A hat-trick on either side of half-time by Danish winger, Mads Hansen, one of seven debutants in their side, saw Denmark defeat Sweden 50-18 in Roskilde, in the final match of the 2016 Nordic Cup, already won by Norway.
Five unanswered second-half tries sealed the win for the Danish XIII after the visitors had led three times in the opening half but ran out of steam.
“We were especially pleased to introduce several debutants, who all did themselves proud,” said Danish RL President, Richard Munk Naylor. “These two sides have put on higher quality performances in the past but that’s part of the process, bringing in new talent and the players gelling together. I have a feeling that both Denmark and Sweden will be better next year.”
“We stuck with the Danes for the first half with a young team,” said Swedish Coach Ashley Brown. “I couldn’t fault the boys who made their debuts and the experience will have done them good.”