SINJ, 17 May 2021 – The Croatian national rugby team has returned after a year and a half break with a victory.
Croatia beat the Czech Republic 36:24 in Sinj on Sunday. It was the first official national team match to be played in the Dalmatian hinterland town.
Croatia took the lead in the 5th minute with a try from Domagoj Plazibat, who was one of the standout players yesterday scoring 21 points.
The Czechs managed to turn things around and jumped to a 12:5 lead. In the 30th minute, Croatia captain Nik Jurišić scored an intercept try, which was converted by Plazibat to level the score at 12:12.
In the third minute of the second half, Jurišić and Plazibat combined to give Croatia a 19:12 lead. The home side stretched their lead to 31:17.
The Czechs managed to narrow the lead but a try by Toni Miloš gave Croatia a 36:24 victory in the end.
The win gave management a good insight into the form of the national team and their opponents ahead of the European Championship where they could meet agan.
Prior to the suspension of the competition due to the coronavirus pandemic, Croatia was in first place in the South Division, while the Czech Republic was leading the North Division.
CROATIA 36:24 CZECH REPUBLIC
CROATIA: Biškić, Čorić, Perlain, M. Miloš, Perić, T. Miloš (5), Galić, Buljac, Lerotić, Jurišić (10), Peršić, Perica, Grčić, Pavlović, Plazibat (21), Brečić, Kordun, Žigo, Jelavić-Mitrović, Jukić, Prološčić, Rudić, Vlašić
CZECH REPUBLIC: Adamek, Hodek (5), Calta, Charvat, Trefny, Uys, Hutnik, Havel, Schutz, Hrebačka (4), Miracky, Kučera (5), Tieber, Čižek, J. Kohout, Šima, Drimal, Novotny, Bejček, Diviš (5), Kučera, K. Kohout (5), Pospišil
The Croatian Rugby Federation recently celebrated its 59th birthday recently.