venue: Olympic Stadium, Tripoli
19th October 2003
Full Match Report
MEDITERRANEAN CUP - MATCH 2
Lebanon one of the favourites for the Rugby League Mediterranean Cup displayed their credentials with a crushing victory to open the week long international tournament.
Hosts and holders Lebanon smashed through the hundred-point barrier against an outclassed Serbia & Montenegro side, eventually running up a 102-0 scoreline. Lebanon captain Anthony Semrani led the team with an inspired performance from hooker, scoring three tries while Samer El Masri compiled 34 points in the 18 try massacre of the plucky Serbs.
Domestic championship products Sami Halabi, Anthony Letayf, Jihad Ashkar and Hassan Taha all made their debuts for Lebanon in a historic day for the sport.
Bartercard Cedars centre Andrew Abou Nader and halfback Anthony Farrah had stand out performances in a stellar all-round team performance, while front row Charlie Farah (pictured) provided powerful go-forward.
Charlie Younan, Wissam El Masri, Andrew Abou Nader, Ray Azam, Mohamed Chahal, Samer El Masri, Anthony Farah, Charlie Nohra, Anthony Semrani, Charlie Farah, George Azzi, Chris Saab, Travis Touma. Subs: Hassan Taah, Jihad Achkar, Anthony Letayf, Sami Halabi
Luka Marin, Milan Ðordevic, Ivan Antic, Radovan Valcic, Jovan Vujoševic, Aleksandar Poprecica, Dejan Karatrajkovski, Nenad Tomic, Marko Jankovic, Aleksandar Radivojevic, Milan Rakovic, Dimitris Dajc, Haris Dajc. Subs: Miloš Milinkovic, Daniel Gaic, Djordje Kostic, Radovan Valcic