Karlstads RK Vs Gothenburg Report
This is our match report (written By Andy martin) we will try to get both a match report and preview for every game this season. Would also like to thank Laith Al Qudah for the images
Karlstad welcomed Göteborg to Orrholmen for their second game of the Division 1 West league. After a disappointing loss to Oslo a couple weeks ago, the team knew that home advantage would play a big part against a team they hadn’t played in several years.
Head Coach Eamonn was reluctant to make too many changes to the team that fought so valiantly in Oslo. Two changes in the pack with Anthony De Kock starting his first game at hooker, and vice captain Mikael Blom coming in from centre on the blindside flank.
In the backline, Marcus Nyren moved from full back to inside centre and the experienced Roffe Jacobson starting at fullback. On the bench there was welcome return for Eric Ceder and a first game for Erik Vik.
Conditions at Orrholmen were perfect and a good crowd was there to welcome the team onto the pitch. Before the match a minutes silence was held in remembrance of two Club members. Nancy Björk and Stefan Lindén who sadly passed recently. It was also touching to see Stig and the boys come to support the team
Karlstad started the game well, with both forwards and backs settling in to the game well; the forwards winning their rucks and backs getting good attacking ball. Karlstad soon found themselves with good attacking ball inside the Göteborg 22m line, and a resulting scrum saw No.8 Berry pick and go from the scrum and with both flankers in support it was vice captain Blom, celebrating his bachelor party throughout the day, who got the opening try. Conversion missed.
Göteborg hit back immediately, with their big ball carriers hitting the ball up and then spreading the ball wide quickly, attempting to use their speedy Sevens rugby players. Karlstad defended for a long period of time, gave away a couple silly penalties and eventually Göteborg broke through the defensive line to tie the game. Conversion missed.
The game was turning into a fantastic spectacle to watch, as from the resulting kick off, captain Andy Martin won a penalty from the kick off chase and opted to kick to the corner. The forwards set up a superb driving maul, driving Göteborg backwards over 15m and it was captain Andy Martin at the back of the maul to score the home team’s second try – but this was definitely one for all the forwards. Conversion missed.
Half time score: Karlstad 15 – Göteborg 5.
After half time it was a rejuvenated Karlstad side, their intensity picked up and they began to play some beautiful running rugby, offloading the ball and running at pace. It was only a matter of time before they scored, and quick ball from the ruck got to Johan Tervill who passed to Martin running at an angle through the defence to go over for his second try. Conversion successful from replacement scrum half Eric Ceder who took up kicking duties.
The running rugby continued from both sides, the Göteborg side looking to get their fast backs to run with the ball, but all credit to Karlstad’s defence, with some big hits coming from Berry, Marcus, Blom and Bjorn who contained them for the most part.
Karlstad managed two more tries – outside Anton Johansson scoring a well worked try through good hands and running rugby, and second row Mattias “Ragge” Karlsson popping up on the wing, sprinting from 30m along the wing like a gazelle for his try. Man of the match Ben Mwenda being at the heart of both tries. Ceder converted one of the kicks to make the score Karlstad 29 – Göteborg 5.
The last 15 minutes of the match remains up for discussion. All credit to Göteborg who never gave up and continued to attack using their big strong runners to good effect. But the referee, who had a fantastic first half by letting the game flow and allowing both teams to play good running rugby, started to use his whistle alot more and it appeared to be going against Karlstad at nearly every other ruck. Some of the penalties were justified – Karlstad giving away silly penalties at the rucks coming in from the side and lying over the ball, whilst other penalties were very dubious and it eventually resulted in a yellow card to replacement Henrik Eriksson which was in reality a team card for continuous penalties.
Karlstad continued to defend but Göteborg managed two tries to finish the game.
Final score Karlstad 29 – Göteborg 17.
Karlstad will be delighted with their performance and especially in the second half by stepping up the intensity and playing some fantastic, exciting attacking rugby. There will be some interesting video analysis about the final 15 minutes – did Karlstad go to sleep, did Göteborg step up their performance or were the relentless penalties against Karlstad justified?
The man of the match award could have went to five different players – “Ragge”, Andy Martin, Berry, Robin Klemets and Ben all having great games. The front row of Martin Petterson, Anthony De Kock and Bjorn were superb throughout the game as was Blom at blindside and Johan Tervill gave his usual hard working performance. In the backs, Marcus Nyren has found his position at inside centre and Anton Johansson was his usual energetic determined self and defensively very strong. Eric Ceder was superb off the bench, bringing energy and aggression and it was great to have him back in the team.
It was a fantastic day for Karlstad Rugby Klubb –a good win on the pitch for the seniors, great support of over 50 people there to cheer us on, and 17 children aged 7-10 years old at the club’s first Mini rugby training session in the morning. Rugby is definitely moving in the right direction in Karlstad and long may it continue.