Iberians and Wolves playing for bronze on three-game Super Cup Saturday
Six Rugby Europe Super Cup squads are in Amsterdam in the Netherlands this weekend and their final placings will be determined.
In the final match of a three-game Saturday at the National Rugby Centre, Castilla Y Leon Iberians from Spain will take on the Romanian Wolves at 6pm local time (5pm UTC) with the bronze medal up for grabs.
Before that though there are two matches that will determine who finishes where between fifth and eighth.
The match for fifth place kicks things off at noon local time (11am UTC) when Lusitanos from Portugal take on Brussels Devils from Belgium.
They both head into the game off the back of good wins - Lusitanos 53-8 over Delta and the Devils 44-10 over the Bohemia Rugby Warriors - and it should be a good contest with the Portuguese outfit favourites.
Eugen Apjok, the Wolves head coach, said: “It's the last game of a long and difficult season and we want to finish the year with a win.
“We'll meet a challenging opponent so we expect a difficult game. We come into this one after a loaded period when we have been travelling a lot for games, but we are ready for this match and we'll give everything for a good performance.”
At 3pm local time (2pm UTC) the home supporters will be able to cheer on Delta in their seventh placed battle against Bohemia Rugby Warriors from Czechia.
Patrik Průcha, captain of Bohemia Rugby Warriors, said: “Since the defeat to the Wolves in our last game we have worked on scrums and lineouts.
“We understand that we need to be more active in defence and don’t panic with the ball when attacking and avoid unnecessary penalties.
“When we have the ball we have players that have capabilities of being very dangerous to the opposition.”
Then will come the bronze medal match and it should be an excellent tussle between Iberians and the Wolves.
The Spanish team lost their semi-final to Black Lion 41-0 while the Wolves went down to Tel-Aviv Heat 31-6 at the same stage, but both sides have had time to recover and the opportunity to medal does not come around every day, so they will be up for this one.
Ricardo Martinena, the Iberians head coach, said: “It’s been our goal since the beginning of the tournament [to medal] and now he have it within our hands.
“Clubs haven’t been able to give us a lot of players this time because there is a league round in Spain, but every player who will be with us this weekend has a big desire to do well for the team.”
The final that will round things off for Super Cup action will come on December 22 when Black Lion, currently in EPCR Challenge Cup action, will take on Tel-Aviv Heat from Israel.
The Georgians will be looking for a third title in a row and will have home advantage in the Avchala Stadium in Tbilisi when that final comes around.
All three games will be broadcast live on rugbyeurope.tv and FloRugby in North America, and SportTV for Lusitanos vs Brussels Devils.
Tickets are available to purchase from the Netherlands ticketing website https://rugby.nl/ticketshop/
By Gary Heatly