|Serbia vs Greece|
I won't normally be doing monthly reports on international RL matches, but it's got rather congested with World Cup warm up matches added to a few other games. Here is a list of games without World Cup matches and brief comments.
Played in Belgrade, Serbia the Balkan Championship:
Greece 68-8 Bulgaria.
Serbia 50-8 Greece.
Summary: I wrote a report on the two match tournament (read by clicking here). It went according to expectations.
Played in Sydney, Australia (2); Perpignan, France; Innisfail, Australia:
Italy 24-24 Malta
France 34-12 Jamaica
Lebanon 32-16 Niue
Tonga 16-6 Italy
Summary: Too much cannot be read into warm up games. Italy had a run in its first warm up against a team that didn't qualify, Malta. Then France hosted a Jamaican side made up of heritage players from the UK. They hard a sharp win. Lebanon defeated the small island nation of Niue in its warm up but not as easy as it may sound. Finally Tonga got past Italy in a final international WC precursor.
Played In Sydney, Australia and Krupka, Czech Republic:
Malta 48-16 Hungary
Czech Rep 26-30 Norway
Summary: Malta (ranked 19th in the world) showed it is a good RL nation by defeating an improving Hungary side (33rd). The 26-0 half time score didn't bode well for the second stanza but Hungary rallied for a close second half. In the other match, Norway continued its upward progress in going to the Czech Rep and taking the game. At 24-8 at half time, it looked like Norway would run away with it but in the end nearly got overtaken.
Played In Honiara, Solomon Is
Vanuatu 40-20 Solomon Is
Summary: In just the third test between these two young RL nations, Vauatu took a 20-8 advantage into the half time break. The home crowd really got behind their team and did better in the second half but in the end were solidly defeated.