Saturday, September 7, 2013

POLAND v SWEDEN: World Cup Qualifying Round 4: ENC 1B



Venue: Stadion Polonii, Warsaw


Referee: Maxime Burlet (Belgium)

GERMANY 5 4 0 1 191 89 102 4 0 20
MOLDOVA 5 3 0 2 119 136 -17 2 0 14
POLAND 5 3 0 2 95 71 24 0 1 13
SWEDEN 5 3 0 2 122 130 -8 1 0 13
UKRAINE 5 2 0 3 122 123 -1 2 1 11
CZECH REP. 5 0 0 5 56 157 -101 0 1 1

Sweden and Poland kick off the second round of the 2012-14 European World Cup qualifying process and the European Nations Cup Division 1B.Both teams have a lot to do to catch Germany who is the front runner in this competition at the half way stage. Only the Czech Republic is out of contention.

Sweden caused an upset by defeating the much fancied Polish side at home but I’d expect the Poles to be much stronger at home.

Poland has seven France/Scotland based players whilst Sweden has two players playing club rugby in England. On that basis, and the fact that the Polish team in Sweden was not their strongest, I’d be expecting a Polish win.

Last Five Encounters
01.06.2013 Sweden 19-11 in Stockholm (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
11.10.2013 Poland 36-0 in Gdansk (ENC 2A)
29.09.2001 Poland 18-3 in Warsaw (WCQ/FIRA Euro.R2, Pool B)
28.05.1995 Poland 48-15 in Copenhagen (FIRA C)
16.04.1994 Poland 25-18 in Karlskrona (FIRA B1)

Poland Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
01.06.2013 v Sweden L 11-19 (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
13.04.2013 v Moldova L 20-24 in Chisinau (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
30.03.2013 v Ukraine W 13-12 in Gdansk (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
03.11.2012 v Germany W 22-13 in Gdansk (WCQ Europe R 4; ENC 1B)
06.10.2012 v Czech Republic W 29-3 in Prague (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)

Sweden Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
01.06.2013 v Poland W 19-11 in Stockholm (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
06.04.2013 v Germany L 17-73 in Hamburg (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
10.11.2012 v Czech Republic W 22-18 in Prague (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
27.10.2012 v Moldova W 54-6 in Stockholm (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
20.10.2012 v Ukraine L 10-22 in Stockholm (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)

GWC Rugby Rankings
Europe Table-Sweden 10th, Poland 11th

IRB Ranking Points
Poland 54.95, Sweden 52.56

Prediction: Poland by 6 points


Poland Squad

Craig Bachurzewski i (Glasgow Hawks, Scotland)
Dawid Banaszek (Arka Gdynia)
Mateusz Bartoszek (Glasgow Hawks, Scotland)
Kamil Bobryk (Vienne, France)
Adrian Chróściel (Pogoń Siedlce)
Tomasz Gasik (Pogoń Siedlce)
Tomasz Hebda (Strasbourg, France)
Rafał Janeczko (Lechia Gdańsk)
Grzegorz Janiec (St. Etienne, France)
Bartłomiej Jasiński (Budowlani Lublin)
Piotr Jurkowski (Lechia Gdańsk)
Sławomir Kaszuba (Lechia Gdańsk)
Michał Krużycki (Rouen, France)
Rafał Kwiatkowski (Arka Gdynia)
Kacper Ławski (Givors, France)
Dawid Lorentowicz (Pogoń Siedlce)
Cyprian Majcher (Lechia Gdańsk)
Stanisław Niedźwiecki (Budowlani Lublin)
Robert Pawelec (Pogoń Siedlce)
Karol Perzak (Arka Gdynia)
Marek Płonka (Lechia Gdańsk)
Radosław Rakowski (Arka Gdynia)
Tomasz Rokicki (Lechia Gdańsk)
Szymon Sirocki (Arka Gdynia)
Tomasz Stępień (Arka Gdynia)
Łukasz Szostek (Arka Gdynia)
Rafał Szrejber (Arka Gdynia)
Bartosz Szypura (Posnania Poznań)
Mariusz Wilczuk (Lechia Gdańsk)
Rafał Witoszyński (Lechia Gdańsk)
Head Coach: Mark Plonka

Sweden Squad

Rhys Allen                          Stockholm Exiles RFC

Emil Andersson                   HRC Gripen

Ivar Bengtsson                   Hammarby IF

Mark Beveridge                  Stockholm Exiles RFC

Chris Bradley                     Stockholm Exiles RFC

Daniel Chamberlain            Stockholm Exiles RFC

James Darbyshire               Stockholm Exiles RFC

Dustin Eaton                       Stockholm Exiles RFC

Henning Ekstrand               Göteborg RF

Robin Fransson                   Enköpings RK

Ian Gowland                      Stockholm Exiles RFC

Tim Johansson                    Enköpings RK

Michael Lynch                    Pingvin RC

Conor Murphy                    Corinthians RFC, Irland

Daniel Nissila                     Stockholm Exiles RFC

Stefan Obradovic               Hammarby IF

Rikard Örnberg                 Vänersborgs RK

Adil Salahov                      Enköpings RK

Lee Sandberg                    Cambridge RFC, England

Niklas Ståhle                     Hammarby IF

Lars Tunestål                    Pingvin RC

Rikus van Niekerk             Stockholm Exiles RFC

Peter Wiklund                   Vänersborgs RK

And a special thanks to ‘Quentin’ at

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