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Moufflons ripped apart by Latvia in Paphos

The Cyprus national rugby team were thrashed 31-3

By Alexander McCowan

The Cyprus national rugby team were thrashed 31-3 by Latvia in Paphos in their European Nations Cup clash on Saturday afternoon.

The Moufflons took to the field before a partisan crowd with revenge on their minds after the Latvians ended their world record 24-game winning streak last year. But things started to unravel within minutes as the visitors took a 6-3 lead.

Following the sending-off of George Agathocleous, the Latvians dominated.

Before the game, coach Paul Shanks had emphasised “it’s about basics,” and that’s where the Moufflons lost it as the Latvians bossed them from the start.

The second half was not much better as Latvia dominated and scored at will, with four tries gaining the bonus point.

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