France take the U18īs

6 May 2018
A fine tournament with France just too powerful for Ireland (26 - 17) who were probably technically the best team in the tournament. Spain just pipped Germany on the whistle for third place.

And so it continued down the rankings: GB passed Italy, 17 - 14, with a minute to go, while Georgia were just too physical for the talented Portuguese (15 - 5).
In the lower half Poland converted from the touchline to beat Russia 26 - 24 after the hooter had gone, while Lithuania fought back to beat Belgium 12 - 10, the final score coming once again after the final whistle.
Down to the bottom four where Luxemburg improved throughout the tournament to take 13th place when beating Romania 19 - 15. Romania had previously given Sweden another drubbing, 45 - 0, to send them down to the battle for last place against the Ukraine. Here Sweden finally found their level after having lost the previous five games 229 - 0. They proved better than Ukraine, who fell away very badly in their last two games, beating them 26 - 5.
Olympic politics pulled the bottom three or four teams into this tournament; they should never have been there in the first place.

Author: HM Sr