Rugby / European Nations Cup

Switzerland Shuts Down Israel

Hopes dim of avoiding relegation.

Israel’s national rugby team lost the second game of the second leg of its European Nations Cup Group 2A competition with a disappointing showing against Switzerland in Geneva on Saturday, losing 28-3. The win puts Switzerland at the top of the group, while Israel is in last place.

Ori Abutbul scored the lone penalty for Israel in the 37th minute of the first half to cut the score to 14-3 in Switzerland’s favor, but that was as far as the visitors would get.

Israel finished the first leg of the 2014-2016 tournament at the bottom of the five-team group. Its second loss in two matches puts Israel in danger of relegation back to Group 2B.

Israel will have to rebound at home against the Czech Republic, the only team it drew against in the first leg, and on the road at Malta, which narrowly defeated Israel in their first meeting earlier this year, to remain in the group.