New season, same old story in Serbian Rugby League, as current champions Red Star secured yet another trophy in SRL Super Cup. Repeated champions once again were convincing against arch rivals Partizan 62:12 (32:6) at Belgrade’s BASK Arena stadium.
It was a stalemate, until Milos Zogovic’s second try regain the lead for Serbian and Balkans champions (12:6) and broke the hard black and white defense. Before the half, Red Star would go on and score four unanswered tries which basically ended who will take the first trophy in 2019 SRL season.
Brett Davidson’s team added five more tries in the second half claiming eight consecutive victory in the Belgrade’s eternal derby. Partizan couldn’t match its rivals fire power who proved once again that they are team to beat in the Balkan’s region.
“Even though final score doesn’t say it was very demanding game for us, because Partizan is always a tough opponent and we know each other so much. Also it is a first game of the season for us, after Challenge Cup debut back in January, so it is rewarding to come up with another trophy”, said Red Star president Zeljko Delic.
SRL season continues next week with the start of SRL First division, where Red Star is also defending champion.
RED STAR 62 (32)
PARTIZAN 12 (6)
RED STAR: Miloš Zogović, Ilija Krstić, Brandon Anderson, Petar Milanović, Rajko Trifunović, Darcy Etrich, Vladislav Dedić, Stefan Nedeljković, Vuk Štrbac, Marko Janković, Predrag Keglić, Aleksandar Đorđević, Stefan Nikolić. Subs: Matej Bajić, Denis Čengaj, Slobodan Milenković, Velibor Srećković.
Tries: Miloš Zogović 11’ and 24’, Rajko Trifunović 28’ and 61’, Vuk Štrbac 31’ and 42’, Darcy Etrich 35’ and 78’, Brandon Anderson 40’ and 44’, Stefan Nikolić 54’.
Goals: Miloš Zogović 8/10, Matej Bajić 1/1.
PARTIZAN: Dragan Janković, Nemanja Manojlović, Aleksandar Pavlović, Nikola Srbljanin, Boban Janković, Branko Čarapić, Džavid Jašari, Dušan Milutinović, Mihailo Ilić, Mihajilo Stoiljković, Velibor Karanović, Denis Bajrami, Vladimir Milutinović. Subs: Ronaldo Bitići, Stevan Ivanković, Stefan Milinković.
Tries: Denis Bajrami 17’, Stevan Ivanković 58’.
Goals: Džavid Jašari 2/2.
Stadium: BASK Arena. Attendance: 250. Referee: Radoslav Novaković. Touch judges: Đorđe Divić, Stefan Stamenić.
Red card: Dušan Milutinović ’50 (Partizan) 50’.
Yellow cards: Dragan Janković ’50 (Partizan), Miloš Zogović ’78 (Red Star).