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Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup Game 1 – GB 32 NZ 8 – report

ARMED FORCES WORLD CUP – Colchester Garrison, Sunday

Match 1 – GREAT BRITAIN 32 NEW ZEALAND 8

Great Britain got off to the perfect start with a strong second half performance to despatch the Kiwis.

It was only 10-8 at the break, in a tough first half. New Zealand opened the scoring in the seventh minute thanks to a penalty from Adam Wilson but the hosts hit back with a try from Marc Donnelly, converted by Martin Wood.

Midway through the first period Kairan David went over from dummy half, Wilson goaling to restore the advantage the Kiwis but, just before the break, Chris Gordon crossed to edge GB in front.

GB Winger Tim Timani burst clear for a great solo try at the start of the second half converted by Wood and three touchdowns in ten blistering minutes sank the Kiwis.

Darren Bamford, James Hutchinson and Lewis Taylor did the damage, with conversions from Garry Dunn and Dave Hankinson.

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Regional Rugby League Round Up

REGIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE ROUND UP

MIDLANDS

TELFORD RAIDERS got back to winning ways with a flattering 44-4 win against a hard working COVENTRY BEARS outfit. On a humid afternoon, Raiders went two scores up within three minutes. In the opening set, following a Jack Harris break, Matty Breeze’s cut out pass sent winger Nathan Smart over, Breeze goaling. Denham Samuels then charged close, veteran hooker Pom Tutt reaching out to score, Breeze with the extras. Bears worked hard in the middle but struggled to get the ball wide, Telford gaining confidence from their stubborn defence and posting four more tries before the break, through Karl Walker with a brace, Chirs Tinsley and Dan Grogan to establish a 32-0 lead. Breeze sent in Jack Baker with another fine pass in the 45th minute but, to their credit, the Bears stabilised in defence and it took Telford a further twenty minutes to breach their line again. Excellent centre Harris found Jon Phelps with another offload out of the back of his hand, allowing the returning Phelps to jink his way through. Coventry gained some reward for their effort when stand off Mun Wu Kang was able to force his way over from close range for a much deserved try. Telford had the last word with five minutes to go when long serving Matty Evans shook off the attentions of several defenders to sprint over from 20 metres.

NORTH DERBYSHIRE CHARGERS produced their best performance of the season but still went down to a narrow defeat 26-16 against BIRMINGHAM BULLDOGS. Chargers scored first early on through Josh Rymell and converted, the Bulldogs replying after 22 minutes. The Chargers increased their lead when Pope scored on the half hour but Birmingham kept in the game with a score just after the half hour, goal kicks proving to be their undoing, the Bulldogs missing five in all. The visitors edged 16-8 ahead with two scores in the opening ten minutes of the second period and consolidated a hard fought win in muggy conditions with a further brace late on. Charges refused to buckle, Dave Brown with their final try.

NORTH EAST

A hat trick from Sinclair Matthews saw JARROW VIKINGS romp home 54-12 against CRAMLINGTON ROCKETS. The visitors were first on the board, Liam Hawthorn with the try goaled by Tommy Williams but from there on in it was all Jarrow. Andy Morris, Phil Wall and Zach Clark all crossed, John Coutts with two goals to give them a ten point lead. On the half hour, Crawford Matthews extended the lead to 20-6 at the break, his brother taking over afterwards. Stand off Sinclair crossed in the 47th, 67th and 77th minutes and added a goal; Lee Theakston, Gregg Newlands and David Norman with their other tries. Coutts finished with five goals and Clark one. Callum Chilk stemmed the flow for the Rockets, Williams converting.

