Germany Win Scandinavian Cup, Central Asian Tour, Tonga and the Round Up.

By Daniel Andruczyk

There is a massive amount of international Rugby League this week to cover! The GB Pioneers are touring Central Asia in July and have announced their matches. Also Tonga have got a schedule of their matches to me while Melbourne have been usurped of their top spot in the NRL. Super league is getting closer to its first big day of the season and Lebanon is also getting close to the end of the season. Also a few changes being brought in at Rugby League International Scores.

News from the Pacific Front

Tonga’s domestic season has started in earnest. There are four separate islands that have their own domestic competitions. The competition on the main island of Tongatapu will start at the end of the month while the second larges competition on Vava’u has started their 12 team competition. I am awaiting results still. On the islands of Ha’apai there will be an 8 team competition starting next Saturday and Eua Island will have their competition in June after the Rugby union season ends. Once these are done there will be an Island of Origin competition. This will be run in the same spirit of Australia’s State of Origin, where it doesn’t matter which competition the players play in, they end up playing for the Island team that they come from.

On the international front, Tonga will probably play England in a warm up to the 4 Nations in Wellington and then Tonga and Samoa will play each other as the curtain raiser to the Australia vs. Papua New Guinea 4 nations match in Parramatta.

Quarter finals results from Fiji’s Secondary Schools competition are also in. In the U15s MBHS Brothers 8 – 14 QVS Knights, Ba Provincial 6 – 14 Lelean Bulldogs, RKS Eels 4 – 7 Suva Grammar and Natabua 6 – 8 Sukuna Dragons. In the U17s Suva Grammar 10 – 4 RKS Eels, Ratu Navula 4 – 10 MBHS Brothers, QVS Knight 12 – 8 LMS Bulldogs, Natabua 10 – 20 Nasinu. The 19s Suva Grammar 18 – 16 RKS Eels, Ba Provincial 10 – 14  Nabua, Natabua 11 – 20 QVS Knights, Nasinu 30 – 2 Laucala Bay Sharks.

Also just a note from a previous blog, Samoa’s secondary school competition will be held in August.

England go down in France

England’s youth team (U16s) are in France this week on a two test tour. These are the youth from the professional clubs in the English system. England youth coach David Elliot took his charges to Stade Municipal in Carpentras for the opening test and they certainly came up against a challenge. Once again France showed that at the junior level at least they are a nation to be reckoned with. A strong performance saw the French come out on top 19-16 despite a late English resurgence where scores were 19 – 10 just 7 minutes from the end. Elliot had “immense pride” for his team despite the defeat. The second and final test will be this Friday in Entrigues.

Scandinavian Cup

They say that to win a final you first need to loose one, well this certainly has rung true for last years finalists, Team Alpenstoff, from Germany. The Germans went undefeated through the tournament. There were 6 teams in two groups. In one group had Team Alpenstoff, Vanersborg RK from Sweden and Oslo RK from Norway. The second group was Spartacus RK from Sweden, Boras RK also from Sweden and Lillestrom Lions from Norway. Results were: Alpenstoff 20 – 16 Vanesborg, Spartacus 28 – 12 Boras, Alpenstoff 16 – 14 Oslo, Lillestrom 16 – 16 Boras, Vanesborg 10 – 8 Oslo, Spartacus 24 – 4 Lillestrom.

The 5/6 play off between Oslo and Lillestrom was not played due to injuries to the teams, But the 3/4 play off Vanesborg defeated Boras 34 – 4. In the final Alpenstoff defeated Spartacus in a very tight game 12 – 8. Congratulations to Simon Cooper on a wonderful result and another piece of Silverware for the display Cabinet.

NRL

Melbourne’s unbeaten run came to an end on Friday night at the hands of the Gold Coast 20 – 16. The Broncos playing valiantly were still no match for the Dragons who take the top mantle now. The Dragons won 32 – 16. Souths good start continues against the knights defeating them 28 – 10. Wests beat the Cowboys 23-16 in a tight contest while on Sunday Cronulla’s dismal run of outs continued at the hands of Manly who won at Fort Brooky 40 – 12. Penrith thrashed Sydney City 28 –6 and Canberra had a surprise win against the slipper Eels 24 – 14

