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Netherlands take Rugby League Euro D crown in opposition to Czechia

A hat trick of tries from excellent centre Joran Schoenmaker – the second a sensational solo effort – noticed Netherlands declare the Euro D Championship, with a 36-10 win over Czechia on the Huseyin Akar Tesisler Stadium in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Orange Lions led 14-0 on the break, Auke Idzerda having kicked three early penalties, and although Czechia admirably saved going to the top with two comfort tries, Netherlands not solely win promotion to Euro B however proceed on the Rugby League World Cup 2025 qualifying highway.

Head coach Kane Krlic, who’s standing down after 5 years in cost, paid tribute to his aspect. “That confirmed lots of what Dutch rugby league is about,” he mentioned. “Working onerous for one another, I’m simply actually proud. Now that we’re rising the home competitors, this workforce is just going to get stronger and I can’t wait to see the expansion. These lads love representing the nation and love the game as properly.”

Second-half tries from Shaden Lavia, winger Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz pouncing a unfastened ball, and rangy back-rower Daniel De Ruiter put Netherlands 30 factors up, however Czechia stand-off Daniel Veselý led a late revival taking a advantageous offload to snipe over and changing Black Angels Hodonín’s Tomas Kasik’s rating, earlier than Schoenmaker accomplished his treble.

“We misplaced our captain and hooker Tomáš Řičica early on and we made lots of errors, so within the first half we had been solely defending,” mentioned Czechia head coach David Lahr, for whom Jan Hovard was a standout. “To lose within the remaining, I’m very happy with this very younger squad.”

The Netherlands, with Den Haag Knights prop Bonne Wilce additionally excellent, had been introduced with the trophy by officers from the Bodrum Municipality, who supported the Championship, and the French Consul Basic.


Laury Renac, Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz, Joran Schoenmaker, Edson Neves, Isaacs Ngirubiu, Auke Idzera, Ben Dommershuijsen, Mauricio Gomez Pazos, Paul Dirkzwager, Bonne Wilce, Daniel De Ruiter, Paul Kuijpers, Frank Longhurst

Subs (all used): Lucas Gout, Shadan Lavia, Romeo Goldman, Adam Braksator 

Tries: Schoenmaker (8, 22, 77), Lavia (44), Razoux Schultz (53), De Ruiter (60)

Objectives: Idzera 6/9


Matěj Greenwood, Martin Kubát, Tomáš Kasík, Filip-Daniel Kittl, Antonín Berk, Daniel Veselý, Jakub Hudrlík, Jan Říha, Tomáš Řičica, David Bělohlávek, Taras Turkevyč, Jan Hovard, Ondřej Preininger

Subs (all used): Josef Chuchlík, Erik Schulz, Josef Brynda, Jan Pecháček

Tries: Veselý (64), Kasík (72)

Objectives: Veselý 1/2

Half time: 14-0

Referee: Eamonn Whelan (Eire)

Within the match for third place and world rating factors, hosts Turkey had been too robust within the second half for Malta, successful 36-12, in 27 diploma warmth and in entrance of a partisan crowd that included skilled Aiden Sezer, a part of the Turkish employees, who flew in for the sport.

The perimeters had been degree on the break, however with no out there substitutes Malta struggled to comprise the house pack within the second interval. Turkey posted seven tries, all from totally different scorers, scrum-half Behzad Bayram ending with 12 factors and Kadiköy Bulls’ Doruk Çeliktutan, coming back from an early sin-binning, breaking the impasse after the interval.

Julien Treu, Turkey head coach commented: “We’re very pleased with the consequence. We needed to refocus after the loss to the Netherlands on Thursday and we had the precise perspective to complete this event on an excellent, constructive notice. We wish extra worldwide video games, we confirmed that we are able to host and we need to attain a better degree quickly, the fellows are eager and we now have a robust workforce on and off the pitch.”

Wonderful prop Dean Zammit collected Zarrin Galea’s kick for Malta’s first rating on the half-hour, hooker Robin Cutajar following him over 4 minutes later in a spirited total effort.

“I can’t fault the efforts of our gamers,” Malta head coach Roderick Attard famous. “We had guys who had been injured enjoying the complete 80 minutes, they gave their all and it was not a stroll within the park for the Turks so I’m happy with them.”


Miraç Ertürk, Can Günersu, Eren Kemal Şen, Errol Carter, Batuhan Balçin, Ozan Işik, Behzad Bayram, Alperen Kademli, Oğuzhan Demir, Çağas Çiçek, Oğuzhan Tirendez, Mert Tayyar Berktav, Doruk Çeliktutan 

Subs (all used): Ahmet Tarik Tekin, Kemal Ege Gürkan, Yusuf Can Tunç, Ömer Faruk Pir

Tries: Demir (2), Işik (12), Çeliktutan (42), Bayram (46),  Balçin (52), Tayyar Berktav (63), Tirendez (79)

Objectives: Bayram 4/7

Sin bin: Çeliktutan (6 – harmful deal with)


Mark Cammilleri, James Grech, Christian Briffa, Cameron Brown, Jean-Pierre Zarb, Karl Cassar, Zarrin Galea, Jeremy Dela, Robin Cutajar, Dean Zammit, Alfie Jewitt, Russell Bugeja, Justin Barlogio

Sub (used): Justin Farrugia

Tries: Zammit (29), Cutajar (33)

Objectives: Galea 2/2

Half time: 12-12

Referee: Jarda Bzoch (Czechia)

Czechia and Netherlands win opening matches in Rugby League Euro D

The ultimate of the Euro Championship D on Sunday will function Czechia – after they defeated Malta 40-16 within the opening recreation, and Netherlands – who beat hosts Turkey 40-18, in a double-header on the Huseyin Akar Tesisler Stadium in Bodrum.

