Final round-robin win for Norway, while three play-off places remain up for grabs

  • Norway lead Haavard Vad Petersson sweeps hard against Switzerland Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Norway beat Switzerland by 7-4 in Thursday (7 April) afternoon's second-last round-robin session of the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, a result that gives them seven wins. But, they will have to wait until the last session is played out to find out whether that is enough to keep their play-off and medal hopes alive.

These two teams played in front of a large home crowd and in the fourth end of this game Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud hit-out a Swiss stone to score two points and take a 3-2 lead. In the eighth end it was Swiss skip Sven Michel's turn to hit-out his opponent's stone, scoring one point that reduced Norway's lead to 6-4. But, Norway then went on to win by 7-4. Now the Norwegians have to wait.

Japan faced Russia and they too were looking for the win that would keep them in contention for a play-off slot. In the third end of the game their skip Yusuke Morozumi hit-out a Russian stone to score two points and take a 3-1 lead. In the sixth end, another hit by Morozumi produced another two points to give Japan a 7-2 lead, at which point Russia conceded.

Defending champions Sweden were another team chasing a play-off slot and in the fourth end of their game against Scotland their skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone into the house for two points and a 3-1 lead. In the tenth end, with Sweden leading by 4-3, Scotland skip Tom Brewster played a double take-out for a count of three points and a win at 6-4. This result now places Sweden in real danger of not qualifying for the play-offs.

In the fourth game of the session, Korea beat Germany by 9-6.

They Said It

Thomas Ulsrud; Norway skip (after 7-4 win over Switzerland): "That was crucial for us. We now have to wait and finish positive for the last game. Some teams have to win, some teams have to lose for us to be in the mix, but all in all, it's been okay for the week.“

Kosuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 7-2 win over Russia): “We feel happy, but we still have one more, the most important game. The ice is really good for us. That’s why we win a lot. I think we can read the ice better than the other teams.”

Tom Brewster; Scotland skip (after 6-4 win over Sweden): "It's always great to beat a world champion but we went in there not even thinking about them being world champions but thinking about them being the great team that they are, and knowing that it's always a tough game against them."

RESULTS, session 16

Japan 7-2 Russia; Sweden 4-6 Scotland; Switzerland 4-7 Norway; Germany 6-9 Korea

STANDINGS after session 16

Canada 9-1
Denmark 7-3
Japan 7-3
USA 7-3
Norway 7-4
Sweden 6-4
Finland 5-5
Scotland 5-6
Switzerland 4-6
Korea 2-9
Russia 2-9
Germany 1-9

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Canada v Switzerland at 19.00 (CET, Thursday 7 April)