Team P W D L PD Pt
St George 5 4 0 1 54 8
Melbourne 5 4 0 1 25 8
Wests 5 4 0 1 23 8
Gold Coast 5 4 0 1 17 8
Manly 5 3 0 2 52 6
New Zealand 5 3 0 2 38 6
South Sydney 5 3 0 2 35 6
Penrith 5 3 0 2 30 6
Sydney City 5 3 0 2 -11 6
North Queensland 5 2 0 3 -16 4
Canberra 5 2 0 3 -33 4
Canterbury 5 1 0 4 -6 2
Parramatta 5 1 0 4 -34 2
Newcastle 5 1 0 4 -43 2
Cronulla 5 1 0 4 -57 2
Brisbane 5 1 0 4 -69 2

Super league

Huddersfield hold their place in the top 4 this week with a convincing 24 – 0 win over Castleford. Quins pushed St Helens to just lose 24 – 32, Bradford beat Catalans 36 – 14 and Leeds had a good win over Hull 46 – 30. Rovers upset Warrington 36 – 16 while the Crusaders once again proved they are a dangerous team beating Wakefield 20 – 10. Wigan had no problems disposing of Salford 18 – 4.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Wigan 11 10 0 1 236 20
Warrington 11 8 0 3 166 16
St Helens 11 8 0 3 113 16
Huddersfield 11 7 0 4 138 14
Bradford 11 6 1 4 -20 13
Hull FC 11 6 0 5 20 12
Hull KR 11 6 0 5 14 12
Wakefield 11 6 0 5 -42 12
Leeds 11 5 1 5 67 11
Crusaders 10 4 0 6 -71 8
Castleford 11 3 0 8 -116 6
Salford 11 3 0 8 -120 6
Catalans 11 2 0 9 -176 4
Harlequins 10 1 0 9 -211 2

France

This week there were just three catch up matches to bring the French season back up to speed. There is only one round left and the anticipation is building in France. Avignion beat Pia 26 – 34, Carcassonne 18 beat Carpentras 6. While UTC had a big win over St Gaudens 66 – 10.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
Lezignan 17 14 0 1 2 244 43
Pia 17 10 0 5 2 124 35
Carcassonne 17 9 0 7 1 155 34
Limoux 17 9 0 6 2 129 33
UTC 17 7 0 8 2 57 29
Carpentras 17 7 0 8 2 -8 29
Villeneuve 17 5 1 9 2 -97 26
Avignion 17 4 1 10 2 -218 24
St Gaudens 17 1 0 14 2 -386 17

Lebanon

The Lebanese Season is also coming close to the end. Only one round remains and a few catch up matches before the play offs. Two matches were played over the weekend. LAU thumped AUST 30 – 0 and AUB beat USJ 34 – 16.

Team P W D L PD Pt
LAU 10 10 0 0 498 20
AUB 11 7 0 4 93 14
Jounieh 10 5 1 4 32 11
Wolves 9 5 0 4 -51 10
Balamand 9 4 1 4 12 9
USJ 10 3 0 7 -104 6
AUST 11 0 0 11 -464 0

Serbian Championships.

Serbias National Championship on the weekend as well. Seven teams are competing this year from across the country. Radnicki beat Nis 36 – 4, Podbara beat Belgrade University 32 – 16, Car Lazar was beaten by Red Star 42 – 38 and Dorcol had the bye.

Teams P W D L B PD Pt
Radnicki 1 1 0 0 0 32 2
Podbara 1 1 0 0 0 16 2
Red Star 1 1 0 0 0 4 2
Dorcol 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Car Lazar 1 0 0 1 0 -4 0
Belgrade University 1 0 0 1 0 -16 0
Nis 1 0 0 1 0 -32 0

The University Competition finished a couple weeks ago too. The Results are up on the web but 6 faculties fought out for honours with the Philosophy Faculty beating the Military academy 32 – 8. The final table standing is:

Team P W D L PD Pt
FAQ XIII 4 3 0 1 58 6
FON XIII 4 2 2 0 20 6
FPS XIII 4 2 0 2 -20 4
PF XIII 4 1 1 2 24 3
VA XIII 4 1 1 2 -48 3
SF XIII 4 1 0 3 -34 2

You can also do your bit to help out Serbian Rugby League. You can donate money to SRL or buy merchandise on the website. Look for the PayPal sign to donate money

Serbian_Pay_pal

Central Asia

The GB Pioneers, who as the name suggest are a team that pioneers and helped the game of Rugby League set up, will be touring to the central Asian countries for a series of three matches in July. The tour goes from 1st July – 11 July and will play Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and a combined central Asian team which will consist of players from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

House Keeping

Two things are happening with the website. I am making the results pages much more user friendly to navigate and view scores. So hopefully now you wont need a magnifying glass to see results. Also a new Rugby league International Scores forum will be coming on line, one that is now linked in with the actual website as opposed to separate. The old one will still be running as that is Ryan’s baby and I will still be on there, but I felt that the Website needed it own one.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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13 Responses to “Germany Win Scandinavian Cup, Central Asian Tour, Tonga and the Round Up.”