FORTY-20 YORKSHIRE MENS LEAGUE

In an early kick off, as part of KIPPAX’s Gala day BRAMLEY BUFFALOES ground out their fifth straight win of the season over the KNIGHTS. The game was a hard fought scrappy affair littered with penalties, handling mistakes and some stern defence from both sides. The win moves Bramley in to the third place in the table, a point behind Skirlaugh and York Acorn. Buffaloes opened the scoring in the 8th minute on a last tackle play, Jerome Malcolm storming through, Daz Forster converting. Two minutes later centre Alex Brier went over for his first try for the visitors. Bramley lost hooker Craig Boot when he was sin binned, but man of the match Forster sent winger Andrew Staniland in and goaled to make it 16-0. On the stroke of half time, Kippax opened their account with Lee Brookes taking advantage of back to back sets, Ricky Fisher adding the extras from in front to make the half time score 16-6. Brier claimed his second thanks to a Ben Dean pass, Forster again accurate with the boot and a flowing move six minutes later saw Forster cross. Boot made amends out of dummy half to extend the lead to 30-6 just before the hour. Briers claimed his hat trick late on but Kippax had the final word, hooker Craig Oliver burrowing over, Fisher goaling.

YORK ACORN were too strong for gallant WEST HULL, running out 36-22 winners in a fine game at Thanet Road. Steve Waldron opened the scoring for Acorn, Ken Shepherd goaling, full back Ben Jones with two tries to make it 16-0, Shepherd converting the second of them. Joe Staples hit back for Wests right on half time, Shane Carter with the extas but six minutes after the break, a Paul Cross try and Ben Jones goal re-established Acorn supremacy. Karl Harton extended the advantage, Jones again accurate with the boot, Lewis Jackson replying on the hour. Centre Harton completed a genuine hat trick with two tries in as many minutes but the visitors finished the stronger. Craig Carter and Lewis Jackson went over for tries, Shane Carter with a third goal.

LONDON & SOUTH EAST

In the Cup semi-final STAINES TITANS beat LONDON SKOLARS A 28-20.

In the Shield competition HAMMERSMITH HILLS HOISTS triumphed thanks to a 48-28 home victory over NEWHAM DOCKERS in the semi-final. On a warm day at Twyford Avenue, the experience and determination of the Hammersmith side proved crucial. The opening quarter was pretty even with the sides exchanging tries before the Hoists took a grip on the game. Poor handling and ill-discipline by the Dockers was exploited by the home side who claimed two tries either side of half-time to give them a comfortable lead. Touchdowns from Dockers man of the match Ian McPherson kept them within two scores of the Hoists, but once again penalties gave the Hoists good field position and they wrapped things up with a try just before the final whistle.

WEST OF ENGLAND

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARRIORS got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 74-18 derby win over BRISTOL SONICS in a thirteen try thumping at sun-drenched Saintbridge. From the moment Al Bryan picked up a poor play the ball and weaved to the line in the third minute, the Warriors were in complete control of the game. Warriors’ early six point advantage looked slender as the sides traded blows but on 16 minutes, Matt Williams used his strength to force his way over from close range. When Chris Hall struggled over in a similar manner five minutes later, the die was cast and the Warriors controlled the rest of the match. After 25 minutes, Dave Tomlinson gave Josh Kelly an opportunity and he raced away to the posts but the Sonics were next to score when Jack Farler snapped up a woeful pass and cantered unopposed to the line, Jed Bullen adding the extras. However, the Warriors replied in kind moments later, Alex Hoyle racing 70 metres to the posts after picking up a stray Sonics pass. Just before the break, the Warriors scored the try of the game. Kelly made the initial inroads before Jerome Moore took play deep into the Sonics half. Steve Lee exploited the right and Hoyle sent Kieran Cox stepping inside to the posts for a score he converted himself, one of 11 goals he kicked in the match. Two minutes into the second period, the Warriors failed to deal with a high bomb and Darren van Hoof touched down, Archie Gibbs adding the goal. By the time Tristan Moore added the Sonics’ third try, again from a kick that was fumbled by the home defence, the Warriors had passed the half century with three more touchdowns. Ben Brinkworth shrugged off some feeble defence to rumble over before Bryan scored from a set move from the back of a scrum. After two tries were chalked off for forward passes, Tomlinson raced down the left wing to score straight from a 20-metre restart and in the final 15 minutes, the Warriors steadily added to their score. Kelly stepped through the defence from another scrum move before Dale Cook broke on halfway and held off the defence to reach the whitewash. Ash Lewis caught the restart, went straight through a huge gap in the chasers and raced away to the posts to give Cox an easy goal and with the final move of the match, Warriors’ player-coach Lee went over for a rare try to complete the scoring and Gloucestershire’s second consecutive 70-point haul at home.

