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Bosnia & Herzegovina 4 Serbia 50 – report

A younger Serbian facet posted 9 tries to expire 50-4 winners away in Bosnia & Herzegovina on the NK Rijeka floor in Vitez, within the first rugby league worldwide staged in 2021. Partisan 1953 prop Djordje Krnjeta crossed twice for the guests as did Dorcol scrum half Mateja Nedeljkovic, who led 18-4 on the break and dominated the second interval.

It was the primary official Take a look at match for the hosts, Bosnia & Herzegovina RL Federation president Zeljko Ljubanic, commenting: “It was a special occasion for us, the primary time we’re as one and it was a great match and efficiency from us after solely having the ability to practice collectively twice because the Covid restrictions start to be lifted.

“We’d like longer collectively to coach after which we are going to make one thing good over the following few months. Our plan is to work with the native authorities in Banja Luka to start out a rugby faculty for the younger guys and women and that may actually assist to advertise rugby league right here.”

Bosnia & Herzegovina skipper Marin Vrhovac added: “We performed a robust recreation, they had been bodily higher ready however I’m glad with how we performed. We plan to coach extra after this and I can’t look forward to these guys to play extra video games collectively.”

Serbia, who began and ended the sport strongly, included a core of their U18s of their first worldwide since a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Greece in November 2019, at the beginning of a 4 match tour of different growing Balkan nations. They’ll face Bulgaria in Sofia on 10 June, Montenegro in Bar a fortnight later and also will tackle Albania in Shkodra on 4 July.

Serbian Rugby League director, Dragan Pavlovic, stated: “Our plan is to play all these matches with primarily U21 gamers to construct up our nationwide crew for the longer term and to help the Balkan nations in our neighbourhood to develop rugby league.

“The place we now have such alternatives, we are going to ship our coach and match official educators to additionally run stage 1 programs. This was an necessary day for Serbian RL as a result of we performed our nationwide crew right here and likewise on the identical day at dwelling we kicked off the SRL second division that includes 5 golf equipment; three from Serbia and one every from Bulgaria and Montenegro.”

Previous to the match, European Rugby League coach educator from Serbia, Slobodan Manak, delivered a two day stage 1 teaching course for ten Bosnia & Herzegovina candidates from the cities of Vitez, Zenica and Banja Luka.


Marin Vrhovac, Zvonimir Ljubanic, Marko Banovic, Ranko Stevanovic, Mladen Bobar, Aleksa Ajder, Viktor Bilic, Stjepan Krizanac, Alem Sabanovic, Namik Mahmic, Marko Sadzak, Selim Sefer, Sinisa Mijic. Subs: Ivan Stojak, Petar Dujmic, Joseph Naalonge Moses, Branko Topalovic

Strive: Banovic (30)


Andrej Marinkovic, Uros Ilic, Ilija Stanic, Branko Sabanovic, Uros Popovic, Lazar Stamenkovic, Mateja Nedeljkovic, Strahinja Stojiljkovic, Nikola Mladenovic, Djordje Krnjeta, Luka Ilic, Marko Jevdjic, Enis Bibic. Subs: Marko Milicevic, Milos Pavlovic, Batric Jevric, Veljko Djordjevic

Tries: Marinkovic (5), Krnjeta (10, 79), Jevdjic (13), Ilic (45), Nedeljkovic (58, 71), Popovic (62), Bibic (78)

Objectives: Stojiljkovic 6, Bibic

Half time: 4-18

Referee: Slobodan Manak

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