In solely their third worldwide, Bulgaria put in a spirited efficiency to run a younger Serbia facet shut at FC Trebich in Sofia. The hosts trailed narrowly at half time and it took a attempt within the 71st minute from prop Djordje Krnjeta – who crossed twice final week in opposition to Bosnia & Herzegovina – for the guests to say the spoils.
Bulgarian Rugby League Federation president, Tihomir Simeonov, commented: “It was a extremely tight sport. We lacked a bit of self-discipline ultimately however I’m extraordinarily proud on our lads, they labored arduous and improved considerably. We’re younger facet and can proceed to be taught. We are going to hold upgrading relationships with groups from Serbia and are wanting ahead to enjoying in opposition to them once more.”
The kick off was delayed by an hour as a result of heavy storms and to guard the gamers from a doable lightning strike and Serbia started strongly, with two unconverted tries from winger Uros Ilic and Nikola Mladenovic contained in the opening ten minutes.
Bulgaria hit again when centre Denis Ivanov crossed and Ali Rasol goaled, hooker Mladenovic claiming his second attempt in reply quickly after, Strahinja Stojiljkovic with the conversion. Residence man of the match Miroslav Debreliev’s landing made to 10-14 on the break.
In a sensational begin to the second half, Jeliazko Kostadinov edged Bulgaria degree and Rasol’s conversion put them forward for the primary time however with Debreliev and Serbia’s finest – reverse quantity Enis Bibic – within the sin bin, Serbia retook the lead with a second Ilic try to two extra Stojiljkovic targets – the second a penalty after a high quality Bibic break on his return – earlier than Krnjeta sealed victory.
Jasmin Bibic, Serbia assistant coach, mentioned: “The match was very bodily and aggressive. We want that for this younger workforce to make them stronger gamers. Bulgaria had been superb and effectively ready, they made it extraordinarily robust for us. We proceed with matches in opposition to Montenegro and Albania subsequent and it is a large expertise for our facet.”
Alexander Alexandrov, Svetislav Simeonov, Denis Ivanov, Milen Nikolov, Kiril Atanasov, Marian Penov, Kristian Ivanov, Hristian Ivanov, Slavi Givmushan, Hristov Georgiev, Alex Arsov, James Mott, Miroslav Debreliev
Subs (all used): Velislav Bozev, Tomas Roch, Jeliazko Kostadinov, Ali Rasol
Tries: Ivanov (19), Debreliev (32), Kostadinov (42)
Targets: Rasol 2/3
Andrej Marinkovic, Aleksa Zivojinovic, Uros Stojkovic, Dorotej-Dado Arnold, Uros Ilic, Luka Raskovic, Mateja Nedeljkovic, Djordje Krnjeta, Nikola Mladenovic, Strahinja Stojiljkovic, Marko Jevdjic, Luka Ilic, Enis Bibic
Subs (all used) Branko Sabanovic, Milos Pavlovic, Veljko Djordjevic, Batric Jevric
Tries: Ilic (6, 55), Mladenovic (10, 25), Krnjeta (71)
Targets: Stojiljkovic 4/6
Half time: 10-14
Referee: Slobodan Manak