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M10 Serbia vs Ireland 36-24

Belgrade 11.08.2018. Venue: NC Makiš. Kick off 10.30 H, Attendance 500, Referee: Andrew Pilkington  (Spain) Touch Judges: Toni Palasios (Spani), Oleksandar Ivchenko (Ukraina).

Rugby League SerbiaSERBIA vs IRELAND 36:24 (12:10)

SERBIA: Jakovljević, Mihajlović, Bijorac, Arnold, V. Tomić, Krstić, Marjanović, Janković Smit, Stoiljković, Milutinović, Marolt, Dragišić. Sub: M. Tomić, Ivanković, Simović, Stanković.

IRELAND: Kuran, E. Smit, K. Smit, Varga, Felous, Godar, Doneli, Toger, Kalen, Mulvenij, O’Nil, Kromi, J. O’Saliven. Sub: Batishil, Majkl, Gardiner, S. O’Saliven.

Serbia were indebted to skipper Vladimir Milutinovic, the second rower superb throughout and finishing with 20 points from two tries and a perfect six goals.

Centre Zane Bijorac also claimed a brace of touchdowns, hooker Jai Smith and, in the closing minute, Matija Mihajlovic with Serbia’s other touchdowns. Ireland led 10-6 and 24-22, full back Ryan Curran their star with two tries – including a stunning length of the field effort – and four goals, winger Andrew Smyth also claiming a try double.

“We prepared well for this, the boys needed to win for a bit of self-belief,” said Serbia head coach Neil Bijorac. “I was happy with our start but a few errors crept in. To our credit, we corrected them and scored some good tries at the end.”

RL Serbia coaches
Neal Bijorac and rest of Serbian coaching staff

Ireland general manager Conor Kelly noted: “We’re very disappointed and there’s a sombre mood in the camp. The lads gave it everything and the score line is a bit flattering as I think we were the better team for a lot of the game. We can still take positives, this was the first time this group of lads had played together so to see them constantly bounce back is superb.”

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