SOUTH WEST

Prop Martyn Lawrence was the star, running in four tries, as CORNISH REBELS won 56-28 at DEVON SHARKS. Jack Carlisle and Russell Morris and two Jack Keillor goals gave the Sharks the perfect start as they shot to a 12-0 lead but Nick Winston, Darren Pellow and Lawrence, together with three Jonny Platt goals edged the Rebels ahead just after the half hour. Ollie Hill hit back for the hosts but as the half time whistle was about to sound, Lawrence crashed over and Platt goaled to make it 24-16 to the Rebels. Nick Bristow, stand off Pellow’s second and Lockryn Williams extended the lead, Platt with two more goals. Val Charita crossed for the Sharks on 60 minutes, Keiller goaling but a late Lawrence double brought up the half century, Platt finishing with a try and eight goals. Devon had the final say when loose forward Morris claimed his second, Keiller with his fourth goal.

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Czech rugby league hold on to beat Serbian youngsters in thriller

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Czech’s pushed all the way by the Serbian under 20s

The Czech Republic won a fiercely contested match with the touring Serbian U20s, running out winners 28-22 in Vrchlabi.

The young Serbians showed immense courage and some fine skills against bigger and generally older opponents to ensure the home team never pulled away from them on the scoreboard.

The Czechs crossed in the early minutes through impressive Pavel Vrana and did not relinquish the lead thereafter.

Vaclav Fischer was the standout for the hosts and scored their second try with a typical bulldozing effort, while in an encouraging note for the development of rugby league in the Czech Republic, the rest of their tries were scored by players on debut, with two for Mikulov full back Otto Friedl, another to Fischer’s Teplice Dragons teammate, Jan Zelezny on the cusp of half-time, and a touchdown for Lokomotiva Beroun utility player Viteslav Drazka.

For the Serbs, who had travelled by coach for 13 hours the day before the game, stand-off and captain Vladislav Dedic was excellent leading his passionate young team, setting up the game’s second try with a magnificent cut-out pass to Lazar Grubor to cross in the corner.

Forwards Milan Rakic, Nikola Stojmenovic and Pero Madzarevic took the game to their opponents and Vuk Strbac and Petar Milanovic showed no fear as they constantly launched themselves at the Czech’s in both attack and defence.

Serbian coach Vladan Kikanovic was proud of his young charges efforts and predicted big futures for some of them. “These guys are the future of Serbian rugby league,” he said. “It won’t be long before many of them are pushing for full Serbian national team selection.”

“The standard of the Czech team has improved a lot since I played against them in 2010,” he continued. “I was not too sure of what level they would be today, but I can see that the Czechs are definitely improving as rugby league players, they have great potential to improve even more as they continue to play more.”

Czech captain Petr Sedina was satisfied that the match was good preparation for the country’s forthcoming European Bowl commitments, but still sees plenty of room for improvement. “The first half was fine, but the second was disappointing,” he noted.

“I thought some of our defence was not up to scratch and we also struggled to convert good field position into points. That is something we need to work on, and we also need to eliminate the silly penalties from our game that cost us several times.”

He added, “The positive, though, was that several first-choice players were unavailable today and so we debuted quite a few a new guys, with half the team being 21 years or younger. That’s encouraging for the future but we must now focus on the rest of this season and playing against tough and experienced teams from Norway and Ukraine.’

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Rugby League European Shield Game 9 – Italy 38 Russia 18 – Report

RUGBY LEAGUE EUROPEAN SHIELD GAME 9 – ITALY 38 RUSSIA 18 – Este, Saturday

Russia will have to wait until they face holders Germany in August if they are to lift the European Shield after defeat in Italy.

