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RWC: CAN v ROM (Leicester): Pool D

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
REF: Wayne Barnes
ARs: Glen Jackson, Marius Mitrea
TMO: Ben Skeen

Kickoff: 2:45 AM AEDT, 4:45 PM BST

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

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

ROMANIA
1. Mihai Lazar 2. Otar Turashvili 3. Paulica Ion
4. Valentin Poparlan 5. Johann Van Heerden
6. Valentin Ursache 7. Viorel Lucaci 8. Mihai Macovei (captain)
9. Florin Valentino Surugiu 10. Mike Wiringi
11. Ionut Botezatu 12. Florin Vlaicu 13. Paula Kinikinilau 14. