Israel 20, Andorra 16 in Netanya (ENC 2B)
Denmark 33, Serbia 19 in Belgrade (ENC 2B)
Hungary 23, Austria 12 in Esztergom (ENC 2C)
Slovenia 43, Bulgaria 17 in Ljubliana (ENC 2C)
Israel scored 3 tries to 1 but goal kicking kept the visiting Andorran side in the match right to the end.
Denmark defeated Serbia in a pulsating see-sawing match in Belgrade. The visitors raced out to an 18-0 lead (11-0 halftime) before Serbia clawed their way back 14-18 in the second half. Serbia scored next and led 19-18 before Denmark went ahead late in the second half to finally win 33-19. This result sees Serbia automatically relegated to ENC 2C for 2014-2016 FIRA-AER European Nations Cup.
Denmark’s win gives them a chance to gain the crucial second place in this competition which will mean they have a chance to play off against a 2A side placed 4th. Latvia would need to lose both its remaining games including what could be a crucial last game against Denmark!
ENC 2B Points Table
26/04 Israel v Latvia in Riga
03/05 Latvia v Denmark in Odense
Hungary defeated Austria 23-12 at home in the first of the ENC 2C this weekend. They slipped away from Austria earlier in the match to build a 13-0 lead. The Austrians, as they have in each game this season, came back strongly in the second half but their slow start cost them dearly. They now face automatic relegation The Hungarians scored 2 tries to nil.
Slovenia ran away with their game against Bulgaria played at the The stadium ŽŠD in Ljubljana, the venue being different to the usual. Played in front of an enthusiastic home crowd the Slovenians were just too strong. A world record was set as all five Skofic brothers; Jack, Max, Archie, George and Frankie, were on the field at the same time during the test match.
Cyprus should gain automatic promotion short of a major disaster whilst Hungary holds second place and the playoff position. Bulgaria and Austria will be fighting to save themselves from automatic relegation whilst one of them will have to be in the playoff. The Slovenia-Austria game on the 3rd May will be crucial to Austria’s position.
ENC 2C Points Table
26/04 Cyprus v Bulgaria in Sofia
03/05 Slovenia v Austria in Vienna
17/05 Hungary v Cyprus in Paphos