Ukraine defeated Czech Republic 46-6 in front of a crowd approaching 1500 in the first leg of European Championship C.
Ukraine made a great start scoring three times in the first thirteen minutes with centre, Shalaiev their star player scoring two tries in each half. The Czech Republic team took time to acclimatise in hot conditions after a long journey but they responded well and narrowed the gap to six points before Khrusiuk and Troiyan crossed for a 24-6 half time lead.
The Czech defence held firm for the next twenty four minutes and they conceded possession four times when threatening the Ukraine line. They also lost the services of Valenta and Sluka to injury and Ukraine began to take advantage. Shakura scored a try to add to his five goals and Skorbackh, whose midfield creative play was vital, completed the scoring.
Ukraine RL president Artur Martyrosyan said. “It was fantastically organised with the club here, regional government and sponsors. This is the first in Rivne City stadium and it was terrific that their young players excelled. We are very grateful to the Czech side for the manner they played.”
Czech R. skipper Cedina was very optimistic: “It took us 19 hours to get here but for long stretches of a very physical game, in difficult conditions, we held them out. We made our mistakes early and that caused us to chase the game. It has been a great experience for our young guys.”