Tight game in Copenhagen

14 Apr 2018
Exiles beat Fredriksberg 24 - 12 in a game which proved a good workout before the start of the Swedish season. Fredriksberg had beaten the Danish champions Ĺlborg 24 – 0 the week before but the disappointment this week was that they asked for uncontested scrums. This of course took the edge off the attacking Exiles forward play which in conjunction with a narrow pitch made scores hard to come by.

Exiles had the advantage for most of the game but it ws only in the last of four 20 minute periods that they finally got on top.
Exiles started off playing into a very strong wind and ends were changed every 20 minuts. Fredriksberg used the wind initially and had the advantage, but Exiles gradually took over although the F. tackling was very solid. Finally Exiles got a 5 m. lineout and the pack drove over, Mak getting the touchdown.
In the second 20”, Exiles used the wind to make their way up the field but F. defence held firm. Then it was their turn to make progress and they forced their way over for a converted try and a narrow 7 – 5 lead. Exiles came back right away and finished the period parked on the F. line.
Then once again it was F. with the wind and they used this to advantage with a kick to the corner. A long lineout confusion in the Swedish ranks.and F. were able to skip over for another try although the easy conversion was missed. 35” to go and F. in the lead 12 – 5. It was stalemate in the middle of the field for some time until on 55” Oliver intercepted 60 m. out and sprinted away to score. He put over the kick and it was 12 – 12 with all to play for.
On to the final quarter and now it was all Exiles. They were up to the F. line within a couple of minutes and Sean in the backs found an opening to score.. Oliver converted and it was 19 – 12. For the last 15” it was all Exiles but it was not until our new South African Jeandré van Vuuren went through to score with an electrifying burst. No conversion was taken and it was all over.
A bruising game which should raise Exiles to the required standard. They were without half a dozen internationals but this gave coach Henry plenty of opportunities to ring the changes. Sean had an excellent game as did Oliver. Young Jeandré will prove a handfull in Allsvenskan this year. Three weeks to go before the first Swedish league match.

Author: HM Sr