A slightly delayed match report, but here it is nonetheless.
BRK sent a squad of 9 players down to Stavanger for the first rugby 7s tournament of the year. The sun came out, and a lovely 17 degrees was feeling almost tropical. The Hordaland rugby camp where BRK and BSI set up with gazebos and flags, created a great atmosphere for the travelling players and supporters.
The day started with a tough encounter against the host team Stavanger. A very new squad for Bergen with 4 uncapped players making their debut. BRK were undone mostly through poor handling errors. Unable to keep posession, Stavanger were dominant. BRK must have forgotten to wash the sunscreen off their hands… A platform to build from for the rest of the tournament.
BRK vs Blindern
A new focus for the team, and cobwebs blown away, BRK had a new energy about them. At the start of the game, BRK put Blindern under a huge about of pressure, leading to a charge down kick and score under the posts. A returning score by one of Blindern’s speedsters evened things up, however BRK were determined not to be undone. A turnover ball, some beautiful handling in the centre, saw a coast to coast try for BRK, delightfully applauded from the watching BSI team. More tries came in the second half, for a much-deserved win for BRK.
BRK vs Sagene
Progressing into the semifinals, BRK was drawn against group 2 winners, Sagene. The veteran team from Oslo were looking mighty confident at the kickoff, and ran in two quick tries. However, Bergen pulled ranks and started playing some brilliant rugby, just falling short of scoring on multiple occasions. The physicality of the BRK team was beginning to show, turning over much of the Sagene posession, unfortunately to no avail as the full-time whistle blew. A tough pill to swallow for BRK who put everything on the line. Although the score line might not suggest this, the game was described as the best of the tournament.
Into the 3rd/4th playoff – BRK vs Trondheim
Determined to set things right, BRK started very well, scoring two tries, however a missed tackle let Trondheim score before the half. 14-14 with seven minutes remaining, everything was to play for. A tight encounter up to the last play of the game where Trondheim, after many phases, found some pace and space on the wing to run in under the posts. Devastating for BRK.
All in all, a great day out for BRK. 4 new caps, a team mindset that can adapt, some brilliant rugby, and a great after game social.
BRK player of the tournament : Christophe Benquet
BRK most improved player of the tournament: Martin Svanes
Team : Tommy Greff, Karl (coach), Christophe Benquet, Mike Fox, Francisco Blanco, Anders Teigland, Gavin McQueen (C ), Bjornar Tjosevik, Martin Svanes, Ibby Allie.
Written by Gavin McQueen