Match Report KRK Vs Baa Baas

Match Report KRK Vs Baa Baas

 

After what is the longest period without playing during standard season in our history circa 10 weeks we returned to action on Saturday and the weather gods were kind to us. Orrholmen looked immaculate, a top level field, new kits, loads of new sponsors on display and facilities to be proud of We had a decent crowd but were sadly missing a fair few regular attendees to the big festival in the city centre and to the last of the summer weather

 

Andy Rises at the lineout

Karlstad MOM Alex durand

We had a mixed bag of good and bad news for our starting line-up. Alex re-signed from Attila at the last minute after much ringing and emailing and more about his return later. Similarly Mike rohm came out of exile and was a considerable presence as well, Ashley Miles also joined us an experienced player from Scotland which adds great depth to the squad plus Jamie came back over from helmet ball for a game with a view to playing a few times a season with us. On the negative we had big players whom we knew about missing which included big Marty Pettersson, Andy martin, Owen thomas and two newcomers of serious potential in Kjell and Tjakko. But sadly for family reasons we got a last minute drop out from a pivotal player in Eric Ceder meaning not only did we miss his exceptional energy and aggression we were also forced into playing players in positions they weren’t used to or fully aware of in a positional sense.

 

Andy Rises at the lineout

Micke Blom breaking the defence

Saying that we started the brighter of the two teams and in effect controlled all aspects of play for the first 25 minutes, we took only 3 points from this level of possession and in parts due to exiles exceptional organisation in defence and in parts due to some poor decision making. This was something we would pay a price for because at any level that scale of possession has to equate to points on the board, exiles when they got into the swing of things were smart they saw where we were at odds and were clinical running the gaps and also for the first two tries we may as well have stuck a bow on the ball and carried them over for the sheer lack of defence that was in place. So here comes the bit about Alex. We know for years Alex is a cracking player and also has a French fiery temper, but on his day one of the best second rows in the country. Saturday was one of those days our best player by a country mile, to the point that our opposition were unanimous in praise for him and sadly very few took their cues from him on the sheer desire to stop all in his path. I had his tackle count at about 30 come end of the game, one of the best defensive performances in a KRK jersey I have seen in years by anyone. Sadly we also lost a front rower, scrumhalf and our full back all to injury before the second half and were forced into other changes some worked some didn’t but tobbe did his magic to ensure we retained some shape and didn’t totally capitulate.

To be fair Exiles were meeting a stronger defence in the second half but they are a well organised unit who know how to win and they put in 4 more unanswered tries and although we pressured them we were kept at bay by excellent defence and that combined with clinical finishing provided a hard to read final score of 3-46.

 

Andy Rises at the lineout

Anthon cant prevent another score

Some valid mentions must go to Tervell who does what he has been doing since I came to this club, putting in a workhorse shift without complaint. Marcus Nyrén another sterling defensive display and our only points scorer and showing this move to number 12 has put him on track for another player of the year trophy if he keeps these displays up. Henrik Eriksson and our front row also deserve a lot of praise they weren’t for breaking and Henke himself put in his best display to date worked his ass off and stood tall for the full 80 minutes. Also the two debutants Jamie and Ashley can hold their heads high. An extra special mention to Kevin Anderson, Kev has had it tough in recent times and has always offered his body up to fill some space when needed, but Saturday he got called in far quicker than expected as roffe was injured mid-way in the first half. Kev not renowned for his physicality was the proud owner for the 3 best tackles of the game, the best of all was stopping a near certain try from exiles powerful and athletic number 3 when kev put in a text book tackle to prevent an almost certain extra 5 points for exiles and then produced two more try savers for good measure

 

Andy Rises at the lineout

Anthony evades two tackles

 

I think personally we are better than that score line suggests but no taking away exiles win, hopefully we get back those other players for the return leg and also the shape we were lacking for a lot of the game and see can we break our away day hoodoo

Thanks to the Micke and Chris for the food, to the early arrival players who ensured the pitch was perfect and to Gunbritt and Thierry for the help on the day. Special thanks to robert nordin for superb images from both seniors and junior events.  Last but not least to Cosmin for coming all the way from Stockholm to referee and who in turn had a fine game. A very enjoyable day all round with some old faces back at the club, even if we had to contend with a loss.

 

* In addition a huge thanks to the sideline team of Roger Nordin (masseuse), Tony Geddes (medic), Gabriel (general help) and Kent Nilsson (match ledare), my sincerest apologies for omitting you guys from the original draft report

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