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Fiji A 34 Greece 12

WESTS Tigers prop-forward John Skandalis played his last game in Australia when he skippered the Greeks but his experience wasn't enough as Fiji A finished strongly to win 34-12 at Oki Jubilee Oval.Greece led 6-4 at the interval thanks to a 39th minute try from York Antoniou after the Fijians opened the scoring with a 23rd minute try to full-back Marika Koroivue.With a strong wind behind them, the Fijians dominated the second half, scoring four tries in 11 minutes to lead 24-6 after 55 minutes.Max Bainivalu was first to score just four minutes into the second stanza when he collected a bomb that was dropped by Peter Vardis.Alipate Vereti was next to score after a break from Kinikini Nacinieli and the latter added one himself soon after. Wes Naiqama, from the Sydney Bulls, raced over for the other four-pointer.The Greeks stopped the flow with a try to Paul Salamakis in the 62nd minute but Fiji A finished the game with tries to Esala Vute and Naiqama.A number of the Greek players will be heading over to Greece to link up with domestic players for their October 28 clash with Serbia in Athens.Fiji A 34 (Wes Naiqama 2, Marika Koroivue, Max Bainivalu, Alipate Vereti, Kinikini Nacinieli, Esala Vute tries; Koroivue 3 goals) d.Greece 12 (York Antoniou, Paul Salamakis tries; Stuart Philpott 2 goals) at Oki Jubilee Oval. Referee: Ben Everill. Crowd: 1103.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Lebanon confirm WC place

IN a massive boost for international rugby league, Lebanon have confirmed that they will be taking their place in the forthcoming 2008 World Cup qualifiers.After the recent military conflict in the country there were fears that the LRL would have to relinquish their spot in the competition but they have emerged bruised and unshaken in their bid to reach the final stages in the southern hemisphere. LRL president Mohammed Habbous said: "We are looking forward to showing our determination and resolve through sports and that our spirits remain high even though the past two months have been extremely difficult for all Lebanese. We would like to show the world that the Lebanese rugby league is steadfast and will endure in times of hardship, a true characteristic of the sport which we love." In preparation for the qualifiers, the Cedars 'A' team will take on Malta for the ?Phoenician Cup? in Western Sydney on 8th October. Lebanese rugby league official George Elias, who will lead the side, commented: "Sport unites a nation and Lebanon will be united as we progress with our mission to reach the Rugby League World Cup in 2008." Rugby League European Federation Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?We are absolutely delighted that Lebanon will be able to fulfil their fixtures, it is a massive tribute to their organisation and they deserve our total admiration for their courage. Their attitude to not be beaten by outside forces represents everything that is best about the code.? The original 2006 World Cup qualifier schedule, which saw Lebanon hosting Ireland on 28th October, is being altered to accommodate the Cedars? build up with the revised fixtures to be released by the RLEF imminently.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Austria v Estonia preview

EURO DEVELOPMENT TRI NATIONS Match 3: Austria vs. EstoniaPaternion Stadium, Austria, Saturday 2nd September, KO 2pmAustria will try to confirm their promising performance displayed in June against Germany, where they have been narrowly defeated 34-32 for the opening match of this inaugural Tri Nations tournament. Paternion Rugby club will host the event on what is considered to be ?the best Rugby pitch in Austria?, situated in the heart of this outstanding Alpine resort.Selected for the RLEF IX?s President team who competed in last week end?s London MX9?s tournament, Christoph Kaltenboek from Austria is eager to face his Estonian ex-team mates who were also invited in London, European Skipper Petrik Mottus and promising full back Dmitri Myskiv.The Estonian will battle to get their first victory on the international stage after their convincing debut in Tallinn against eventual Development Tri Nation Winners Germany. All the players are travelling from their homeland, and it is already a great achievement to be able to send a strong squad on the other side of Europe.As previously for all development international fixtures, the RLEF will send a representative who will assist the locals, in order to encourage the development of Rugby League in Austria.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Czech Rep 28 Serbia 36

CZECH REPUBLIC 28 SERBIA XIII 36at RC Slavia Praha, Vladivostocka, PragueSerbia withstood a spirited rearguard action from the rapidly improving Czech Republic to take the inaugural Slavic Cup in Prague.Taking advantage of a disappointing start by the hosts, and inspired by man of the match Mate Granic, Serbia scored 18 unanswered points in the opening spell, capitalizing on the home team's handling errors.Down 24-4 at the break, the Czechs gave a much improved performance in the second half, inspired by tough-tackling Andrew Mulhall, an Australian-born Czech resident, and Michal Kucera, who the Czech RL association named as their outstanding player.Thanks to three late tries, two of them to Kucera, the gap was eventually reduced to eight points, as the visitors began to tire.Delighted Serbia RL official Jovan Vujosevic commented, ?I am delighted with the victory as we blooded several new players to build up our strength in depth.??It has been the most challenging year yet for Serbia RL but we have competed successfully at a number of levels and we hope to start further work at under 16?s next year.?CZECH REP. 28: Tries: Ku?era M.-2, Priputen, Paukner, Brabec.Goals: Ku?era M.-4.SERBIA 36: Tries: Pe?i?-2, Novakovi?, Jankovi?, Grani?, Anti?, Vojvodi?.Goals: Grani?-3, Novakovi?-1.Sent-off: Novakovi? (Serbia)CZECH REP.: Priputen, Ciporanov, Mana, Mulhall, Paukner, Ku?era M., Poledna, Br?dle, St??brn?, Holovsk?, Verbich, Kurka, Prokep. Subs (all used): Hencl, Benda, Ku?era J., Brabec.SERBIA: Miti?, Vojvodi?, Milinkovi?, Anti?, Rakovi?, Grani?, Vujo?evi?, Novakovi?, Pe?i?, Jevti?, Jankovi?, Tom?i?, ?ebeljan. Sub (used): Risti?.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Nederland 34 def. Czech 28

