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Rugby League: Russian dismay at record drubbing.

Byline: IAN LAYBOURN

RUSSIA coach Eugene Klebanov was left disconsolate by his side's 74- 4 defeat by Wales in their opening match of the European Nations Cup in Aberavon.

The Russians, who face England A at Bradford next Sunday, conceded seven tries in each half to allow the Welsh to run up a record score and Klebanov admitted he was discouraged by the setback.

``We haven't met teams of this standard for a long time,'' he said.``I can't find any signs of encouragement and we must find out why. We were too soft and our control of the ball left a lot to be desired.''

Wales coach Neil Kelly, whose side take a break from the European tournament to play world champions Australia in Bridgend next Sunday, was delighted with his first win as Wales coach.

Meanwhile,New Zealand A are still looking for a first win of their five-matchBritish tour after losing 28-10 toWarrington.

New Zealand A led through centre Vila Apu'ula's touchdown. But Warrington grabbed touchdowns from Mike Govin, Steve Warburton, Nick Owen and Tommy Grundy in the first half with Owen adding three conversions.

New Zealand A began their fight back early in the second half when Lance Poka went over but Warrington addded a fifth touchdown from Jamie Durbin, converted by Owen, and held on.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2003
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