Turkey, who have been playing rugby league for less than a year, made their international debut facing Greek Titans at the Kallipatira Stadium on the island of Rhodes.
The hosts, featuring 12 players from the domestic RLEF Greek Rugby League competition, won 86-0 but the Turks – who reached the final of the Rhodes 8s in the build-up – showed great promise.
The Greeks were in control from the start with centre Mitchell Zampetides, who finished with six touchdowns, and Rhodes winger Panayiotis Lampousis both scoring a brace of tries to give the home side a 16-0 lead after 23 minutes.
Zampetides registered his hat trick in the 28th minute before he was sin binned soon after, whilst Turkey lost centre Onur Ersoy, sent off for alleged kicking out, and playing with one less player began to take its toll.
Winger Yiannis Valasas from the Aris Eagles club in Athens, finished off a back line move to score in the 35th minute and give the Titans a 26-0 lead at the interval.
The second half was a one-way affair with the Titans racing in for 60 unanswered points. It took six minutes after the re-commencement for the home side to score through skipper Jordan Meads, who also landed nine goals.
Spiros Kigais, a late replacement for the popular Pantelis Arfaras, crossed minutes later before a Lampousis break resulted in Meads scoring another four-pointer.
A powerful tackle from Zampetides jolted the ball loose for hooker Ryan Kambouris to score in the 56th minute, Meads adding the extras to bring up the half-century.
Zampetides then scored two quick tries, Aristoteli Taktikos went over in the 66th minute and Michael Lekkas, a popular figure in Rhodes, raced down the touchline to score two minutes later.
Zampetides recorded try number six before Aris Dardamanis and Nikos Bosmos showed some great skill and pace to complete the rout.
“Tonight was about showing how much progress the Greek boys have made. Most of the team came from the local competition and it illustrated how much good work is being done in Greece,” said winning captain Meads.
Turkey are planning on hosting the Greeks next year and will commence their domestic competition shortly with five clubs involved.
GREEK TITANS 86
1 Dimos Kartsonakis (Rhodes)
2 Panayiotis Lampousis (Rhodes)
3 Michael Lekkas (Wentworthville)
4 Mitchell Zampetides (Hills District)
7 Yiannos Valasas (Aris)
6 Nikos Bosmos (Rhodes)
5 Jordan Meads (c) (Kawana Dolphins)
8 Stefanos Bastas (Rhodes)
9 Ryan Kambouris (Bulimba Bulldogs)
10 Aristoteli Taktikos (Narrabeen)
11 Ardonis Chatzimarkos (Rhodes)
12 Sebastian Sell (Mittagong)
13 Adam Kambouris (Bulimba Bulldogs)
Subs (all used)
14 Aris Dardamanis (Aris
15 Eugenios Malai (Attica Rhinos)
16 Giorgios Tsiakos (Rhodes)
17 Spiro Kigais (Rhodes)
18 Kostas Georgogalas (Patras)
19 Vasilis Lampadochytos (Aris)
Coach: Steve Georgallis
Tries: Mitchell Zampetides 6, Panayiotis Lampousis 2, Jordan Meads 2, Yiannis Valasas, Spiro Kigais, Ryan Kambouris, Aristoteli Taktikos, Michael Lekkas, Aris Dardamanis, Nikos Bosmos
Goals: Meads 9/15, Bosmos 0/2
1 Alicante Acar (Kadikoy Bulls)
2 Timur Keskin (Istanbul)
3 Aykut Kanaclar (Kadikoy Bulls)
25 Onur Ersoy (Kadikoy Bulls)
5 Furkan Keskin (Trakya)
6 Cem Severcan (Ruggers 34)
7 Doruk Celiktutan (Kadikoy Bulls)
8 Eren Kemal Sen (Kadikoy Bulls)
9 Ethem Coskun (Bankstown Giants)
10 Bora Ogul Boran (Ruggers 34)
11 Metin Mertsoy (Ruggers 34)
12 Cagri Yagiz Metin (Kadikoy Bulls)
13 Kemal Ege Gurkan (Istanbul)
Subs (all used)
14 Ahmet Onur Cetin (Kadikoy Bulls)
15 Taylan Kokuroglu (Kadikoy Bulls)
16 Hasan Huseyin Ozun (Trakya)
17 Mert Gungor (Kadikoy Bulls)
18 Tahsin Gungor (Kadikoy Bulls)
19 Nucettin Ten (Kadikoy Bulls)
Coach: Julien Treu
Referee: George Stilianos
Touch judges: Jim Minadakis, Ioannis Nake