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The National Rugby Team beat Russia, 49-26, in Novgorod, and took an important step in the desired dream of the World Cup.
In a game for the 5th round of the Europe Championship, Portugal finished the first round of qualifying in second position, with 14 points, nine points behind Georgia, current European champion, but with five points more than Romania, the most direct pursuer, who has yet to close the round in a match against the Netherlands.
In case the Romanians win, in that match against the Dutch, with an offensive bonus point, they will equal Portugal, although the Portuguese team has an advantage in the direct confrontation given the triumph in Lisbon by 28-27.
It should be recalled that the European qualification for the 2023 World Cup results from the aggregate of the results of the 2021 and 2022 Europe Championship, which directly qualifies the first two classified, while the third will have to compete in a world repechage tournament with teams from other continents.