A hat trick by second rower Isaac Schmidt and a perfect five goals from Svein Åge Breimoen saw Norway defeat Sweden 30-20 in the final game of the 2015 Nordic Cup, in Bislett, Oslo.
The visitors led 16-6 at the break, tries to Paul Briggs, Pontas Eriksson and Jenne Johansson by the half-hour, Johansson’s second score in the 69th minute giving Sweden an eight point lead.
But Schmidt’s genuine hat trick try cut the gap to two points and late touchdowns for Cam Leslie and man of the match, loose forward Joshua Skidmore-Hornby – as Sweden ran out of fit men – saw Norway home and gain runners up spot to cup winners Denmark.
Jørgen Lund Schmidt, Reidar Flage, Magnus Sundsfjord, Kevin Båtnes, Svein Åge Breimoen, Kim Andre Seglem, Peder Jaavall Hansen, Andreas Thorsen, Kristoffer Milligan, Steven Larsen, Chris Stalsberg, Isaac R. Schmidt, Joshua Skidmore-Hornby
Subs: Harald Mikalsen, Cam Leslie, Tommy Johansen, Trent Rowan
Tries: I. Schmidt (6, 43, 74), Leslie (77) Skidmore-Hornby (79)
Goals: Breimoen 5/5
Paul Briggs, Pontas Eriksson, Buster Derk, Darren Cudmore, Robert Verma, Fabian Wikander, Noak Jonsson, Daniel Weiderman, Sam Camell, Joakim Svensson, Thomas Olausson, Patrick Hocker, Chris Ah-Lam
Subs: Plamen Paco Lazarow, Jenne Johansson, Mark Beveridge, Joakim Theilin
Tries: Briggs (9), Eriksson (20), Johansson (28, 68)
Goals: Jonsson 2/4
Half time: 6-16
Referee: Danny Boag