Romania rally to down Canada

2015-10-06 19:50
Nathan Hirayama (AP)
Cape Town - Romania have beaten Canada by 17-15 in a tense Rugby World Cup encounter at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

As it happened: Canada v Romania

Canada dominated the first half with over 60% of the possession and territory but could only score through winger DTH van der Merwe, his fourth try of the tournament. Gordon McRorie added a penalty for Canada to lead 8-0 at half-time.

Canada extended their lead early in the second half after winger Jeff Hassler dotted down. The try was converted by flyhalf Nathan Hirayama for a 15-0 lead. 

Finally, Romania were spurred into action, using their powerful pack to excellent effect, forcing a rolling maul over from over 20m out. Captain Mihai Macovei was credited with the score which centre Florin Vlaicu converted. 

A spirited Canadian defence held out on wave after wave of Romanian attacks but then lost flanker Jebb Sinclair to the sin-bin in the 71st minute when he collapsed a maul. Macovei forced his way over for his second of the match, again converted by Vlaicu. The Canadians now lead by a single point with six minutes left on the clock. 

The loss of Sinclair took its toll as a massive Romanian scrum then a penalty on the Canadian 10m line. A calm Vlaicu stepped up to send the ball through the middle of the uprights giving Romania an incredible come from behind win.



Tries: DTH vd Merwe, Jeff Hassler

Penalty: Gordon McRorie

Conversion: Nathan Hirayama


Tries: Mihai Macovei (2)

Penalty: Florin Vlaicu

Conversion: Florin Vlaicu (2)



15 Harry Jones, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 DTH Van Der Merwe, 10 Nathan Hirayama, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 John Moonlight, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jamie Cudmore (captain), 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Doug Wooldridge, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Hubert Buydens

Replacements: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Jake Ilnicki, 19 Kyle Gilmour, 20 Nanyak Dala, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Conor Trainor, 23 James Pritchard


15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Paula Kinikinilau, 12 Florin Vlaicu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Michael Wiringi, 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 Alexandru Tarus, 19 Daniel Carpo, 20 Stelian Burcea, 21 Valentin Calafeteanu, 22 Adrian Apostol, 23 Csaba Gal

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