Winger Adrien Timmermans and centre Guillaume Kimmel each bagged a brace of tries as Luxembourg opened up an unassailable 10-point gap between themselves and the rest at the top of the Rugby Europe Conference 2 North table with a 45-5 win over Finland.
Timmermans got the scoring underway in the sixth minute when he crossed for his first try, fly-half William Browne converting for a 7-0 lead. Browne then added a penalty before further tries from full-back Gauthier Bares and centre Kimmel put the home side 24-0 up at the break.
Finland responded 16 minutes into the second half through winger Samu-Peterri Paakko, but Luxembourg nipped any thoughts of a comeback in the bud with a fourth try scored by winger Charles Stone on 64 minutes. Timmermans and Kimmel then completed their doubles as Luxembourg finished their first match since last November in style.
Luxembourg did not get any reward for the victory from a World Rugby Ranking perspective as they are ranked 35 places higher than their opponents in 63rd. They conclude their Conference 2 North campaign in a fortnight's time with a home game against Norway, knowing that neither of their nearest rivals Denmark and Finland can catch them despite having a game in hand.
In the Rugby Europe Development League, Bulgaria kicked off their campaign with a resounding 57-0 win away to Montenegro.
Fly-half Petar Nikilov kicked 17 points and scored a try as the visitors, ranked 95th in the world, dominated their hosts under clear blue skies in Niksic, running in a total of eight tries.
The result did not count towards the rankings as Montenegro are not currently full members of World Rugby.
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