Looks like a damp end to the season as the Ladies play a second semi and the Men go for a sixth title in a row.
Pingvin Ladies have travelled up with their Men but face an almost impossible task of catching up 31 points against a very solid Exiles team. Looks likely to be the last game ever at Årsta next week with Exiles probably facing Vänersborg who meet Enköping at home with an 18 point lead.The Pingvin Men have a couple of enforced changes in the front row including a 19 year old, Anthony Rafael, making his debut at hooker. Oscar Larsson, selected for Sweden next week, returns to the second row after being out for five weeks. Otherwise unchanged. Interesting to note that no–one in the starting team is over 25, while there are a few 30+ on the bench.
Exiles field an unchanged 15 with a couple of new faces on the bench. They have 11 internationals starting and three more on the bench. After dominating last week they only have a nine-point lead. They are faced with improving their lineouts, the number of penalties conceded and their finishing. Any progress on these fronts and they should win comfortably. But rain is a great leveller and Pingvin will be throwing everything at the home team.
Author: HM Senior