Saturday, November 3, 2012

CROATIA v SWITZERLAND: World Cup Qualifying, Eur. R3 European Nations Cup, Division 2A

Croatia v Switzerland in Nyon (WCQ Europe R3; ENC 2A)


Venue: Stade de Colovray

Referee: Pedro Montoya (Spain)


CROATIA 1 1 0 0 20 19 1 0 0 4
MALTA 1 0 0 1 19 20 -1 0 1 1
NETHERL. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LTHUANIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SWITZ. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

This is the second of the ENC 2A rugby test matches being played this weekend. Malta and Lithuania lock horns in Malta in the other.

Switzerland is the newly promoted team from the 2010-12 competition. It will be interesting to see how they compete at home against stronger opposition. They defeated Andorra by one point last November whilst Croatia defeated Andorra 44-8 in the ENC 2A playoff in May.

Croatia will be confident after their win against Malta last weekend.

Previous Encounters
25.10.2003 Switzerland 11-5 in Split (FIRA-AER 2B)
09.11.2002 Switzerland 24-15 in Geneva (FIRA-AER 2B)
10.11.2001 Croatia 18-16 in Switzerland (FIRA/WCQ Europe 2A)
30.10.1994 Croatia 11-3 in Makarska (FIRA B3)

The above four rugby test matches constitute all the matches played between these two nations.

Croatia Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
27.10.2012 v Malta W 20-19 in Makarska (WCQ Europe R3; ENC 2A)
26.05.2012 v Andorra W 44-8 in Andorra La Vela (ENC 2A Playoff)
05.05.2012 v Lithuania L 26-28 in Vilnius (ENC 2A)
28.04.2012 v Malta W 31-16 in Zagreb (ENC 2A)
05.11.2011 v Latvia W 34-8 in Split (ENC 2A)

Switzerland Last Five P 5, W 5
17.03.2012 v Slovenia W 85-0 in Nyon (ENC 2B)
26.11.2011 v Andorra W 22-21 in Andorra La vela (ENC 2B)
12.11.2011 v Serbia W 27-19 in Belgrade (ENC 2B)
30.04.2011 v Slovenia W 33-10 in Ljubliana (ENC 2B)
19.03.2011 v Andorra W 21-9 in Nyon (ENC 2B)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table: Croatia 21st, Switzerland 25th

IRB Ranking Points
Croatia 48.75, Switzerland 45.88

Prediction: Croatia by 12 points.



Switzerland Squad

Cyril LAFUYE, SO Chambéry

Maxime LUCON, US Oyonnax

Clément BARTSCHI, AS Villeurbanne EL

Nicolas GUYOU, RC Chateaurenard

Jake SEREX, ES Santboiana

Jonathan WULLSCHLEGER, St-Priest Rugby

Cyril COULOT, RC Yverdon

Cyril LIN, CA Lannemezanais

Simon PERROD, US Oyonnax

Benoît CAMPS, RC Suresnois

Sylvain HIRSCH, RC Genève PLO

Matthieu GUYOU-KREIS, RC Maison-Lafitte

Ghislain MONTIEL, US Annecy

Jacky DERVEY, RC Stade Lausanne

Thibault GERY, FC Grenoble

Eddy GOMBAS, RC Avusy

Benjamin SCHAERER, FC Grenoble

Lucas JAQUIER, RC Avusy

Andreas DAHINDEN, RC Stade Lausanne

Adrien FAUDOT, RC Thonon


Benjamin DOY, US Oyonnax

Bryan SEALE, Nyon RC ... e/668.html


Croatia Squad not yet available

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