Saturday, March 19, 2011


Ukraine v Portugal in Lisbon (ENC 1B)

Venue: Estádio Universitário de Lisboa

Referee: D.Phillips (Ireland)

Portugals match against Spain last weekend was nothing short of a disaster. The team just never fired and allowed the local side into the game, a position the Spaniards never let go. Portugal now has a home game against lowly placed Ukraine. Getting back to a winning way is crucial for the Portuguese.

The Ukraine just do not seem to lift themselves in this competition. They lost 5-41 to a Russian side last weekend who themselves has been out of sorts. Just what Ukraine can do I do not know but clearly, so far, they are out of their depth at this level.

Previous Encounters
13.05.2006 Portugal 52-14 in Lisbon (ENC 1)
20.11.2004 Portugal 36-16 in Odessa (ENC 1)

Portugal Last Five
12.03.2011 v Spain L 10-25 in Madrid (ENC 1B)
26.02.2011 v Georgia L 12-13 in Lisbon (ENC 1A)
12.02.2011 v Russia W 21-19 in Sochi (ENC 1A)
05.02.2011 v Romania W 24-17 in Lisbon (ENC 1A)
27.11.2010 v Canada L 20-23 in Lisbon (Friendly)

Ukraine Last Five
12.03.2011 v Russia L 5-41 in Odessa (ENC 1B)
26.02.2011 v Spain L 13-35 in Madrid (ENC 1A)
05.02.2011 v Georgia L 3-62 in Tblissi (ENC 1A)
05.06.2010 v Romania L 7-61 in Bucharest (WCQ Europe R5, semi-final 2nd leg)
22.05.2010 v Romania L 3-33 in Kiev (WCQ Europe R5, Semi-final 1st leg)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table-Portugal 8th, Ukraine 17th

IRB Ranking Points
Portugal 61.81, Ukraine 53.34

Prediction: Portugal by 46 points



Portugal Squad

António Aguilar (GD Direito)
Fernando Almeida (V Setubal)
Anthony Alves (Montauban, France)
Julien Bardy (Clermont Ferrand, France)
Pedro Cabral (CD University Lisboa)
Lionel Campergue (Pau, France)
Rui D’Orey (GD Direito)
Bernardo Duarte (AEIS Agronomia)
Adérito Esteves (GD Direito)
Joseph Gardener (Aubenas)
Tiago Girão (CD University Lisboa)
Jacques Le Roux (AEISA Agronomia)
Pedro Leal (GD Direito)
Carl Murray (CD University Lisboa)
Juan Murré (El Salvador)
José Pinto (GD Direito)
Francisco Serra (AC Coimbra)
Juan Severino (AEISA Agronomia)
Pedro Silva (CF Belenenses)
Bernardo Silveira (CD University Lisboa)
Cristian Spachuk (Colomiers Rugby, France)
Gonçalo Uva (Montpellier, France)
Vasco Uva (GD Direito)
Head Coach: Errol Brain


Ukraine Squad unavailable

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