Greece vs Hungary
BY TERRY LIBEROPOULOS
at Mac Stadium, Budapest
Wests Tigers’ Braith Anasta showed why he is a quality player after he
led Greece to a 90-0 whitewash over Hungary in Budapest.
Anasta piled on 46 points for the Greeks, who included eight players
from the Greek Rugby League domestic competition. He scored four tries
and kicked 15 goals from as many attempts, many of them wide out.
“I was really nervous before the game. I talked to my mum and brother
before the game and I was emotional,” said Anasta.
“To play for Greece was a proud moment for me, for my dad and
grandparents. It was the first time I had been to Greece and I loved
Greece took just three minutes of play to open their account when
Sebastian Sell scored after a backline movement.
It was 12-0 after 10 minutes of play after Kristian Aroutsidis scored
wide out. Anasta kicked the conversion from the sideline.
A wonderful kick return from Adam Bouris paved the way for Terry
Constantinou to beat the tackle of Banjamin Tolnai to score in the
Three minutes later, Terry Constantinou was in again after Anasta put
him in the clear. The latter converted and Greece were ahead 24-0 on
A healthy crowd of more than 1000 cheered loudly for the home side
but it was Greece that was putting on the points.
In the 27th minute, Mitchell Zampatides crossed wide out after a good
break earlier in the tackle count from Michael Korkidas.
Anasta was showing his skill when he put Terry Constantinou away. The
latter then passed back inside for Anasta to score under the posts.
Sebastian Sell produced a great run that saw Adam Bouris put
Zampatides over for his second try of the game. Anasta kicked the
difficult conversion to give Greece a 42-0 lead at half-time. Greek
coach Steve Georgallis emphasised at half-time that the boys needed to
concentrate in the second half and not worry about the scoreline.
Bouris went close to scoring in the opening minutes of the new half.
It didn’t matter as Anasta scored two tries in five minutes. The
second four pointer came after a powerful run from Matt Constantinou
before Anasta beat three defenders to dive over.
The scoreline was 60-0 when Nake Ioannis burrowed over from dummy
half in the 52nd minute. It was a great moment for the player from the
Athens-based club Pegasus Neos Kosmos.
Sell produced another huge run which eventually saw Anasta putting
Bouris away for the try in the 61st minute.
Two minutes later, a powerful clearing kick from Anasta saw nobody
home for Hungary and Terry Constantinou collected the spoils to bring
up his hat trick.
Bouris added another try to make it 78-0 before Sell scored in the
73rd minute and it was fitting that Anasta finished the scoring when
he latched onto an intercept to score with two minutes remaining.
The positive to come out of the game was the way the local Greek
Ioannis, who went on an aeroplane for the first time in his life,
looked like a seasoned professional at hooker despite only playing the
game for a few months.
Michalis Chatziioannou, Iordanis Bilikaidis and Dimitrios Minadakis
hit the ball hard, Giorgin Syti and Konstantinos Lambrakis were
dangerous out wide while George Stilianos and Panagiotis Karefylis
never stopped trying all game. It was fitting that all eight players
from the domestic competition were all on the field when the full-time
“The European and International Federation need to put resources into
countries like Greece and Hungary,” said Anasta.
“The passion for the game in Greece was incredible. They want to play
Rugby League and we need to help them.”
To their credit, Hungary never stopped trying with Sydney-based David
Farkas doing his best to get his team going forward.
Greece 90 (Braith Anasta 4, Terry Constantinou 3, Mitchell Zampatides
2, Sebastian Sell 2, Adam Bouris 2, Nake Ioannis , Kristian Aroutsidis
tries; Anasta 15 goals) d. Hungary 0 at Mac Stadium, Budapest,
Hungary. Referee: Radoslav Novakovic (Serbia). Touch judges: Steve
Wilson, Zeljko Delic. Penalties: Greece 6-0 Half-time: Greece 42-0.
Crowd: 1013. Goal-kicker: Braith Anasta (Greece) 15 from 15. Man of
the match: Braith Anasta (Greece).