Dalibor VukanoviÄ‡ 4, Dimitris DajÄ, Dejan LukeniÄ‡, Zoran PeÅ¡iÄ‡, Stefan NikoliÄ‡, Danilo DeliÄ‡, Milan Å uÅ¡njara
Petr OkleÅ¡tek 0/1
Dalibor VukanoviÄ‡ 8/10
EUROPEAN SHIELD WEST GAME 1
It was the Dalibor VukanoviÄ‡ show in Prague as the Serbian scrum half masterminded a resounding win over Czech Republic, thanks to a second half super show. The visitors dominated the competition opener from all but the seventh minute, when Czech centre Marcel Mana found the try line down the left for an unconverted score, but it was less than two plays later that VukanoviÄ‡ instigated a man of the match performance with his first of four tries. The Serbian skipper converted his effort and that of another nine touchdowns for a personal haul of 32 points.
The first half was a tough struggle for both teams, each their own worst enemies with errors in possession but Serbian coach Marko JankoviÄ‡ obviously got his message across at the interval. His charges held a 12 point lead at the break and VukanoviÄ‡’s try next to the posts in the opening minutes of the second period set the tone for the remainder of the clash.
Ex-Whitehaven prop Soni RadovanoviÄ‡ led from the front in a typically physical defensive display but on three occasions spilt the ball in promising positions, once over the try line. The other highlight for the Serbians, whose bench players made a big impact, was when DorÄ‡ol Spiders prop Danilo DeliÄ‡ broke the Czech line eight minutes from time and powered clear from 50 metres to crown an encouraging win.
Full back Dimitris DajÄ, Dejan LukeniÄ‡, Zoran PešiÄ‡, Stefan NikoliÄ‡ and stand off Milan Šušnjara were their other try scorers.
Match Two in the West sees Serbia host Germany in Belgrade on July 3rd. In the Czech Sate of Origin curtain raiser, Moravia just held out a strong finishing Bohemia 26-24 in a thriller.
Petr Okleštek, Kristián Ernst, Marcel Mana, Jan Buben, Martin ÄŒernohorský, Jarda Stribro (c), Pavel Navrátil, SvaÅ¥a VláÄil, David Dolak, Michal Hora, Pavel Zemánek, Tomas Kurka, Vladimir Blazek. Subs: Tomáš Chadim, Martin Giel, Ivo Dostál, Stanislav Kvadil
Dimtris DajÄ, Marko KataniÄ‡, Aleksandar SiÄ, Nenad GrbiÄ‡, Vladan KikanoviÄ‡, Milan Šušnjara, Dalibor VukanoviÄ‡ (c), Dejan LukeniÄ‡, Nikša UnkoviÄ‡, Danilo DeliÄ‡, Ivan DjordjeviÄ‡, Vuk TvrdišiÄ‡, Soni RadovanoviÄ‡. Subs: Milan Štrbac, Nikola KovaÄeviÄ‡, Stefan NikoliÄ‡, Zoran PešiÄ‡