Moldova 25, Sweden 7 in Malmo
Sweden were considerably weakened by the decision of a number of leading players to represent Sweden in a sevens tournament. Even so they did well to hold the much respected Moldovan side who seriously underperforms away from home, usually because a number of top players are usually unavailable.
Croatia 26, Israel 21 in Netanya
Israel failed to take advantage of their home ground against Croatia although they did get a bonus point.
Israel’s next game is a very tough one away to Switzerland. They’ll be hoping for a repeat performance against front contender Czech Republic when they drew 26-26 in Prague. Croatia will host Malta next weekend.
Latvia 31, Cyprus 3 in Paphos
The once invincible Cyprus team, and world record holder of the most consecutive test rugby wins, has fallen on hard times in this division. They were promoted last season but have failed to fire against the stronger opposition in this division.
Neither team is playing next weekend.
Slovenia 33, Serbia 17 in Belgrade
This was the third match in the REC games this weekend in which the home side lost. Serbia were outplayed by their northern rugby rivals despite nearly scoring a fourth (and bonus) try towards the end.
The Serbs will have a tough away game against Luxembourg next weekend whilst Slovenia hosts Denmark at home.