
Karlstad had one decent spell of attack of note, a quick tap by Eric Ceder finding its way to Anton who made a good run who then looked for Robin 5m out from the line but they were unable to get that crucial try.
The final score was Göteborg 29 – Karlstard 0.
Special mentions must go to Berry at no.8 who was the shining light for Karlstad in attack and defence and will be irreplaceable when he returns home next month, Marcus had a soild game at 12 in attack and defence and was awarded the Karlstad man of the match. Eric Ceder was energetic and lively in attack. Mikael Blom tackled his heart out all day and Björn was very strong in defence. Anton was always looking to attack out wide when he got the chance.
It was a match when things didn’t go right for Karlstad at all and were outdone by a strong and improved Göteborg side in nearly all aspects of the game. The Karlstad performance was at 50% of their ability and the real measure of this team will be how they pick themselves up for the welcome of Vanersborg to Orrholmen on Thursday. Kick off 1500.
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