Back to the Swedish ”season”

10 Aug 2017
It´s back to the Swedish leagues with a total of nine male games on offer.

Pride of place goes to Allsvenskan with Exiles at home to Trojan and Pingvin travelling up to Enköping. There could always be surprises but it already looks as if Trojan will end up fifth and have to go to a play-off with the winner of Div 1, probably Göteborg who are having a good season. The winners are likely to be Pingvin or Exiles while Enköping and Hammarby will be fighting for third place, with Enköping in the driving seat at present.

Exiles suffered their first defeat in a couple years when Pingvin beat them 18 – 13 in Trelleborg in June. Pingvin deserved to win, they scored two good tries, although Exiles can always claim that they lost five internationals to injury in the game and ended up with a very disjointed back division. They meet again in the last game before the playoffs. If Exiles win by more than five points they will win the series and probably meet Hammarby in the semis. But no-one is counting their chickens at the moment.
Many Exiles internationals are due back in the next couple of weeks and at the time of writing it is difficult to know how strong they will be. They took 40 points off Trojan in Norrköping with many players missing, however, and it is hard to see that result being reversed.

Pingvin started off the season with four home games and won them all, although not by wide margins. They also fitted in a first away game before the break, beating Hammarby 31 – 13. Hammarby were in the game for long periods, however, and only a converted try in the last minute by Pingvin gave them what appeared to be a comfortable win.
Pingvin will have to have their best team to be sure of beating Enköping. The latter only lost by three points in Trelleborg and they showed a lot of spirit in winning the Swedish 7s. They were heavily beaten by Exiles but otherwise have shown the ability to score as many points as the two leading teams.

Otherwise not the most exciting of weekends with Spartacus meeting Karlstad in Div 1 West and Uppsala playing Erikslund in Div 1 North with Västerås meeting Exiles Twos on the Sunday. Superficially, none of these games should be close, but you never know in the Summer.
In Div 2 South, Lugi meet Kalmar Södra and Pingvin B receive Malmö while in Div 2 North Berserkers play Katrineholm Griffins while Attila face Linköping. Could be four away wins here, but once again it depends who turns up.

So, a total of nine games, the highest number of the season so far. What´s the betting all nine matches will be played?

Author: HM Sr