Saturday, April 21, 2012

EUROPEAN NATIONS CUP: Crucial Austria v Denmark

Austria v Denmark in Odense (ENC 2C)

Venue: Atletikstadion

Referee: Grzegorz Michalik (Poland)


ISRAEL 6 5 0 1 126 92 34 1 0 21
DENMARK 6 4 1 1 127 94 33 0 1 19
AUSTRIA 6 3 0 3 129 102 27 1 2 15
HUNGARY 6 2 0 4 97 124 4 0 2 10
NORWAY 5 0 1 4 36 93 -57 0 1 3

This is a crucial game for both teams. Austria is off the pace with 3 loses whist Denmark is set to challenge Israel at the top of the table.

Austria won its first ever test match against Denmark in May last year. This is a team that is going from strength to strength. Last weekend they defeated Slovenia away in a friendly. Slovenia plays in a division one higher than Austria.

Denmark’s game against Israel on 5 May will be a crucial game but they first have to overcome Austria Saturday. Returning for this test match after long injury breaks are Dominick Wilson (23 tests) and Søren Brobyskov (41 tests).

I expect this to be a very closely contested test match

Previous Encounters
14.05.2011 Austria 23-16 in Odense (ENC 2C)
24.04.2010 Denmark 24-13 in Odense (ENC 3B)
24.04.2009 Denmark 27-9 in Linz (WCQ Europe R1; ENC 3B)
08.04.2006 Denmark 16-5 in Frederika (ENC 3A)
09.04.2005 Denmark 16-3 in Frederika (WCQ Europe R2, Pool B)

Austria Last Five
14.04.2011 v Slovenia W 19-5 in Ljubliana (Friendly)
05.11.2011 v Hungary W 38-7 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
22.10.2011 v Israel L 26-28 in Vienna (ENC 2C)
14.05.2011 v Denmark W 23-16 in Odense (ENC 2C)
09.04.2011 v Israel L 9-20 in Netanya (ENC 2C)

Denmark Last Five
29.10.2011 v Hungary W 21-13 in Kecskemet (ENC 2C)
15.10.2011 v Norway W 28-5 in Odense (ENC 2C; Viking Tri-Nations)
14.05.2011 v Austria L 16-23 in Odense (ENC 2C)
09.04.2011 v Sweden L 15-55 in Stockholm (Viking Tri-Nations)
06.11.2010 v Hungary W 21-20 in Odense (ENC 2C)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table-Denmark 29th, Austria 30th

IRB Ranking Points
Denmark 42.04, Austria 38.15

Prediction: Austria by 1 point!



Austria Squad

- Müller Max (RC Innsbruck)
- Pollak Manuel (RC Donau)
- Borer Sebastian (RC Donau)
- Farkhondeh Fal Milad (Stade Rugby)
- El Agrebi Nino Omar (RFC Celtic)
- Gaul Andreas (RC Donau)
- Kolb Lukas (RC Innsbruck)
- Forchtner Christoph (RC Donau)
- Zöchling Julian (RC Donau)
- Dachler Benedikt (RC Donau)
- Krauchenberg Alex (RC Donau)
- Freydell Sebastian (RC Donau)

- Aslanyan Mushegh (RFC Celtic)
- Kerschbaumer Michael (RC Donau)
- Dobner Lukas (Stade Rugby)
- Navas Maximillian (RC Donau)
- Radomirov Alexander (RC Donau)
- Leidl Martin (RC Wombats)
- Barry David (Young Munster RFC. IRE)
- Sabo Milan (RC Donau)
- Bignotti Nicola (ASD Rugby Rovato, ITA)
- Chiu Gordon (RC Donau)

On standby
- Maurer Patrick (Stade Rugby)
- Kinski Dominik (RFC Celtic)
- Adaktylos Theodor (RC Donau)
- Hruschka Paul (RC Wombats)
- Hnilicka Nicos (RC Donau)
- Rhomberg Constantin (RFC Celtic)

Head Coach: Gael Mouysset ... 4451682299


Denmark Squad

Andy Nielsen, Aarhus Rugby Klub
Christian S. Jensen Aarhus Rugby Klub
Kasper Vad Pedersen, Aarhus Rugby Klub
Niels Gotfredsen, Aarhus Rugby Klub
Rasmus H. Mortensen, Aarhus Rugby Klub
Christian B. Nielsen, Holstebro Rugy Klub
Kristian Riberholdt, Holstebro Rugby Klub
Llewellen Pillbeam, DTU Exiles
Matias Dinesen, Frederiksberg Rugby Klub
Michael Friis Larsen, Aalborg Rugby Klub
Sylvester Michaelsen, Aalborg Rugby Klub
Søren Brobyskov, Erritsø Rugby Klub
Jannick Larsen, Erritsø Rugby Klub
Jesper G. Jensen, Erritsø Rugby Klub
Joshua Jensen, CSR/Nanok
James Rosenfeldt, CSR/Nanok
Dominick Wilson, Barnes RFC ENG
Gaspard Nau Valbak, La VGA Saint-Maur FRA
Johannes Mackeprang, RK Speed
Sebastian Barrett, UK

Head Coach: Ivan Anderson

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