On Friday the12th of June twelve brave young souls ventured into unchartered territories, when they travelled to Sweden to compete in the Viking Cup. For many of them this would be their first Rugby game ever, however their grim faces did not show this. The preparations on Friday were quite simple, play to our strengths of tackling and speed. As stated earlier most of these boys had never competed against other teams, so we had a simple game plan which anyone could stick to, Tackle, Tackle and more Tackling.
The first game of the day was against the old enemy, Stockholm exiles, one of the teams who beat Sagene at the last tournament Sweden. The game started off slow with Stockholm taking an early lead and capitalising on many Sagene mistakes. When the half time whistle sounded we were down by 5 tries, however something changed and when we went on for the second half the boys lifted, only allowing 3 tries in against one of the best teams in Sweden. The boys put their bodies on the line and we picked up our first injury with a slight concussion and bruised ribs when Jo Garbo put his body on the line to stop one of the Exiles boys and prevent a certain try. The boys had some lunch, regathered and started preparations for our second game against Venasborg.
Similar to the first game we didn't switch on until the second half. We fought on valiantly but ended up going down to one of the best teams in Sweden, Malmo. One of the highlights of the game was Ludvik Slipersæter who without any fear put his body on the line to stop Malmo´s biggest player, it was a David and Goliath battle in this tackle , 65kg vs 94kg with David prevailing with the tackle. In addition our captain Eilif Akerjordet breaking 7 tackles to almost score a try, an incredible sight to see. The team gathered for dinner, where we ended up having a quiz created by their coach. A lot of things were learnt during the quiz, their Australian coach didn't know the capital of New Zealand, one team thought the USSR was still a country and AC/DC was an American band. The morning rose on the second day of competition with the team fired up and ready to go. Our first game was against Vanesbrog, the champions of Sweden for under 18s. We new it would be a big task to knock off the top team and stuck to our original game plan. The game did not end up going our way with a heavy defeat and some of the boys picked up injuries, with two players having to leave the field with a twisted ankle and bruised rib. However, one thing our team never lost is our team spirit, which I would say was one of the highlights of the weekend, which made our team very popular with the other players and coaches.
The time had come for our last game of the tournament, which was up against the tournament favorites, The Highlanders, a team from Scotland. This would have to be our best game, we out tackled and even stole the ball many times off the oppositions in Rucks, technical rugby word. This game had plenty of highlights, Ole Garbo scoring a try, Sindre Sandgrid making great runs and Chris Bernhardt souring through the air to make great catches off the opposition kicks. We ended up losing the game, but it was our closest game and the boys played their hearts out.
The weekend was a huge success for the team learning and team bonding. To finish off the weekend we all dined in style at the Max burger on the way home! Special thanks go to the parents who drove up the boys and to our own Steven Spielberg, Sonia Gjesdal who captured all the action on her camera. The team is excited for the next tournaments coming up in Autumn after the Summer break. We hope to see some more new faces as well at training.