After a mixed bag of results as Oslo Fusion in the Swedish First Division, Oslo travelled to Horten on Saturday for their first match of the Norwegian League. Oslo were keen to start of the season with a strong performance...........
After a mixed bag of results as Oslo Fusion in the Swedish First Division, Oslo travelled to Horten on Saturday for their first match of the Norwegian League. Oslo were keen to start of the season with a strong performance to send a message to the rest of the competition.
Oslo received the first kick off and immediately started implementing their game plan and structures. They moved around a small but mobile Horten pack, breaking the advantage like almost at will. Line breaks were much the same, with some long distance tries being scored after great support play from both forwards and backs. The pick of the first half tries would have to go to Luke Kellgren-Parker, with a scything 70 metre run after a poor kick. Horten grabbed a late try through an intercept but this only proved to motivate Oslo even more.
Oslo went into the break with a healthy 45 point lead. The main points from the half time chat were to continue to play structured rugby but not let off. The teams goal was to make a statement.
Oslo started the second half by applying some good pressure in defence. This pressure would eventually prove to be too much as Horten turned over ball which lead to Oslo points. Oslo did not take their foot of the pedal and continued to play their structures eventually leading to points. The final try was scored just as the proverbial siren sounded, with Oslo racking up 93 points to 5. The pick of the second half tries went to Magnus Andersson, scoring a 40 metre run away try off a nice inside ball from fellow forward Francis Wijangco. The match was played in good spirits, with both teams finishing the game with smiles on their faces, including the referee Gregory Coombes.
Coach Glenn Collins was please with the result but still believes there is plenty of room for improvement. "Even though we won, we need to do the simple things right. We need to move the ball and make the right decisions to put guys away in space." All in all it was an impressive performance but as always there is room for improvement.
Best Forward: Magnus Andersson
Best Back: Luke Kellgren-Parker