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2003–04 European Nations Cup First Division

The 2003–2004 European Nations Cup was the fourth edition of the newly reformed European Championship for tier 2 and 3 Rugby Union Nations. This was the second two-year cycled championship, the first to be planned from the start.

2003–04 European Nations Cup
Date16 February 2003 – 27 March 2004
Countries Czech Republic
 Georgia
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Spain
Final positions
Champions Portugal
Antim Cup Romania (2003, 2004)
Tournament statistics
Matches played29
Tries scored128 (4.41 per match)

The Championship was won by Portugal for the first time, with their Iberian neighbours Spain being relegated. Portugal won all their games, except to a loss abroad to Romania. The Championship saw another new face in the Czech Republic who replaced the relegated Netherlands.

TableEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   Portugal 10 9 0 1 255 180 +75 28
2   Romania 10 8 0 2 320 123 +197 26
3   Georgia 10 5 1 4 193 148 +45 21
4   Russia 9 3 0 6 198 175 +23 14
5   Czech Republic 9 3 0 6 139 263 −124 14
6   Spain 10 0 1 9 129 345 −216 11

ResultsEdit

  • Week 1

16 February 2003
  Spain 19–52   Russia
Try: penalty try
Con: Cascarra
Pen: Cascarra (3)
Try: Fedchenko, Grachev, Kuzin, A. Sergeev, S. Sergeev
Con: Rachkov (3)
Pen: Rachkov (6)
Drop: Rachkov
Inca, Mallorca
Referee:   Daniel Pruvot

22 June 2003
  Czech Republic 5–42   Romania
Try: Stastny
Try: Brezoianu, Ghioc, Popescu, Sauan, Tofan
Con: Dumbrava (4)
Pen: Dumbrava (3)
Tatra Smichov Rugby Club, Prague
Attendance: 2,500
Referee:   Dave Pearson

Czech Republic-Romania was originally scheduled for 15 February but was postponed.

  • Week 2
22 February 2003
  Georgia 34–3   Spain
Try: Gundishvili, Shvelidze, Yachvili, Zibzibadze (2)
Con: Jimsheladze (3)
Pen: Jimsheladze
Pen: Cascarra
Tbilisi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee:   G. Doyle

22 February 2003
  Portugal 16–15   Romania
Try: Garvão
Con: Malheiro
Pen: Malheiro (2)
Drop: Tomé
Try: Manta, Tincu
Con: Tofan
Pen: Tofan

14 June 2003
  Czech Republic 27–13   Russia
Try: Camrda, Pekarek, Rohlik
Con: Kafka (3)
Pen: Kafka (2)
Try: Lubkov
Con: Rachkov
Pen: Rachkov (2)
Tatra Smichov Rugby Club, Prague
Attendance: 1,500
Referee:   Nereo Dordolo

Czech Republic-Russia was originally scheduled for 22 February but was postponed.

  • Week 3
8 March 2003
  Portugal 43–10   Czech Republic
Try: Malheiro (2), Da. Mateus, Di. Mateus, Vieira
Con: Malheiro, Cardoso Pinto (2)
Pen: Malheiro (4)
Try: Zak
Con: Krejci
Pen: Krejci
Lisbon University Stadium, Lisbon
Referee:   Sean Mallon

9 March 2003
  Russia 17–23   Georgia
Try: Sergeev
Pen: Rachkov (2)
Drop: Rachkov (2)
Try: Jimsheladze
Pen: Jimsheladze (6)
Stadium Junost, Krasnodar
Referee:   Giovanni Morandin

9 March 2003
  Spain 6–31   Romania
Pen: Díez
Drop: Velazco Querol
Try: Petrechei, Socol, Tofan
Con: Tofan (2)
Pen: Tofan (4)
Campo Universitário, Madrid
Attendance: 5,000
Referee:   Antonio Lombardi

Week 4

22 March 2003
  Czech Republic 15–30   Georgia
Pen: Kafka (4)
Drop: Kafka
Try: Khamashuridze, Labadze, Shvelidze, Zedginidze, Zibzibadze
Con: Jimsheladze
Pen: Jimsheladze
Tatra Simchov Rugby Club, Prague
Attendance: 1,400
Referee:   Carlo Damasco

22 March 2003
  Romania 23–12   Russia
Try: Petrache, Vioreanu, penalty try
Con: Tofan
Pen: Tofan (2)
Pen: Rachkov (4)
Dinamo Stadion, Bucharest
Attendance: 5,000
Referee:   Daniel Dartigeas

23 March 2003
  Portugal 35–16   Spain
Try: Cunha, Sousa
Con: Malheiro (2)
Pen: Malheiro (5)
Drop: Malheiro (2)
Try: Tuineau Iloa
Con: Cascarra
Pen: Cascarra (2)
Drop: Kovalenco
Estádio Municipal, Coimbra
Referee:   Jean-Luc Rebollal

  • Week 5
29 March 2003
  Russia 14–25   Portugal
Try: Dymchenko
Pen: Akulov
Try: Cunha
Con: Malheiro
Pen: Malheiro (5)
Drop: Malheiro
Stadium Junost, Krasnodar
Referee:   Mircea Paraschivescu