The table toppers were overwhelmed in the first half by the confident hosts, the Azzurri romping to a 32-0 lead by the break courtesy of six tries, all from different scorers.

Hookers Ray Nasso and substitute Chris De Meyer were near unstoppable running out of dummy half to establish field position while teenage second rower Gioele Celerino was a constant handful and Chris Vitalini a rock on defence.

Italy coach Paul Broadbent was highly satisfied with the comprehensive victory. “We played some really good rugby,” he said.

“We have made the World Cup part of our preparation, everyone knows that if they perform they have a chance of gaining a spot in the squad. The guys showed real commitment and whether or not they make it, they want to finish the Shield well.”

His side moved above Serbia into second place on point’s difference, four behind the Russians but Broadbent was more impressed with the overall progress that has been made.

“I’m very proud considering where we were two years ago,” he added. “We went through some tough times but the players dug deep, upped the intensity and came through the other side. It’s now a quality rugby league outfit.”

Broadbent could not have asked for a better start, scrum half Remi Fontana sniping over in the fourth minute and converting his own try.

Winger Octavian Ilinca found space out wide soon after to cross, Fontana missing with the conversion.

Russia then enjoyed a dominant spell, camping on the home line for eight minutes but could not breach the blue wall, Warrington Wolves youngster James Saltonstall breaking the siege with a third Italian try out wide.

Fontana missed the conversion but was on target in the 25th minute after Celerino’s deserved score; Vitalini over on the half hour, Gert Peens converting.

Seven minutes before the break, De Meyer went in from dummy half, Peens goaling to maintain the point-a-minute spree.

Russia came out more like the side that had seen them unbeaten in their opening four matches of the tournament at the start of the second half.

Skipper Aleksandr Lysokon’s long pass put half back partner Eduard Ososkov in for a try, Lysokon adding the extras and, in the 56th minute, prop Anatoly Grigorev powered his way over, Lysokon with the goal to make it 32-12.

Nasso’s scoot and Peens’ third conversion just after the hour secured victory for the Italians, Lysokon with a try and goal for a ten point haul completing the scoring as the home side’s discipline let them down after the break, conceding ten penalties.

Injuries meant that from early in the second half, Russia effectively had one substitute which made their revival the more impressive.

Bears second rower Grigory Esin acknowledged that his side was second best. “It was a tough game,” he said. “We were a bit nervous at the start and blew a lot of chances.”

“In the second half we regrouped and told each other that we had to win that which we did but we had given ourselves too much to do.”

ITALY

1 Fabrizio Ciaurro

2 Octavian Ilinca

3 Christophe Calegari

4 James Saltenstall

5 Rodrigo Marchesi

6 Pierangelo Ceretti

7 Remi Fontana

8 Chris Vitalini

9 Ray Nasso

10 Cedric Prizzon

11 Gioele Celerino

12 Davide Rancati

13 Jonathon Marcinczak

Subs (all used)

14 Drake Muyodi

15 Chris De Meyer

16 Ivan Barani

17 Gert Peens

Tries: Fontana (4), Ilinca (9), Saltonstall (20), Celerino (25), Vitalini (29), De Meyer (33), Nasso (63)

Goals: Fontana 2, Peens 3

RUSSIA

1 Maksim Suchkov

2 Rustam Bulanov

3 Igor Chuprin

4 Alexey Mikhaylov

5 Dmitriy Bratko

6 Aleksandr Lysokon (c)

7 Eduard Ososkov

8 Konstantin Roschin

9 Vladimir Vlasyuk

10 Anatoly Grigorev

11 Vadim Fedchuk

12 Grigory Esin

13 Kirill Nechaev

Subs (all used)

14 Denis Chuprin

15 Sergey Beliavskiy

16 Alexey Nikolaev

17 Andrey Sevostianov

Tries: Ososkov (46), Grigorev (56), Lysokon (69)

Goals: Lysokon 3

Half time: 32-0

Penalty count: 9-13

Referee: Andy Sweet (England)

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Rugby League European Shield Preview: Game 9 – Italy V Russia

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EUROPEAN SHIELD PREVIEW: GAME 9 – ITALY V RUSSIA

Top of the table, unbeaten Russia travel to Este, 70km south-west of Venice, this weekend for what could be the decisive match of the 2012-13 European Shield. Should the Bears win a fifth consecutive game it will secure the trophy against the only other team still in with a chance of ultimate victory.

