Rugby European Championship 2024 – Incredible performance by Belgium against Portugal

Portugal has fallen! On the opening day of the Rugby Europe Championship (aka Tournament B), Belgium pulled off a spectacular feat as they bid as one of the sensational teams of the last World Cup.

An act that will go down in history. On the first day of the European Rugby Championship, which brings together other European nations that are not part of the 6 Nations, Belgium beat Portugal at a sweltering Tondreau de Mons stadium.

A performance that should not be overlooked as the Portuguese remained at an impressive World Cup, marked in particular by a prestigious victory against Fiji (10th nation in the world). Portugal have certainly had a tough few months in recent months between the departure of Patrice Lagisquet and part of the squad (David Gérard, Michaël Dallery, who are now working with the Romanian selection) and stopping a large number of frames. However, the Belgians won by four small points on Saturday (10-6).

Day 1 results

Group A:

Netherlands 18 – 20 Spain

Germany – Georgia: ongoing

Group B:

Belgium 10 – 6 Portugal

Poland – Romania: 17:05

Ironically, the only try of the match was scored by scrum-half Hugo De Francq, perhaps the most Portuguese of the Belgians, who himself played in the land of carnations.

A historic win for Belgium, who move up three places from 29th to 26th in the next World Rugby rankings. Their goal? Play the next World Cup in Australia (2027). Meanwhile, the teammates of former La Rochelle player Julien Berger, the scrum starter, top their group. As a reminder, the European Rugby Championship consists of two groups of four (Spain, Netherlands, Georgia and Germany on one side, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Poland on the other). The top two then advance to the semi-finals. Next weekend, the Belgians will look to confirm their performance against Romania, who take on Poland this Sunday.

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