21 Aug 2014

A comprehensive 44-6 success over holders Sweden in Copenhagen last weekend, building on earlier victory against Norway in Oslo, saw Denmark pick up the 2014 Nordic Cup, becoming the first of the Scandinavian nations to hold it twice having won the inaugural tournament in 2011.

Try doubles from centre pairing Emil Borggren and Martin Pedersen-Scott laid the platform against the Swedes, leading Steve Davy, president of the Dansk Rugby League Forbund, to comment: “Sweden and Denmark both contributed to the highest quality rugby league game I have ever seen in Scandinavia. The intensity and focus in the run up to it was evident and seen in the determination and teamwork on the day.” He continued: “It was a great day for Danish rugby league especially as there are more born and bred Danes making the team.”

Danish coach Nigel Kitching, formerly with London Skolars and Avignon added: “We went for a balance of youth and experience in what was the strongest Danish team we have fielded. Every one of the lads played with discipline and enthusiasm, which I hope we can carry forward.”

Three of Denmark’s starting 13 were teenagers, Borggren, Jesper Ika and try-scoring wingerChristoffer Ellebirke. “It is really pleasing to see youth not just coming through but succeeding at international level,” said Kitching.

Man of the match Borggren commented: “It was a great experience representing my country in one of the finest sports. Our overall strength, speed, and skill is what led us to be successful earning the Nordic Cup. I'm very proud to be a part of this team and hope to watch rugby league excel in Denmark as a sport.”

Sweden now go on to their home fixture against Norway to establish second and third place.