The Netherlands has gotten a promotion in the Rugby Europe Championship (REC).
After winning the Rugby Europe Trophy last year, the Netherlands has gained a promotion-relegation play-off against Belgium who came last in 2020’s REC. The play-off ended with the Netherlands winning 23 to 21 which earned them the right to enter the premier Rugby Europe competition after 19 years.
The Waterloo match was pretty dramatic because the lead switched hands many times, along with a penalty which sealed the deal for the Netherlands.
Thanks to a penalty from David Weersma, the Netherlands were able to take control by leading 1-0. After the center was extended, that also lead to another penalty for a 13-0 score by the 52nd minute.
However, Belgium did try to fight back with two tries in a span of 12 minutes. At first, Maxime Jadot went for a try from a close range, along with Alan Williams adding the conversion to decrease the deficit. They were in for an advantage in the last 10 minutes with Jens Torf’s try being converted by Williams.
This didn’t last too long because the Netherlands took the lead again when Bart Wierenga went for a try, with Weersma scoring.
The pendulum swayed back towards Belgium after they had their 3rd try, with Thomas de Molder crossing and Williams’ conversion, which made them take the lead into the last 5 minutes.
The last person to take action was Weersma with his penalty in the 77th minute. He scored, so the Netherlands took the win.