Spain 33, Czech Republic 12 in Prague (WCQ Europe Round 4 Playoff Pool 2, 1st leg)

Spain won by 21 points. I predicted Czech Republic by 12.


Although very much an upset result Spain’s win was probably not unexpected. The Czech team had little if any preparation for this match whereas Spain played in a Four Nations tournament in Belgium last Month. There they were defeated 18-6 in the final by Belgium with an experimental line up.





27.03.2004 Czech Rep. 16-6 in Prague (European Nations Cup)

30.03.2003 Czech Rep. 40-38 in Madrid (European Nations Cup)

30.11.1997 Spain 39-8 in Santander (WCQ Europe, Pool 3, Round B)

02.04.1995 Spain 90-8 in Madrid (FIRA A2)

30.04.1990 Drawn 22-22 in Vyskov (FIRA B2)


GWC Rugby Rankings: Europe Table-Czech Republic 11th, Spain 14th CHANGE


Zambia 14, Zimbabwe 10 at the Chester Dean Arena in Lusaka (Africa Cup, Group D)

Zambia won by 4 points. I predicted Zimbabwe by 22.


This result was the second upset of the weekend. It was an astonishing result, probably one of the major upsets of the year. Zimbabwe had played well to hold last Year’s finalist Madagascar 22-22 a month ago whilst Zambia had lost 18-59 away to the same team. Both Zimbabwe and Zambia had defections from their intended line up but Zimbabwe’s non-appearance of a few leading players certainly had a serious affect on team moral.


In the curtain raiser Zambia U21 drew 3-3 with Zimbabwe U21.


Point Scorers



Try: Musonda

Penalty Goal:Chisenga

Dropped Goal: Musonda, Chisenga



Try: Makwati

Conversion: Staak

Penalty Goal: Nyatanga


Point scorer information and confirmation of the result thanks to Kalumiana Kalumiana, Zambia.




Zimbabwe Squad


Alfred Sairai, Michael Hess, Aubrey Dube, Gardner Nechironga, Allan Mdehwa, Jason Hitz, Jack Leitao, Fortune Chipendo, Donald Mangenje, Happison Nyatanga, Tangai Nemadire, Paul Staark, Willis Magasa, Lloyd Makwatui, Cleopas Makotose, Max Dykes, Dumisani Ncube, Tendai Takavarasha, Norman Mukondiwa, Tafadzwa Mhende, Gerald Sibanda, Tichaona Chidongo.


Coach: Chris Lampard.





Jonathan Mambilima

Tresford Kabeya

Musonda Chileshe

Norman Sibanda

Chris Chileshe

Nigel Chibwe

Tom Chaloba

Duncan Nyirenda

Ephraim Musukwa

Lazarus Chiti

Boyd Nyirenda


Alex Mwila

Runnel Amerngos

Noble Chisanga

Richard Kapoma

Lawrence Njovu

Anthony Kalengo

Golden Musonda

Edwin Zulu

Kaminsa Musonda

Patrick Chama.

Coach: Innocent Sakala




10.05.2003 Zambia 17-8 in Luanshya

01.04.1982 Zimbabwe 54-4 in Lusaka


GWC Rugby Rankings: Africa table-Zimbabwe 4th, Zambia 13th CHANGE



Germany 40, Switzerland 10 at Allmend Stadium in Berne (Friendly) HT 28-3

Germany won by 30 points. Exactly what I predicted.


Germany won this match comfortably as predicted despite fielding a team without their foreign-based players and with a number of new players at this level.. They were both physically and technically superior to their southern neighbours. The Swiss also introduced new players to test rugby. They had their best period of play towards the end of the second half where they dominated play and scored their only try.



01.12.1985 West Germany 18-10 in Genfug (FIRA)

31,05.1985 West Germany 30-12 in Heidelberg (FIRA C)

28.10.1978 West Germany 18-0 in Geneva (FIRA B)


GWC Rugby Rankings: Europe table-Germany 15th, Switzerland 24th




Germany Squad

Colin Grazanna, Franck Moutsinga, Gerrit van Look, Hendrik van Look (alle Berliner RC), Michael Döries, Alexander Luft, Timur Tekkal, Benjamin Denso (alle DRC Hannover), Benjamin Krause (SG Hannover 78/08 Ricklingen), Mustafa Güngör, Steffen Thier, Christopher Weselek, Tim Kasten (alle RG Heidelberg), Markus Walger (RK Heusenstamm), Christian Doering (SC Germania List), Lars Eckert, Christian Hug, Klaus Mainzer, Markus Trick (alle SC Neuenheim), Sebastien Chaule, Rene Engelhardt, Jens Schmidt (alle TSV Handschuhsheim).

Coach: Rudolf Finsterer



Props: Schelte Betten (Zürich), Alfredo Burgener (Basel), David Da Silva (Neuchâtel), Clement Bärtschi (Villeurbanne), Patrick Pithoud (unassigned)

Hooker: Yohann Mazza (Hermance), Renaud Voise (Massy)

Locks: Pédro Dubois (Nyon), Geiges Clemens (Zürich), Steven Lazarus (Basel), Sergio Hösel (Zürich)

Loose forwards: Ramiro Dip (Zurich), Urs Zimmerli (Zürich), Raphael Gessenharter (Nyon), Gareth Jones (Nyon), David Mossiere (Geneva), Frank Vincent (Strasbourg)

Halfback: Geoff Johnson (Hermance)

Flyhalf: Ben Martin (Geneve)

Centres: Jean-Claude Porte (Nyon), Gary De Graf (Zürich), Iain Wise (Hermence)

Wing: Arnaud Blaszczyk (Geneve), Célien Mundler (Geneve)

Fullback: Olivier Dumerliat (Hermance), Alberto Giuliani (Ticino)

Coach: Patrice Philippe