France struggle in victory over Romania

2015-09-23 23:08

London - Two fine finishes from winger Sofiane Guitoune helped France overcome Romania 38-11 and make it two wins from two in Rugby World Cup Pool D at London's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

As it happened - France v Romania

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre made wholesale changes from the side that beat Italy 32-10 in their opener and the French huffed and puffed for half an hour before taking advantage of prop Paulica Ion's sin-binning.

Guitoune and Yannick Nyanga crossed as France led 17-6 at halftime and after Guitoune had barged over for a second time, fit-again centre Wesley Fofana secured a bonus point.

Romania scored a late consolation try through Valentin Ursache, but France had the final word when Gael Fickou went over at the death.

France next head to Milton Keynes to play Canada on Oct. 1 before facing a probable group decider against Ireland.

Scorers

France

Tries: Guitoune (2), Nyanga, Fofana, Fickou

Penalties: Parra

Conversions: Parra (3), Kockott (2)

Romania

Tries: Ursache

Penalties: Vlaicu (2)

Conversions:

Teams

France

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (captain), 1 Vincent Debaty

Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Yoann Maestri, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

Romania

15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Florin Vlaicu, 11 Adrian Apostol, 10 Danut Dumbrava, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Mihai Macovei (captain), 7 Viorel Lucaci, 6 Valentin Ursache, 5 Johannes van Heerden, 4 Valentin Poparlan, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Otar Turashvili, 1 Mihaita Lazar

Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Andrei Ursache, 18 Horatiu Pungea, 19 Ovidiu Tonita, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Valentin Calafeteanu, 22 Ionut Botezatu, 23 Csaba Gal

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