Match Report
European Championship D

Netherlands win Euro D Championship

Published by Euro Rugby League
18 Oct 2021

Huseyin Akar Tesisler Stadium, Bodrum, Turkey
17th October 2021
Czech Republic
Czech Republic flag
Full time
Czech Republic
Matěj Greenwood
Martin Kubát
Tomáš Kasík
Filip-Daniel Kittl
Antonín Berk
Daniel Veselý
Jakub Hudrlík
Jan Říha
Tomáš Řičica
David Bělohlávek
Taras Turkevyč
Jan Hovard
Ondřej Preininger
Josef Chuchlík
Erik Schulz
Josef Brynda
Jan Pecháček
Laury Renac
Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz
Joran Schoenmaker
Edson Neves
Isaacs Ngirubiu
Auke Idzera
Ben Dommerhuisjen
Mauricio Gomez Pazos
Paul Dirkzwager
Bonne Wilce
Daniel de Ruiter
Paul Kuijpers
Frank Longhurst
Lucas Gout
Shadan Lavia,
Romeo Goldman
Adam Braksator

Referee: Eamonn Whelan (Ireland)
Half time
Czech Republic: 0 - 14 Netherlands
Czech Republic:Daniel Veselý (64) Tomáš Kasík (72)
Netherlands: Joran Schoenmaker (8), Joran Schoenmaker (22), Shadan Lavia (44), Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz (53), Daniel de Ruiter (60), Joran Schoenmaker (77)
Czech Republic: Daniel Veselý (1/2)
Netherlands: Auke Idzera (6/9)

A hat trick of tries from outstanding centre Joran Schoenmaker - the second a sensational solo effort - saw Netherlands claim the Euro D Championship, with a 36-10 win over Czechia at the Huseyin Akar Tesisler Stadium in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Orange Lions led 14-0 at the break, Auke Idzerda having kicked three early penalties, and though Czechia admirably kept going to the end with two consolation tries, Netherlands not only win promotion to Euro B but continue on the Rugby League World Cup 2025 qualifying road.

Head coach Kane Krlic, who is standing down after five years in charge, paid tribute to his side. “That showed a lot of what Dutch rugby league is about,” he said. “Working hard for each other, I’m just really proud. Now that we are increasing the domestic competition, this team is only going to get stronger and I can’t wait to see the growth. These lads love representing the country and love the sport as well.”

Second half tries from Shaden Lavia, winger Arie-Tjerk Razoux Schultz pouncing a loose ball, and rangy back rower Daniel De Ruiter put Netherlands 30 points up, but Czechia stand off Daniel Veselý led a late revival taking a fine off load to snipe over and converting Black Angels Hodonín’s Tomas Kasik’s score, before Schoenmaker completed his treble.

“We lost our captain and hooker Tomáš Řičica early on and we made a lot of mistakes, so in the first half we were only defending,” said Czechia head coach David Lahr, for whom Jan Hovard was a stand out. “To lose in the final, I am very proud of this very young squad.”

The Netherlands, with Den Haag Knights prop Bonne Wilce also outstanding, were presented with the trophy by officials from the Bodrum Municipality, who supported the Championship, and the French Consul General.

Huseyin Akar Tesisler Stadium, Bodrum, Turkey
17th October 2021
Malta flag
Full time
Mark Camilleri
James Grech
Christian Briffa
Cameron Brown
Jean-Pierre Zarb
Karl Cassar
Zarrin Galea
Jeremy Dela
Robin Cutajar
Dean Zammit
Alfie Jewitt
Russell Bugeja
Justin Barlogio
Justin Farrugia
Miraç Ertürk
Can Günersu
Eren Kemal Şen
Errol Carter
Batuhan Balçin
Ozan Işik
Behzad Bayram
Alperen Kademli
Oğuzhan Demir
Çağas Çiçek
Oğuzhan Tirendez
Mert Tayyar Berktav
Doruk Çeliktutan
Ahmet Tarik Tekin
Kemal Ege Gürkan
Yusuf Can Tunç
Ömer Faruk Pir

Referee: Jarda Bzoch (Czechia)
Half time
Malta 12 - 12 Turkey
Malta: Dean Zammit (29), Robin Cutajar (33)
Turkey: Oğuzhan Demir (2), Ozan Işik (12), Doruk Çeliktutan (42), Behzad Bayram (46), Batuhan Balçin (52), Mert Tayyar Berktav (63), Oğuzhan Tirendez (79)
Malta: Zarrin Galea (2/2)
Turkey: Behzad Bayram (4/7)

In the match for third place and world ranking points, hosts Turkey were too strong in the second half for Malta, winning 36-12, in 27 degree heat and in front of a partisan crowd that included professional Aiden Sezer, part of the Turkish staff, who flew in for the game.

The sides were level at the break, but with no available substitutes Malta struggled to contain the home pack in the second period. Turkey posted seven tries, all from different scorers, scrum half Behzad Bayram finishing with 12 points and Kadiköy Bulls’ Doruk Çeliktutan, returning from an early sinbinning, breaking the deadlock after the interval.

Julien Treu, Turkey head coach commented: “We are very happy with the result. We had to refocus after the loss to the Netherlands on Thursday and we had the right attitude to finish this tournament on a good, positive note. We want more international games, we showed that we can host and we want to reach a higher level soon, the guys are keen and we have a strong team on and off the pitch.”

Excellent prop Dean Zammit collected Zarrin Galea’s kick for Malta’s first score on the half hour, hooker Robin Cutajar following him over four minutes later in a spirited overall effort.

 “I cannot fault the efforts of our players,” Malta head coach Roderick Attard noted. “We had guys who were injured playing the full 80 minutes, they gave their all and it was not a walk in the park for the Turks so I am proud of them.”