Saturday, February 11, 2012


Russia v Portugal in Lisbon (ENC 1A)

Venue: National Stadium

Referee: I.Davies (Wales)

2012 portugal-russia-poster

Portugal has a number of points to prove in this test match. They will want to defeat Russia convincingly and get it’s 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign underway. Russia attended the 2011 Rugby World Cup, effectively replacing Portugal as the third, and last, European Tier 2 nation to qualify.

Russia has kept to its word about blooding new players preparing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The average age of the backline is 22. Having said that fourteen were with the Russian squad at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Gerasimov last played during the 2010 Churchill Cup.

‘Igor Klyuchnikov, Kirill Kushnarev, Sergey Popov and Alexander Voytov were not considered due to injury, while Russia's four English-based players – Vasily Artemyev (Northampton Saints), Victor Gresev, Vladislav Korshunov (both London Wasps), and Andrey Ostrikov – will remain with their Aviva Premiership sides. One other player not included is Evegenii Pronenko, although he will be considered in future following his 6-month suspension for a doping violation.’

Note; Gresev has been included in this team.

The bench is an experienced lot so perhaps if all goes pair-shaped first half some experience can be injected. The Russian side has a very experimental look about it and I’d expect them to struggle away from home against Portugal

Last Five Encounters
12.02.2011 Portugal 21-19 in Sochi (ENC 1A)
06.02.2010 Russia 14-10 in Sochi (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
07.02.2009 Russia 18-14 in Lisbon (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
01.03.2008 Russia 41-26 in Krasnodar (ENC 1)
12.05.2007 Russia 21-13 in Lisbon (ENC 1)

Portugal last defeated Russia in Lisbon back in 2006, winning 26-23

Russia Last Five
01.10.2011 v Australia L 22-68 in Nelson (World Cup, Pool C)
25.09.2011 v Ireland L 12-62 in Rotorua (World Cup, Pool C)
20.09.2011 v Italy L 17-53 in Nelson (World Cup, Pool C)
15.09.2011 v United States L 6-13 in New Plymouth (World Cup, Pool C)
18.06.2011 v United States in Gloucester (Churchill Cup, Playoff 5th-6th)

Portugal Last Five
13.11.2011 v Uruguay L 9-16 in Lisbon
15.06.2011 v Namibia L 23-29 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
10.06.2011 v Argentina ‘A’ L 21-25 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
19.03.2011 v Ukraine W 46-24 in Lisbon (ENC 1A)
12.03.2011 v Spain L 10-25 in Madrid (ENC 1A)

Data from

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Russia 20th, Portugal 23rd
Europe Table-Portugal 10th, Russia 11th

IRB Ranking Points
Russia 61.93, Portugal 59.30

Prediction: Portugal by 7 points




15   Yuri Kushnarev  VVA-Podmoskovye
14   Vladimir Ostroushko  Yug Krasnodar
13   Dmitry Gerasimov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
12   Alexander Makovetsky  Krasny Yar
11   Denis Simplikevich  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
10   Anton Ryabov  Krasny Yar
9   Alexander Yanyushkin  VVA-Podmoskovye
8   Victor Gresev  London Wasps, England
7   Andrew Garbuzov  Krasny Yar
6   Andrey Temnov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
5   Vladimir Boltenkov  Imperia Penza
4   Denis Antonov  Slava Moscow
3   Evgeny Matveev  VVA-Podmoskovye
2   Valery Tsnobiladze  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
1   Vladimir Botvinnikov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
16   Grégory Tsnobiladze  Krasny Yar
17   Innokenty Zykov  Enisey-STM-Krasnoyarsk
18   Paul Kvernadze  Spartak GM
19   Artem Fatahkov  VVA-Podmoskovye
20   Alexander Shakirov  VVA-Podmoskovye
21   Sergey Trishin  VVA-Podmoskovye
22   Mikhail Babaev  VVA-Podmoskovye
    HEAD COACH: Kingsley Jones



15   António Aguilar  GD Direito
14   Goncalo Foro  CD University Lisboa
13   Frederico Oliveira CD University Lisboa
12   Carl Murray CD University Lisboa
11   Bernardo Silveira CD University Lisboa
10   Yannick Ricardo Castanet, France
9   Francisco Pinto Magalhães  CD University Lisboa
8   Juan Severino Santboiana, Spain
7   Julien Bardy Clermont-Auvergne, France
6   Vasco Uva GD Direito
5   Gonçalo Uva (Capt.) GD Direito
4   David Penalva  Montauban, France
3   Jorge Segurado  GD Direito
2   Michael Tadjer Massy, France
1   Cristian Spachuk  Bourgoin, France
16   Vasco Marques CD Universitário do Porto
17   Francisco Fernandes Beziers, France
18   Juan Murre  St.Etienne, France
19   Rui D’Orey GD Direito
20   Luis Sousa GD Direito
21   José Pinto  GD Direito
22   Joseph Gardener Honda Heat, Japan
    HEAD COACH: Errol Brain

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