Italy assistant coach Paul Broadbent, who is in charge of the Azzurri’s Shield campaign, has named a strong 20-man squad including five players from the French championship alongside Chris Vitalini of Gloucestershire All Golds and debutant James Saltenstall from Warrington Wolves. French Elite trio Jonathon Marcinczak, cup winner Ray Nasso and Remi Fontana are also in contention while up front Italy will be led by Cedric Prizzon, who topped both their tackles and carries in all three matches last year.

From the domestic clubs, Brescia’s Pierangelo Ceretti and North West Roosters duo Gioele Celerino and Mattia Saracco are called up for the first time after strong performances in Serie A, but two of last year’s strongest contributors, Nourou Bance and Giacomo Alfonsi, are out injured.

“Everyone at FIRL are very excited about what’s going on in the domestic game,” Broadbent said. “Interest in rugby league has developed massively with the World Cup coming up and everyone wanting to be involved in it .

“We are really looking forward to the game against Russia to continue the development of our professionalism, commitment and understanding needed to be a force in rugby league. The new players coming in from new clubs in new areas bring great enthusiasm and we now look forward to playing an in-form, confident Russian side to see how far we have come.”

Russia has been beset by withdrawals, most notably the loss of powerful prop Sergey Konstantinov, the man-of-the-match in two of their four Shield matches so far, but out with the broken arm sustained against Serbia in May. Strong forwards Victor Tolstov and Sergey Zuev are away with the Russian student team at their World Cup, while loose forward Sergey Gaponov and strike centre Petr Botnarash are unavailable, meaning coach Eduard Ososkov has drafted in young Storm second row Konstantin Roschin and his experienced club-mate, utility Denis Chuprin.

“We know that Italy is a very strong team with a skilful, quick and experienced core of players from England and France,” said Ososkov. “But we will try to do our best under the circumstances.”

The match kicks off at 19.30 hrs in Este’s Stadio Augusteo and is preceded by an U18s clash.

ITALY 20-MAN SQUAD

Ray Nasso, (Avignon XIII), Pierangelo Ceretti (Il XIII de Bresa), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Fabrizio Ciaurro (Coventry Bears), Christophe Calegari (Lezignan Corbieres), Gioele Celerino, Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens, Mattia Saracco (NW Roosters), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Chris Vitalini (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), Cedric Prizzon (Villefranche en Rouergue), James Saltenstall (Warrington Wolves), Ivan Barani, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake Muyodi, Davide Rancati (XIII del Ducato), Rodrigo Marchesi (XIII del Duomo), Andrea Sola (XIII della Ghirandina).

RUSSIA 17-MAN SQUAD
Sergey Beliavskiy, Alexey Mikhaylov (MGPU), Dmitriy Bratko, Denis Chuprin, Igor Chuprin, Vadim Fedchuk, Konstantin Roschin (Storm), Grigory Esin (St Petersburg), Rustam Bulanov, Anatoly Grigorev, Aleksandr Lysokon (c), Kirill Nechaev, Alexey Nikolaev, Eduard Ososkov, Andrey Sevostianov, Maksim Suchkov, Vladimir Vlasyuk (Vereya Bears)

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Norway select train-on squad for rugby league European Bowl clashes

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NORWAY TRAIN-ON SQUAD FOR BOWL ANNOUNCED

Head coach Matt South has announced a 38-man initial squad just over a week ahead from Norway’s rugby league European Bowl match in Ukraine, as their championship heads into a summer break.

