FROM PRAGUE TO PORT VILA, IT’S GAME ON!

Rugby League Week - - Four Nations Preview: Scotland - BY STEVE MASCORD

OUR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SEA­SON GOT UN­DER­WAY RE­CENTLY

in lo­ca­tions as di­verse as Bray, Ire­land; Prague, Czech Repub­lic; Tokyo, Ja­pan; and Port Vila, Van­u­atu.

Van­u­atu over­came the Solomon Is­lands 24-15 in a game that was highly an­tic­i­pated af­ter a cy­clone caused the can­cel­la­tion of last year’s in­ter­na­tional in the coun­try.

In Llanelli, Wales, the home side thumped Ser­bia 50-0, while Rus­sia ran out 40-6 vic­tors against Spain in Moscow.

In Bray, the home side won 56-10. But it was only in the dy­ing stages that Ire­land ran away with the match, hav­ing led 22-4 at half-time and 34-10 with 18 min­utes to play.

Greece have had a tough year do­mes­ti­cally, with the coun­try ex­pelled from the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion for a num­ber of ad­min­is­tra­tive ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

But they have shown their fight­ing qual­i­ties with a suc­cess­ful visit to the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, winning 74-0.

The game was played on an ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face in front of a vo­cal crowd of a cou­ple of hun­dred. Aus­tralia-based play­ers now pro­ceed to Athens for a num­ber of rugby league events.

In Prague, the Czechs fell to the Ukraine, 64-12. The Ukraine won the ear­lier match 46-6, mean­ing they’ll be the side to progress in the World Cup qual­i­fiers.

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