EUROPEAN FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONALNEDERLAND TASMAN 34 CZECH REPUBLIC 28A superb try saving tackle by outstanding Dutch full back Rudy Stanford-Smyth prevented the Czech Republic from a possible share of the spoils on their first foray onto foreign soil.There were huge positives for both nations in a terrific, flowing encounter; the Dutch fielding a predominantly home-based side showing great resolve to secure victory while the European newcomers proved that they have the talent to be competitive.Holland made a great start, racing to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter hour as the Czech?s failed to complete their sets of six giving good field position to the men in Orange. Nottingham Outlaws? Phil Parkinson opened the scoring, with the excellent Stanford-Smyth crossing twice in three minutes as he linked decisively from the back.The visitors, initially suffering from the after-effects of a 1000km bus journey, began to find their feet, with stand off Mikhal Kucera at the heart of their best work.Prop P?emek Br?dle skittled the defence to power his way over and strong running second rower Josef Kucera posted the first of his three tries to reduce the gap to four points.On the stroke of half time, experienced Dutch scrum half Jorik Moree skipped clear and away for a fine solo try, Aaron de Jager?s second conversion making it 20-10 at the break.Within ten minutes of the re-start the Dutch had doubled their advantage, confidently spreading the ball wide to create touchdowns for wingmen Cameron Stewart and Jamie Groeneweg.Mikhal and Josef Kucera replied, with Mikhal converting both efforts to bring the score to 30-22, only for Moree to produce another expertly timed dart on the 70th minute for the hosts.Josef Kucera deservedly completed his try treble to set up a tense finish, Standford-Smyth securing victory with his heroic late tackle.European Rugby League Development Officer Kevin Rudd, who oversaw the clash, commented; ?I would like to pay tribute to the Czech squad who conducted themselves superbly on and off the field and made great efforts to play the match. Their sporting spirit was admirable and they are a welcome addition to the growing European Rugby League family.?Czech General Secretary Milan Mrtynek added, ?That was a great learning experience for us and all the guys enjoyed the game. We look forward to more Rugby League and welcoming more teams to Prague to give us further experience.?Netherlands RL President Ian Thompson was equally enthusiastic, ?It was a fantastic display of open rugby with great flair and attacking play from both sides. With ninety per cent of our squad from Holland, that was a great development for us? he said.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Preview: Czechs v Nederland

THE Czech Republic play their first match on away soil on Friday night (4th August) when they travel to RC Rotterdam to face a Dutch development side (kick off 20.00)After the successful visit of the GB Student Pioneers to play internationals in Prague and Olomouc against European Rugby League?s newest nation recently, a 20-man Czech squad are making the trip to the Netherlands before returning home to face Serbia on 12th August.Momentum for the code is building in the Republic and RL European Development Officer Kevin Rudd, who will be a keen observer on Friday, commented: ?This is really encouraging; I am pleased for the Czechs, they have shown great spirit taking up the challenge of learning a new sport. The British students were superb ambassadors for the code and I hope that we can encourage more clubs and University teams to get the touring bug and visit the new nations for what can be life changing experiences.?The Dutch squad for the match is also an historic one, with all bar skipper Aaron de Jager ? who is with Huddersfield Underbank Rangers in LHF Healthplan National League 3 ? attached to their fledgling domestic competition.Six players are included in the squad for the first time for a match that will be featured on local TV station RNN7, which covers the whole of the city of Rotterdam and its surrounding districts, giving the NNRLB their first major media exposure with a potential audience of over one million viewers.NEDERLAND TASMAN1. Rudy Stanford Smythe - Sparta2. Jamie Groeneweg - Hoek van Holland3. Ronald v/d Broek - Haagsche4. Jon Mckenzie - Sassenheim5. Chico de Ruiter** - WRC6. Jorik Moree - RRC7. Benji Blom - Sassenheim8. Bernie van Holstein - Hoek van Holland9. Benjamin Clingen** - RRC10. Raymond den Engelsma - Hoek van Holland11. Jason Brygoms - Sparta12. Vincent Grimbergen - Sassenheim13. Aaron de Jager - Underbank14. Caine Roseboom** - Sassenheim15. Justin de Heij - Sassenheim16. Maarten v/d Meer** - WRC17 Eric Isreal - Hoek van Holland18. Duncan van Dam - RRC19. Lorenzo Meirsto** - WRC20. Luuk Herskamp** - Sassenheim** DebutantsCZECH REPUBLIC1. Priputen Michal (C) 2. Ciporanov Tom? 3. Mana Marcel 4. Mulhall Andrew 5. Paukner Martin 6. Ku?era Michal 7. Poledna Patrik 8. Br?dle P?emek 9. St??brn? Jaroslav (VC) 10. Holovsk? Tom? 11. Ku?era Josef 12. Verbich Petr 13. Mrt?nek Milan 14. Benda Jan 15. ?paldo? Petr 16. Kurka Tom? 17. Vineck? Roman 18. ?afr?nek David 19. ?im?nek Ji?? 20. HodanSource: www.rlef.eu.com

Estonia 24 Germany 38

EUROPEAN Development Tri-Nations - Match Two

RLEF U19's Championship

WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source: www.rlef.eu.com

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