Saturday, May 7, 2011

RUGBY TEST MATCH: European Nations Cup, Div. 2A

Lithuania v Croatia in Split (ENC 2A)

Venue: Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj

Referee: Pedro Murinello (Portugal)

LITHUANIA 3 2 0 1 88 35 -53 1 1 10
SWEDEN 2 2 0 0 58 35 23 1 0 9
MALTA 3 1 0 2 53 56 -3 1 2 7
LATVIA 3 1 0 2 48 97 -49 1 1 6
CROATIA 3 1 0 2 41 65 -24 0 1 5

Lithuania and Croatia clash for the first time in men’s 15s test rugby. The situation is far closer than the table suggests. Lithuania will be very keen to come away with a win to keep them up with competition leaders Sweden. They require maximum points.

Croatia will be smarting from their loss away to Malta last weekend. They need a win to pull themselves away from the bottom of the ladder.


You can see the game
Match will be shown live by Hrvatska televizija - drugi program HTV at 15.10 local time

Croatia Last Five
30.04.2011 v Malta L 14-21 in La Valette (ENC 2A)
20.10.2010 v Latvia W 14-12 in Riga (ENC 2A)
23.10.2010 v Sweden L 13-32 in Split (ENC 2A)
01.05.2010 v Sweden L 14-17 in Enkoping (ENC 2B)
24.04.2010 v Netherlands W 16-14 in Split (ENC 2B)

Lithuania Last Five
30.04.2011 v Latvia W 57-3 in Kuanas
06.11.2010 v Sweden L 22-26 in Trelleborg (ENC 2A)
30.10.2010 v Malta W 9-6 in Siauliai (ENC 2A)
08.05.2010 v Ukraine L 16-27 in Siauliai (WCQ Europe R4, Final)
24.04.2010 v Serbia W 77-5 in Pancevo (ENC 3A)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table-Lithuania 19th, Croatia 21st

IRB Ranking Points
Lithuania 49.98, Croatia 47.08

Prediction: Lithuania by 9 points


Lithuania Squad
Marius Andrijauskas (Peterborough Lions RUFC, England)
Tomas Astrauskas (RK Šiauliai)
Aleksandras Čiuchlėjus (Peterborough Lions RUFC, England)
Ignas Darkintis (Thanet Wanderers RUFC, England)
Mantas Eimantas (Kaunas "Ąžuolas")
Evaldas Gaubys (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Mindaugas Grigas (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Maksim Guseinov (Peterborough Lions RUFC, England)
Mantas Kazlauskas (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Gediminas Liutkus (Šiauliai "BaltRex")
Gediminas Marcišauskas (Peterborough Lions RUFC, England)
Kęstutis Marcišauskas (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Andrius Martinskas (Enköpings RK, Sweden)
Mindaugas Misevičius, Capt., (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Artūras Rachimovas (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Tomas Rudžinskas * New cap?
Richardas Stankus (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Evaldas Štitilis (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Laurynas Tipelis (Šiauliai "BaltRex")
Marius Vaikėnas (Šiauliai "BaltRex")
Tomas Zibolis (Šiauliai "BaltRex")
Edvardas Žilius (Šiauliai "Vairas")
Head Coach: Anatolijus Smirnovas

Gaubys and Rudžinskas enter the squad

Adapted from


Croatia Squad Unavailable

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