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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Greece ended a superb first-ever campaign at the Universities Rugby League World Cup by claiming the Plate final with a narrow 14-12 win over France in Brisbane.

Greece, who beat Scotland and Ireland during the tournament and only lost by two points to England, scored three tries through Craig Moustakas, Marcus Brandon and Jessy Argeros to open up a 14-4 lead midway through the second half.

The French came back with two tries from Regis Chave but Greece hung on for a memorable win.

In the final of the main event, Australia came back from 0-12 to beat England 26-18. New Zealand beat Wales to come third.

Result:
Greece 14 (Craig Moustakas, Marcus Brandon, Jessy Argeros tries; York Antoniou goal) France 12 (Regis Chave 2, Mohamed Chaabi tries)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Greece will face France in the Plate final of the Universities Rugby League World Cup in Brisbane after produced a superb all-round performance to beat Ireland 28-10 in the semi-finals.

Greece imposed themselves early building up a handy 16-6 lead by half-time. And in the second half they barely allowed Ireland into the game.

The Greeks unleashed their imposing backline despite the slippery conditions, with five-eighth David Georgiou enjoying a fine game, scoring a match sealing try and booting four goals.

Ireland tried hard but were continuously thwarted by the committed Greek defence.

It is an impressive achievement for Greece who beat Scotland in the opening group game and only lost by two points to England who will face Australia in the final of the main event.

As it is Greece will now face France in the Plate final on Saturday after the Tricolores cruised past Scotland 34-4 in the other semi-final.

Plate semi-final results:

Greece 28 (Jessy Argeros, Craig Moustakis, Marcus Brandon, David Georgiou, Michael Giorgas tries; David Georgiou 4 goals)
Ireland 10 (Shaun Quinn, Paul Maloney tries; Danny Pike goals)

France 34 (Florian Bissiere, Bruno Ormeno, Lucas Molina, Bastian Dintilhac, Guilhem Chouvelon tries; Cedric Oileu 7 goals)
Scotland 4 (Evan Rose try)

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Narrow defeat for Greece at the Students Rugby League World Cup

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