4 Nations Finalists Confirmed

By Daniel Andruczyk

This weekend saw a big weekend of international rugby league and only one domestic season playing. In France Lezignan remain undefeated 5 rounds into the LER Elite 1 competition while internationally the 4 Nations finalists have been decided despite a round still to go. The inaugural Nordic Cup was played and the Junior Kiwis and Junior Kangaroos fought out a topsy turvy match.

France – Elite 1

In France round 5 of the Elite 1 competition was played and there is one team that is undefeated. Surprise, Surprise its Lezignan. Lezignan defeated Carpentras 48-20, Pia lost to Limoux 20-28 while Carcassonne defeated St Gaudens/Toulouse 30-19. UTC defeated Avignion 48-38 and Villeneuve were victorious over Montpellier 32-20. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 5 5 0 0 0 164 15
2 Pia 5 4 0 1 0 93 13
3 Carpentras 5 3 1 1 0 22 12
4 Villeneuve 5 3 0 2 0 1 11
5 Carcassonne 5 2 0 3 0 -6 9
6 Limoux 4 2 0 2 0 -3 8
7 UTC 4 1 1 2 0 -16 7
8 Montpellier 5 1 0 4 0 -56 7
9 Avignion 5 1 0 4 0 -88 7
10 St Gaudens/Toulouse 5 1 0 4 0 -111 7

4 Nations

In the 4 Nations Papua New Guinea faced an uphill battle against the monstrous Kiwis. Some massive hits rocked the stadium as the Kumuls and Kiwis clashed. but big hits and enthusiasm weren’t;t enough for the professionalism of the New Zealanders. The Kiwis ran out winners 76-12. England faced an Australian team that was looking to get out of second gear. In an exciting opening 20 minutes where the Poms seemed to have the edge leading 8-6, they fell away. By the end the Australians had ran out convincing winners 34-14.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 0 78 4
2 Australia 2 2 0 0 0 62 4
3 England 2 0 0 2 0 -34 0
4 Papua New Guinea 2 0 0 2 0 -106 0

The next round sees a double header with New Zealand playing Australia and in the opener its Papua New Guinea against the English. But despite this the finalists have been decided and in two weekends time in Brisbane, Australia Australia and the New Zealand Kiwis will fight it out for 4 Nations champions.

Nordic Cup

The inaugural Nordic Cup was played on the weekend in Gothenberg Sweden. the Swedes took on Warren Heilig’s Norwegian Vikings. In what could be considered a sort of upset the Swedes were able to hold the more experienced and fancied Norwegian team to an 20-20 draw.

Other Internationals

Only one other international was played and that was the Junior Kiwis up against the Junior Kangaroos. The Kangaroos had it easy in the 1st half, running out to a 20-0 lead. But in what has to be one of the more astonishing turn round’s the Junior Kiwis stormed back to win the match 36-20, holding the Aussies to no score in the second stanza. This makes the 2 match series tied at 1-1.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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4 Responses to “4 Nations Finalists Confirmed”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    We want france and png added to the 4 nations concept increasing it to 6 nations next year in europe otherwise international football will never ever go ahead.Why lose momentum and isn’t that just typical of rl and the kiwis should play the first game of the 6 nations at port moresby on their way up to europe.

  2. Ashley says:

    Lezignan again the team to beat. Glad to see Montpellier aren’t getting over run in their first year.

    As for the 4N I think it’s time the whole league community needs to band together and demand Neutral refs, it’s happens in European competition but not the top international competition, what a joke.

    • druzik says:

      Agree… neutral refs are needed.

      Lezignan have done a phenomenal job professionalizing themselves. Its funny they are a small town, only like 10,000 people yet have one of the richest and well run clubs that can attract some top line players to play for them. I have been surprised that more clubs have not tried to use what ever model they use.

      Its is great to have Montpelier back… I don’t think anyone has expected them to be anywhere near the top this year, they will be finding their legs, but they are not getting the back lane beating either as you say. The nice thing about the Elite competition, though it does have P&R its not done on results but clubs ability to sustain itself. So say Montpelier does come last, this does not mean they drop back to Elite 2. They can still do things to be there in the long run which is nice. Bit like super league but on a yearly time frame.

  3. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Auckland rugby league should be touring france,italy,malta and germany now if i was the boss of auckland rugby league[strike while the iron is hot]and i am planing a political coup against the likes of cammy cams,sideshow sel,the rooster and the shirt lifter in the not-too-distant future.Watch this space daniel.

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