Rafferty six behind Sloman at Sotogrande
Caolan Rafferty. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Caolan Rafferty. Picture by Pat Cashman

Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty is six shots off the lead heading into the final round of the European Nations Cup in Spain.

On a day when just five players broke par, the recently crowned West of Ireland champion shot a two-over 74 to share sixth place on seven-over par at Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande.

Tom Sloman posted a level par 72 to lead by two strokes from Spain's Eduard Rousaud on one-over and help England lead the team standings by eight strokes from the Netherlands on 12-over.

Ireland are tied for third with hosts Spain on 23-over as Portmarnock's Conor Purcell shot 75 and Kilkenny's Mark Power a 74 to share 11th place on eight-over.

An 80 by Naas' Robert Brazill, leaving him tied 56th on 239, was Ireland's discarded score.