Try (2) - Zimmer, Timmermans; Con (2), Pen (3), DG - Cohen-Sabban
The game saw Finland start the stronger, and it took more than 10 minutes for Luxembourg to settle down and gain any form of control.
Finland had improved in the scrum since the last game in April and with two changes in the back row for Luxembourg, Finland were able to get over the advantage line too easily. Luxembourg battled back, led well by Saman Rezapour to finally get into Finland territory but two penalties were the only reward, and at half time, only led 6-0.
Finland would have felt very confident at this point as the wind was clearly going to have an effect on play, but it was Luxembourg who scored first through winger Philippe Vimond, who latched on to a stray Finnish pass, and raced away to score between the posts. With Yared Ketema kicking the conversion, Luxembourg had a handy 16-0 lead.
Finland were then stung into attack and some good continuity play, assisted by some ineffectual defence, and the receipt of a yellow card against Luxembourg, saw two fine tries to the Finns and the score closed to 16-14. However even with the loss of inspirational captain Rezapour for the final few minutes, Luxembourg held on and controlled the ball for the final phases to secure a scratchy but deserved win 16-14.
With six debutants in the squad, against a team in the peak of their season, the signs for Luxembourg are positive. Worthy contributions were produced by Rezapour, Da Col, Kelly, Limpach despite the yellow card, McKinlay, Harris, and both Barnard brothers, but each player was eventually responsible for the outcome. This team will improve and now looks forward to the next match against Norway at Stade Josy Barthel on November 10.
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