Good start for Exiles at Skarpnšck

26 May 2018
The Ladies beat Uppsala by 42 - 0 while the Men had their best game for some time when overwhelming a brave TrojŠn by 79 - 0.

The Ladies started the first home game at Skarpnšck by subjecting Uppsala to intensive pressure which they maintained for most of the game. Their backs swung the ball along the line and aggressive tackling kept the opposition in check. Tries came at regular intervals with Jennie ÷, Karin and Hanna all crossing in the first quarter with Amanda adding a conversion. One or two aimless kicks kept the score down but then the powerful fullback Matilda added two more with strong running before the break. Amanda converted one to make it 29 - 0 at half-time. Uppsala came more into the game in the second half but they still never got close to scoring with Exiles dominating the scrums and Lina Karlsson the lineouts.
Matilda, just brought into the Swedish 7s squad, burst away again to complete her hat-trick and then Jennie, under pressure scored with an excellent drop-kick. Then Sophia rounded off the scoring to give Exiles a convincing 42 - 0 win.

Then it was the turn of the Exilesī Men against TrojŠn. They welcomed Swedish captain Sami Paulsson now living and working in Stockholm who made his debut against his old club. Exiles had 23 squad members, half of whom were internationals, although five of those started on the bench. TrojŠn could only get together 15 players and by the end of the game the gaps were appearing.

Exiles started at a tremendous pace and the first 15" were spent within 10 metres of the TrojŠn line. It says much for their determination and courage that it took the full quarter of an hour before prop Giga finally forced his way over. Then it was four more before the break via Antoine, Sami, Florian and Theo. Three conversions to make it 31 - 0 at half-time.

Quite a few internationals came on after the break and tries came at regular intervals. There were eight more with some lovely interpassing and strong running. Scorers were Ash (2), Daniel (2), another from Giga, Jeandrť, Richie and Mak. Five conversions from Ushangi and one each from Dustin and Mak.

Our two sets of front rows did terrible damage in the scrums and Scottish newcomer Chris Leask did an excellent job in the line-outs. Liam has bulked up and impressed in the second row. If Exiles can keep this up it will be hard to stop a seventh title in a row.

Well done, TrojŠn. You did very well to keep fighting against a non-stop barage from Exiles.

A team of three immaculately turned out referees did an excellent job in handling the two games. A decent crowd for both games including quietly spoken Uppsala coach Guy Dinwoodie, along with two former (?) Exilesī stars Ygge and Ica both due to produce new Exiles this summer. Congratulations!

Author: HM Sr