Friday, 27 October 2017

International Results : 2017 October (excluding the WC)

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.

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