A Belgian rugby team racked up a cricket score and then some after a referee’s late arrival caused chaos for the opposition with Royal Kituro running out 356-3 winners against Soignies in the country’s top division.
Royal Kituro racked up no less than 56 tries – 38 of which were converted – while Soignies managed a solitary drop goal in what must be one of the most one-sided contests on record.
Soignies’s problems started early and when the referee failed to turn up on time a number of players got back on the team bus, assuming the match was off.
The official finally arrived however – more than an hour late – and the 16 remaining Soignies players needed to contest the match to secure the losing point on offer rather than forfeit and come away with nothing.
The video footage available suggests Soignies’ hearts were not really in it while a Kituro spokeswoman said their opposition “didn’t really play”.
The Soignies president, Guy Calomme, was brutal in assessment, describing the result as catastrophic but the efforts of the 16 brave souls was not for nothing – they remain in third place, one point above Kituro, albeit with a points difference of minus 264.
And that bloke who scored the drop goal? Almost worth going all the way to Belgium just to shake his hand and buy him a drink. No, really, respect for even bothering to try and score.