Royal Kituro have defeated Soignies 356-3 in the top flight of Belgian rugby, the Brussels-based side scoring 56 tries and 38 conversions to a lone drop-goal one week after Soignies had won a Belgian Cup tie between the sides..
The record scoreline in the Belgian Elite League fixture occurred after a bizarre lead-in to the game, as the referee failed to turn up on time. Soignies' coach and most of their players left the ground, assuming the game would be cancelled, but the officially eventually appeared more than an hour after the scheduled kick-off, and the game kicked off 90 minutes late.
Soignies club secretary Stephan Carnol was quoted as saying that "we only had 17 [players] available rather than a full squad of 22" when the match belatedly kicked off.
"We will be appealing to the rugby federation saying that the match was not played in optimal conditions given the absence of the referee."
The BBC reported the Soignies players "seemingly did not compete in protest", quoting Soignies president Guy Calomme describing the result as "catastrophic" and a Kituro spokeswoman as saying Soignies "didn't really play".