"This year’s national squad will most likely consist of several new players, which is very positive and will definitely help us develop as a sport in Norway,” he said. “We are very much looking forward to playing in the European Bowl, it will be a great learning experience.”

Reigning champions Oslo Capitals provide 10 players, having so far dominated the seven-club local competition once again. The likes of Peter Engeland, Cameron Leslie, Anders Linnestå, Erlend Meldalen and Fredrik Skovly have provided the backbone of the Norwegian side since 2010.

“All the players, both current and new, are very excited to represent Norway, especially since rugby league is becoming increasingly popular in our country and in Europe,” continued South. “Both Ukraine and the Czech Republic are very good teams with more experience than us, which we can learn from. “

New club Kristiansand Krusaders from the west of the country is represented by five players after a promising first season, while Flekkefjord supply seven, including experienced campaigner Kristoffer Milligan.

NORWAY 38-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD

Joachim Johnsen, Magnus Sundsfjord, Helge Westermann (Bodø Barbarians), Stewart Elliot, Gilbert Haydamous, Kenneth Krosslid, Kristoffer Milligan. Ezra McIntyre, Lloyd Omdal, Roger Stenlund (Flekkefjord Tigers), Sonny Mellor (Flisbyen Broncos), Henrik Edvardsen, Kristian Elgheim, Peder Hansen, Jørgen Schmidt (Fredrikstad Falcons), Omar Baghdadi, Joshua Bates, Sean Casey, Tim Hackney, Stig Reiersen (Kristiansand Krusaders), Peter Engeland, Tommy Hilton, Josh Hornby, Cameron Leslie, Anders Linnestå, Erlend Meldalen, Trent Rowan, Isaac Schmidt, Fredrik Skovly, Martin Skovly (Oslo Capitals), Kevin Båtnes, Andreas Bjugn, Matthew Davidson, Glenn Erling Gundersen, Kristoffer Håkonsen, Louie Procopio (Porsgrunn Pirates), Vetle Sandring (Tromsø Polar Bears)

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Ukraine announce squad for rugby league European Bowl clash

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FROM: UKRAINE RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION

DATE: 24 June 2013

CONTACT: Artur.martyrosyan

UKRAINE TRAIN-ON SQUAD ANNOUNCED

The Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) has announced a 20-man squad for the opening fixture of the 2013 RLEF European Bowl against Norway in Kharkov on 6th July. Fresh from their historic 26-22 victory over BARLA Young Lions, Artur Martyrosyan’s men will be full of confidence.

They are led by the outstanding player in that match fullback Volodymyr Mashkin, while captain Oleksandr Skorbach will marshal the side from his stand-off position. Up front, the Ukrainians will be spearheaded by Sergii Kravchenko and powerful prop Maksym Miroshnichenko, part of an 11-strong contingent from the Ukrainian champions Legion XIII.

Ukrainian teams have regularly been noted for their peak physical condition and four players – Urii Smolii, Oleksandr Kozak, Mykhailo Troyan and Bogdan Vepryk – hail from an athletics or fitness background, while Donbass Tiger Anatolii Egorov, formerly with Donetsk football club, will add to the squad’s rugged edge.

UKRAINE 20-MAN SQUAD

Pavlo Kardakov, Oleksandr Korobov, Sergii Kravchenko, Maksym Miroshnichenko, Oleksandr Kozak, Sergii Romanko, Oleksandr Skorbach, Urii Smolii, Vadym Tolstoi, Mykhailo Troyan, Volodymyr Mashkin (Legion XIII, Kharkiv), Artem Bespalchenko, Vitalii Felko, Bogdan Vepryk (Storm, Kharkiv), Anatolii Egorov, Volobymyr Lysenko, Volodymyr Mazepa, Danyl Pozhidaev (Donbass Tigers, Donetsk), Roman Shashkov, Igor Urkin (Typhoon, Krasnoarmiysk)

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