By Terry Liberopoulos
at Mac Stadium, Budapest
Wests Tigers’ Braith Anasta showed why he is a quality player after he led Greece to a 90-0 whitewash over Hungary at Budapest on Sunday.
Anasta piled on 46 points for the Greeks, who included eight players from the Greek Rugby League domestic competition. He scored four tries and kicked 15 goals from as many attempts, many of them wide out.
“I was really nervous before the game. I talked to my mum and brother before the game and I was emotional,” said Anasta.
“To play for Greece was a proud moment for me, for my dad and grandparents. It was the first time I was in Greece and I loved it.”
Greece took just three minutes of play to open their account when Sebastian Sell scored after a backline movement.
It was 12-0 after 10 minutes of play after Kristian Aroutsidis scored wide out. Anasta kicked the conversion from the sideline.
Terry Constantine scored two tries in three minutes, Mitchell Zampetides scored a brace and Anasta went over for his first of his four pointers as Greece established a 42-0 lead at half-time.
Anasta scored two quick tries early in the second half before Nake Ioannis, one of the eight players chosen from Greek domestic competition, burrowed over from dummy half to score in the 52nd minute. Anasta added the extras and Greece were cruising at 60-0.
Adam Bouris added two tries while Terry Conastantinou crossed for his third try of the game.
Sell scored in the 73rd minute and it was fitting that Anasta finished the scoring when he latched onto an intercept to score with two minutes remaining.
The positive to come out of the game was the way the local Greek players performed.
“The European and International Federation need to put resources into countries like Greece and Hungary,” said Anasta.
“The passion for the game in Greece was incredible. They want to play Rugby League and we need to help them.”
Greece 90 (Braith Anasta 4, Terry Constantinou 3, Mitchell Zampatides 2, Sebastian Sell 2, Adam Boris 2, Nake Ioannis , Kristian Aroutsidis tries; Anasta 15 goals) d. Hungary 0 at Mac Stadium, Budaprest, Hungary.
Referee: Radoslav Novakovic. Half-time: Greece 42-0. Crowd: 1013.