Full back Vladimir Milutinovic was the star of the show, contributing 20 points from two tries and a perfect six goals, as Serbia’s U18s beat Bosnia and Herzegovina’s juniors 36-6 away in Vitez.
The game was played at the NT Rijeka Stadium, as a part of City of Vitez annual celebrations.
Milutinovic claimed the first two touchdowns and, by half time, Serbia had doubled their lead to 24-0 with tries by stand off Branko Carapic and Denis Bajrami.
Mihailo Ilic’s score in the 45th minute settled the outcome, Djordje Stosic crossing soon after for the visitors.
Bosnia Herzegovina’s consolation try came from prop Mateo Sola, Peter Praštalo converting.
Serbia coach Admir Hadzic was satisfied with performance of his boys. “Both teams have to be pleased with the game,” he said. “Getting a win is really nice, but also we had a very nice welcome here in Vitez. I want to congratulate both team’s efforts. I expect that these meetings would be more frequent because it is good for this kids to have this derby.”
His counterpart from Bosnia, Dado Vrebac, was equally impressed with the occasion. “A big thanks to all our juniors who gave their best and left their hearts on the pitch today against a very good Serbian side,” he commented. “The winner should be congratulated heartily, they were the better side and it’s up to us work harder in the future.
“We have room for improvement, with more joint practices we can become even more competitive. I am proud that the players gave their best. This is just the beginning and with work and commitment together, we will be a very good team in the future.”
The match was officiated by RLEF elite referee’s squad member Radoslav Novaković from Serbia.