  1. Joel says:

    Might be able to create some form of Asian Championship in the 5 years or so than – e.g. Japan and a few of those mentioned + Pakistan.

    • druzik says:

      This certainly could become an opportunity, though I think to start with these nations will fall under the European sphere. Pakistan will be definitely coming under the MENA sphere of influence.

      The Biggest issue for Japan is VISAs with these countries. I still don’t know why more nations and teams from Australia and New Zealand aren’t travelling over there for matches. They are desperate to play anyone.

  2. superpaulia says:

    This is good news.

    Kazakhstan’s involvement in International RL is long overdue. I’m sure that they will be made very welcome.

    I’m slightly concerned about the political situation in Krygyzstan where I know there has been some unrest. RL has a history of bad luck with it’s international development work e.g. Russia in the late eighties. Lets hope this can be resolved.

    • druzik says:

      Kazakhstan was actually there from the start when the Soviets played and then they all fractured. The Kazakhs continued playing but then stopped for some reason. But its seems god that they are back into it and have women playing as well.

      Yes the Political situation Kyrgyzstan is one to watch out for, unfortunately. Hope it all resolves soon.

  3. sportsmad says:

    ahh, just asked a question on the forum as to whether the tongan games had been confirmed. this explains it all.
    on a separate matter though, do u know if anyone is rumoured to be touring japan at all in the next year or so?

    great news on the new forum. starting from scratch. way to waste my posts dan!! lol
    any idea when this is coming online?

    • druzik says:

      So the games have been confirmed as far as I have been told. This was sorted out at the last RLIF meeting. I am waiting upon hearing what the Fijians and Cook Islanders are doing.

      So I have been trying to get the Norwegians to tour to Japan, both parties are keen, but with Norway’s inclusion in the Euro Med and a possibly another tournament this might be put on the backburner… I am hoping that maybe tha AAS could do a trip or maybe have one of the CRL or lower grade clubs do an end of season tour there.

      The old forum will still be there, that is Ryan’s baby, so none of your posts will be wasted, but my forum will be very much concentrating on International stuff and not so much on the NRL or ESL… I also want to get many more special guests in to talk shop.

      I am hoping to get it up in the next couple weeks a full launch but you can already start to see it here… slowly getting there, not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

  4. Robbo says:

    Well done on another great informative blog Dan! I didn’t realise that Tonga had such a vast domestic competition scene with 4 seperate comps and what a great idea to have an Island Origin Series, sensational.

    How many teams did Serbia have last year, was it the same or have they had any new teams enter the comp this year?

    Good to see a few Swedish sides participate in the Scandivadian Cup, are these made up of ex-pats or locals?

    • druzik says:

      Yeah, I knew Tonga had a pretty vast game but it was always hard to get info out of them, seems that now I have some contact there. But it is great to see that the game is strong and growing there.

      The Serbians have had one extra team enter the University comp which was the Military Academy and they Have in the regular domestic competition two new teams join this year. Their comp now spans nearly the whole country and they can get a three team Origin series going now.

      Yes Sweden is starting to get things going, all the Scandinavian teams seem to be helping each other well.

  5. druzik says:

    Its had both… you need to get you caps lock off… otherwise you come across as a scream kid.

    League has had some poor administrators in the past, no denying that, but it also has had bad luck and had to put up with unwarranted attacks.

  6. C.T.SANDERS says:

    What bad luck.Just share stupidity.

  7. C.T.SANDERS says:

    For the umpteenth time daniel where are the results of the gb pioneers tour to kazakhstan,ubekistan and kryayzstan?Did the pioneers get lost in that part of the world?

  8. slippery says:

    there should be a emerging nation comp in eourpe & asia with 16 cuntrys 2 pools
    western conference
    norway sweden czech rep germany italy
    morocco(marsielle) catalonia malta
    eastern conference
    russia latvia ukraine serbia gerogia uae
    lebanon greece
    with the 4 semi finalist quailify to the european cup against wales france scotland & ireland so there for there should also have world shield tourament between pacific nations of usa fiji sth africa tonga samoa jamaica canada png & european nations a year before the world cup and would be better explore & footy as well

    • druzik says:

      Europe already has a tiers competition structure with the Cup, Shield, Bowl and Med.

      I agree that the Paciofic needs to have more structure. Not sure if you have read some of my earliest posts on the structuring of the international game and how to fix international rugby league, have a look through the October and November months of 2009.

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