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The sides from the British and Irish Isles have kicked off the 2004 Victory Cup in Moscow in the best style possible, both recording victories over their opponents of the New Zealand Defence Force and the United States of America.
In the opening match of the tournament, the Rugby League Ireland Wolfhounds A squad have got revenge against the United States Tomahawks winning 74 ? 16. It was only a few months ago when the Tomahawks defeated Ireland 41 ? 10 over in Savannah, Georgia (USA) with the USA side in form after their tour of Australia. Ireland however since have trained well, and have shown they intend on pushing their claims for the Victory Cup.
In the other match, the BARLA Lions recorded a 26-12 victory over the New Zealand Defence Force.
Both games were played in the Moscow North Arena.