In Group A, Denmark fought hard against their more illustrious opponents, but ended up losing all three games. Germany end up in 3rd place after pushing England and Scotland close. The group decider between England and Scotland turned out to be a thriller, as Ollie Phillips was sent off for a tip tackle in the first minute – Scotland claimed victory with a 26-14 win. Germany play Lithuania in the first game tomorrow morning (kick-off at 09.30 CET).
In Group B, France convincingly beat all opposition and won the final game against Wales by 33-12. Wales take 2nd place while Italy cruised to a win against Lithuania to claim 3rd place and a game against hosts Denmark on Sunday. Italy pushed Wales close, but the Welsh players held on for a 19-17 win. Lithuania have played well, but lacked the final touch to claim a win – we predict there is more to come from Lithuania tomorrow.
In Group C, Russia proved far too strong for Georgia, Ukraine and Belgium while Georgia beat Ukraine and Belgium to claim 2nd place – Georgia are up against tough opposition tomorrow and kick off against Portugal. Belgium have put in an inspired performance, but could not avoid losing all three games as Ukraine ended up in 3rd place.
In Group D, Portugal came out on top with a win over Spain in their final game. Portugal nearly lost to Romania in their first game, but came back to claim victory late on. Spain came 2nd with wins over Netherlands and Romania. The game between Netherlands and Romania was a real thriller and the lead changed several times, until Netherlands broke the deadlock in the final minute of the game.
For all results, as well as the line-up for tomorrow, go to http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/group-124.htm