Oslo Fusion were on tour, leaving the comfort of Oslo for a trip to Göteberg to play Spartacus, with last minute changes to the kickoff time, meaning the lads had to leave at 7am!
Oslo Fusion were on tour, leaving the comfort of Oslo for a trip to Göteberg to play Spartacus, with last minute changes to the kickoff time, meaning the lads had to leave at 7am! Spartacus had come off a narrow loss to the Norwegian National team a few weeks earlier, going down 15-5 in Oslo.
Spartacus had the better of the first 10 minutes, starting strong through their pick pack and scoring from a driving maul, and converting it from the side line. This was the wake up call that Fusion needed, rallying the team to fight back. Fusion played tot eh structures that coach Glenn Collins had set up, sucking in Spartacus defenders to create space on the fringes. Even a man down (due to repeated infringements at the ruck) Fusion scored under the posts through Salvis Stilbs. Spartacus would take a narrow 10 points to 7 lead into the half.
The second half was all Oslo, with the team playing to their structures but not making the most of their opportunities at times. The team would score two more tries in the second half after executing their set plays perfectly, with Thibault Fliche and Thomas Bichard-Bréaud both going in seemingly untouched. With borsht tries converted by flyhallf Will Hodgson, Fusion took a commanding 11 point lead (21-10). Although Fusion dominated possession, they showed guts and determination, repelling multiple Spartacus raids into their red zone, showing the character of the team.
After the match coach Collins would go on to say "I am very proud of the determination and spirit showed by the lads on the field, coming back from an early try to go on and win like they did." However, Collins, always looking for improvement, suggested that the team would need to work on their defense when they came up against better opposition, as Spartacus did not take advantage of some ruck watching by the Fusion players; “we need to work on our defence, as better teams would have exploited our poor defensive reads and punished our ruck watching!”
Man of the match was a split decision between Francis Wijangco (forwards) and Will Hodgson (backs).