The match between Oslo Fusion and Spartacus was played in wet conditions, but that did not stop the crowd from being treated to some expansive and running rugby. In a day which could easily have turnedthe match into a kicking contest saw both teams...
The match between Oslo Fusion and Spartacus was played in wet conditions, but that did not stop the crowd from being treated to some expansive and running rugby. In a day which could easily have turned the match into a kicking contest saw both teams play some attractive rugby at times.
Unlike the last match between the two sides, Fusion started the stronger of the two, but could not convert their pressure into points early. All the early pressure would eventually see Fusion score through second rower Magnus Andersson, scoring off a pick and drive after 11 phases of play. This was especially important to coach Glenn Collins! "We have used 30 different players in our last 3 games, which is great credit to both Oslo and Blindern Rugby Clubs!" This is a great testament to his coaching philosophy, as his pregame speech was about guys earning their spots because they have put in the hard work, non more than Andreas Thorsen. "I'm very proud of the team and the squad as a whole. I can see improvement in all the players, which is very satisfying for me as a coach" continues Collins.
His satisfaction would only continue to grow, as the team once again pressured Spartacus and drove the ball down the field for 7 phases, to score another try. This time through front rower Bastian Fromm who dragged several Spartacus defenders across the line. This is especially important to Collins, as the players are gaining confidence in the system. "Our attacking patterns and systems are starting to pay off as the boys are beginning to understand their individual roles in the team. The lads are also staying focused and concentrating on their roles which is a promising sign, although there is still room for improvement." This is non more evident than in the last 20 minutes of the first half, where Fusion consistently put themselves under pressure through handling errors and ill discipline. It wasn’t until late in the half that they strung more phases together, to finally score again, this time through number 8 Will Ford, scoring off a wonderful inside ball from Will Hodgson. Oslo took a 19 point lead into the half.
The second half saw Spartacus start with vengeance, using their forwards to assert some dominance, scoring from a rolling maul in the left corner. Fusion conceded far too many penalties in the first 10 minutes of the half, which allowed Spartacus to gain some momentum, resulting in their try. However, once the points were scored, Fusion dug deep to keep Spartacus to the lone try. The team strung together phases but the wet conditions proved to get the better of them as passes did not stick. The team also moved away from their structures, which resulted in poor decisions and players being out of position. There are always of room for improvement, but for Collins there are plenty of things that need to be worked on if Fusion are going to be s successful as they want to be this season. "For starters we were missing too many tackles, with lads going in too high. Our defence was too narrow at times and we were committing too many players to the ruck" continues Collins. "All of these would have lead to more points if we were up against better opposition." There was a silver lining to the second half, with debutant fullback Luke Kellgren-Parker scoring in the corner, after some beautiful interplay between the forwards and backs. Fusion sustained some pressure late in the second half, but were able to hold Spartacus to 7 points.