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Courageous Kurukuru succumb to Russia

The contest was never about who was going to win but rather about how many the Russians could put past the team they humiliated 4 years ago with the world record 31-2 score line. Once again Russia reigned supreme but signs that the Kurukuru are on the rise were abound throughout the match.
“I am proud of the boys for not giving up today – the Russians were a class apart from us but the fighting spirit within the team did not let up until the final whistle. The result is not in our favour but we expected it to be tough so we managed our objectives for this game,” Kurukuru head coach Dickson Kadau says of the game.
“Obviously, there is a lot more work that we need to do to be on par with the best of the world but in our own way the boys achieved something today. We need to work on defending all around the court and properly mark opponents because the game is now more dynamic than ever – these are important lessons for us today and we will improve always,” Kadau says.
With the help of their naturalised Brazilians Russia were up 8-0 in the first half and a further 8 in the second half helped them to the biggest score line in the competition so far and also to the top of the Group F table. Elder Lima top scored for Russia with 7 goals while Sergey Servgeev and Alexander Fukin both got on the scoresheet twice.
Kurukuru showed some control in the opening 5 minutes but the Russians were too big for them and quickly took over the game. While some of the flare of the island boys was on display getting past the Russian defensive wall was an insurmountable challenge. Meanwhile the Russians continued to drive them down with relentless pressure and in quick succession made it 3-0 after four minutes.
From there concentration started to wane from the Kurukuru side and mistakes started creeping in. The Russians capitalised on the lapses to add 5 more goals for a very comfortable first half lead.
The second half opened in similar fashion to the first with Russia quickly gaining control and using their well-practised movements to break down the Kurukuru defence. Sergeev needed just one minute to score and the situation went further downhill as efforts from his teammates took the game beyond reach for the Kurukuru at 16 nil.
The Oceania champions displayed greater determination in the dying minutes with Elliot Ragomo and Micah Lea’alafa both exciting the crowd with breakaway runs but the Russians ensured a clean sheet finish with class defending at the back.
The Kurukuru now need to win both their remaining games in the competition to guarantee them a place in the second round. South Americans Colombia are the next team on their schedule and they will be followed by Guatemala.
Kadau says that the Russian game will be invaluable for the Kurukuru as they look ahead to their next 2 games.
“The lessons from today will be vital if we want to win our remaining group matches. Both at a player and management level we need to correct our errors and move on with renewed objectives and determination,” Kadau says.

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