30 March 2003
  Georgia 6–19   Romania
Pen: Jimsheladze (2)
Try: Brezoianu, Gontineac, Maftei
Con: Tofan (2)
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee:   Daniel Gillet

30 March 2003
  Spain 38–40   Czech Republic
Try: Beltrán Rodriguéz, Cascarra, Loubsens, Monreal Izquierdo, Zarzosa
Con: Cascarra (2)
Pen: Cascarra (3)
Try: Rohlik, Stastny, Suster, Syrovy
Con: Kafka (4)
Pen: Kafka (4)
Campo Universitário, Madrid
Referee:   Jeremy Schauder

  • Week 6
14 February 2004
  Romania 55–11   Czech Republic
Try: Baraulea (2), Gheara, Gontineac, Sauan, Teodorescu (2), Zebega
Con: Dumbrava (6)
Pen: Dumbrava
Try: Rohlik
Pen: Kafka, Krejci
Dinamo Stadion, Bucharest
Referee:   Jean-Luc Rebollal

14 February 2004
  Georgia 14–19   Portugal
Try: Ghvaberidze, Kopaliani
Con: Kvnikhidze, Urjukashvili
Try: Aguilar
Con: Malheiro
Pen: Malheiro (3)
Drop: Malheiro
Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee:   Antonio Lombardo

14 February 2004
  Russia 36–6   Spain
Try: Fedchenko, Grachev, Korobeynikov, Korshunov, Kuzin, Rachkov
Pen: Rachkov (2)
Pen: Martinéz Torres
Stadium Junost, Krasnodar
Referee:   Jean-Pierre Pellaprat

  • Week 7
21 February 2004
  Romania 36–6   Portugal
Try: Baraulea, Mersoiu, Sauan (2), Toderasc
Con: Dumbrava (4)
Pen: Dumbrava
Pen: Malheiro (2)
Stade 1 Mai, Constanta
Attendance: 1,500
Referee:   Johan Meersman

22 February 2004
  Spain 6–6   Georgia
Pen: Kovalenco, Martinéz Torres
Pen: Kvinikhidze (2)
Tarragona
Attendance: 5,000
Referee:   Mauro Dordolo

  • The Russia-Czech Republic game, originally scheduled for 21 February 2004 and postponed due snow, wasn't played.
  • Week 8
6 March 2004
  Romania 50–10   Spain
Try: Dragoș Dima, Sirbu, Socol, Teodorescu, Tincu, Toderasc, Tonita, Voicu
Con: Tofan (5)
Try: Loubsens
Con: Martinéz Torres
Pen: Martinéz Torres
Stadionul Ghencea II, Bucharest
Attendance: 2,000
Referee:   Jean-Christophe Gastou

6 March 2004
  Georgia 9–3   Russia
Pen: Barkalaia, Jimsheladze
Drop: Jimsheladze
Pen: Rachkov
Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 6,000
Referee:   Joel Dume

6 March 2004
  Czech Republic 8–13   Portugal
Try: Rohlik
Drop: Brabek
Try: Cunha, Garvão
Pen: Grenho
Tatra Smichov Rugby Club, Prague
Attendance: 500
Referee:   Séan Mallon

  • Week 9
20 March 2004
  Russia 33–24   Romania
Try: Grachev, Kazantsev, Klyuchnikov, Shelepkov
Con: Simonov (2)
Pen: Simonov (3)
Try: Sauan, Toderasc, penalty try
Con: Dumbrava (3)
Pen: Dumbrava
Stadium Junost, Krasnodar
Attendance: 1,000
Referee:   Gérard Borréani

20 March 2004
  Spain 19–35   Portugal
Try: Davila Sánchez, Velazco Querol
Pen: Kovalenco (3)
Try: Aguilar (2), Garvão (3), Mateus
Con: Malheiro
Pen: Malheiro
Ibiza
Attendance: 2,000
Referee:   Akim Hadj Bachir

20 March 2004
  Georgia 23–7   Czech Republic
Try: Gorgodze, Zedginidze
Con: Kvinikhidze (2)
Pen: Kvinikhidze (3)
Try: Rohlik
Con: Krejci
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee:   Bernd Gabbei

  • Week 10
27 March 2004
  Czech Republic 16–6   Spain
Try: Brabec
Con: Kafka
Pen: Kafka
Drop: Kafka
Pen: Martinéz Torres (2)
Tatra Smichov Rugby Club, Prague
Referee:   Maurizio Vancini

27 March 2004
  Portugal 19–18   Russia
Try: Andrade, Malheiro
Pen: Malheiro (3)
Drop: Kazantsev
Try: Kuzin, Simonov
Con: Simonov
Pen: Simonov
Municipal Stadium, Coimbra

27 March 2004
  Romania 25–18   Georgia
Try: Sirbu, Tudori
Pen: Dumbrava (2), Tofan (3)
Try: Gorgodze, Kvinikhidze
Con: Kvinikhidze
Pen: Kvinikhidze (2)
Iași
Attendance: 8,000
Referee:   Stefano Mancini

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