Israel’s national rugby team decimated Denmark 46-3 yesterday, further establishing its hold on first place in Group 2B of the European Nations Cup.
“Everything worked according to plan today,” Israel’s head coach, Ra’anan Penn, said after the match. Israel finishes the first round of competition with a perfect win record, taking 19 out of a possible 20 points. It is now a strong candidate for promotion after next season.
Some 1,000 brave spectators made the trip to Wingate despite the wintry weather.
And what joy it was for the fanatics who sat through the rain. The Israeli squad didn’t pass up any opportunities to score a try, giving one of its best performances on home soil.
From the opening moments it was clear Israel wanted it more. The home squad sat on the Danish try line and exerted intense pressure in order to break the visitors’ defense. The first points came from Vitali Pryimak, who lifted Israel to a 3-0 lead in the 12th minute. In the 20th minute, Israel got its first try from Jonathan Radashkovich. Pryimak’s successful conversion made it 10-0.
The Danish squad closed the gap with a 15th minute penalty kick, but Israel was relentless. Five minutes later, Jonathan’s big brother, Mordechay Radashkovich, joined the festivities. He scored an amazing try in the wake of pressure by Israel’s front line to stretch the lead to 17-3. Another try by Eitan Humphreys led to Israel’s 24-3 halftime advantage.
The Israeli flood continued after the break. Stas Gurtovoy, Matan Brosh, Yonatan Kaplan and Guy Matisis spread the love. Combined with Pryimak’s conversions, Israel ran up the score to 46-3.