Over 500 followers watched the matches which each noticed dominant second-half shows by the victors.

The opening encounter was marred by a compound leg fracture to Czech substitute Jiří Pecina within the sixteenth minute quickly after he got here on from the bench, which led to a 30-minute delay as he was handled, and it was accidents to quite a few Maltese gamers that finally value them.

“Our first half was horrible,” mentioned Czechia head coach David Lahr. “We began actually badly after which misplaced certainly one of our greatest gamers to damage. We want him properly and hope that it isn’t the top of his profession and dedicate the win to him. Within the second half we began to get extra management across the ruck and that was what we wanted. I’m actually proud as a result of we solely used home gamers and that’s the finest for us.”

Malta led 16-0 with solely 25 minutes gone, scrum-half Zarrin Galea from Redcliffe Dolphins with a try to two targets, however two Czechia touchdowns in six minutes after half time swung the match, scrum-half Jakub Hudrlík ending with 20 factors thanks to 2 tries and 6 targets; Chrudim Rabbitohs hooker Tomáš Řičica additionally with a brace.

Malta head coach Roderick Attard famous: “We’re very disenchanted particularly as we had been main early on however our squad is small and that informed as we had nobody left on the bench. It was a workforce effort to complete the sport and everyone contributed as finest they might.”

Zwolle centre Joran Schoenmaker’s second attempt, a advantageous solo effort a minute from the break, mixed with Thomas Farrell’s first of two four-pointers a minute after it, gave the Netherlands the impetus for victory. Scrum-half Auke Idzera was excellent with the boot, touchdown six conversions and two penalties, in a convincing efficiency.

“We got here in as underdogs however now we’re on to the ultimate,” mentioned Netherlands head coach Kane Krlic. “All of our gamers are from the home competitors and that’s extraordinarily necessary to us. Rising that’s nonetheless the primary focus and that is the reward for staying loyal to these gamers.”

Turkey responded properly to going 12 factors down, hooker Oğuzhan Demir with a advantageous try to ended the scoring, head coach Julien Treu feeling that his aspect confirmed loads of promise. “We labored onerous however made too many errors and gave away lots of penalties within the first half,” he commented. “Truthful play to the Netherlands, they performed very properly however we now have confidence for the rating match with Malta and are going all out for a win on residence soil.”



Tomáš Horák, Martin Kubát, Roman Richtr, Filip-Daniel Kittl, Antonín Berk, Matěj Greenwood, Jakub Hudrlík, Jan Říha, Tomáš Řičica, David Bělohlávek,  Taras Turkevyč, Jan Hovard, Ondřej Preininger

Subs (all used): Daniel Veselý, Jiří Pecina, Tomáš Kasík, Josef Chuchlík

Tries: Bělohlávek (30), Preininger (42), Řičica (46, 70), Hudrlík (62, 67), Horák (73)

Objectives: Hudrlík 6/7


Mark Camilleri, Jean Scholey, Cameron Brown, Alfie Jewitt, Shan Francois Hussain, Christian Briffa, Zarrin Galea, Dean Zammit, Robin Cutjar, Jeremy Dela, Russell Bugeja, Jean-Pierre Zarb, Justin Barlogio

Subs (all used): Justin Farrugia, James Grech, Auden Denicoli

Tries: Scholey (5), Barlogio (10), Galea (25),  

Objectives: Galea 2/3

Sin bin: Barlogio (39 – late problem)

Half time: 6-16

Referee: Aris Dardamanis (Greece)



Miraç Ertürk, Selçuk Cömert, Behzad Bayram, Errol Carter, Batuhan Balçin, Ozan Işik, Kemal Ege Gürkan, Alperen Kademli, Oğuzhan Demir, Ahmet Tarik Tekin, Oğuzhan Tirendez, Mert Tayyar Berktav, Doruk Çeliktutan

Subs (all used): Rama Kabak, Taner Burak, Yusuf Can Tunç, Ömer Faruk Pir

Tries: Demir (25), Ertürk (30), Çeliktutan (78)

Objectives: Bayram 3/3


Laury Renac, Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz, Joran Schoenmaker, Thomas Farrell, Isaacs Ngirubiu, Ben Dommershuijsen, Auke Idzera, Mauricio Gomez Pazos, Paul Dirkzwager, Bonne Wilce, Daniel De Ruiter, Paul Kuijpers, Frank Longhurst

Subs (all used): Lucas Gout, Edson Neves, Adam Braksator,  Shadan Lavia

Tries: Shoenmake (9, 39), Ngirubiu (20), Farrell (41, 55), Renac (73)

Objectives: Idzera 8/8

Half time: 12-20

Referee: Eamonn Whelan (Eire)

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