There has certainly been plenty of debate about the demands of the Super Allsvenskan but it cannot be denied that at the halfway stage this has been the most exciting championship for years. With six rounds played the top three teams have each won four games and lost two with the bonus points system giving Pingvin 21 points, Enköping and Exiles 19 points each. Troján started off not badly but injuries and lack of commitment have seen them amass six defeats and only two points. This with almost the same squad as gave them silver medals in the last two years. The other three teams have also had injuries and other minor crises but have had the strength in depth to keep going. At least so far, with six tough games in eight weeks to go.
The two games yesterday were vastly different. Superficially, Enköping beat Pingvin comfortably at home, 31 – 7, but the score did not reflect the closeness of the game. Enköping got off to a great start against a very tentative Pingvin and were three tries and 24 – 0 up after 16”. Both teams then went for it hammer and tongs but it was 52” before Pingvin pulled it back to 24 – 7. On they went until Tim bullocked his way over for a second and bonus point try on 63”. Thereafter it was mainly Pingvin with seven Georgians on the field who pressed, but Enköping stood firm. This was probably the best game of the season so far, among a number which have been less than inspiring.
Exiles´ match at home to Troján was unfortunately one of the less inspiring ones. Troján turned up with 15 players but scored after a minute and were still ahead with 20 minutes to go. By this time they were down to 13 men and 12 by the last minute. Exiles finally got their act together, albeit with a couple of extra men, and scored six goals to win 73 – 36. Exiles are still fielding an A/B team and will have to raise their game to retain their title. Some positive signs in the last 20” but rugby games last 80” not the 40” or so we´ve seen from Exiles so far this season.