Netherlands promoted to Rugby Europe Championship
Netherlands have secured promotion to the Rugby Europe Championship (REC).
Having received the Rugby Europe Trophy in 2020, Netherlands earned a promotion-relegation play-off towards Belgium, who had completed backside of final 12 months’s REC. And the Dutch have received that play-off 23-21 to maneuver into the premier Rugby Europe competitors for the primary time in 19 years.
It was a dramatic match in Waterloo, with the lead altering fingers a number of occasions and a late penalty sealing an historic victory for the guests.
Netherlands have been in management on the break, main 10-0 because of a strive, conversion and penalty from David Weersma. The centre prolonged that result in 13-0 within the 52nd minute with one other penalty.
Hosts Belgium then fought again with two tries in 12 minutes. First prop Maxime Jadot powered over for a strive from shut vary, with fly-half Alan Williams including the conversion to scale back the deficit. Then they took a slender benefit into the ultimate ten minutes when Jens Torfs’s strive was transformed by Williams.
Nonetheless, Netherlands regained the lead when Bart Wierenga went over for a strive, Weersma once more on the right track with the boot.
The pendulum swung again in direction of Belgium once they obtained their third strive, Thomas De Molder crossing and Williams changing, to take a 21-20 lead going into the ultimate 5 minutes.
Weersma had the ultimate say, although. The hosts conceded a penalty on the breakdown within the 77th minute, Weersma stepped as much as slot it and Netherlands have been capable of maintain on for the victory.
You’ll be able to watch highlights of the match right here…
Netherlands will now play their first REC match on Saturday 26 June towards Georgia, who’re unbeaten on this 12 months’s championship with 4 wins from 4.
Promotion to REC additionally offers Netherlands the chance to succeed in the 2023 Rugby World Cup as a result of the European match doubles as a qualifier for the worldwide showpiece.
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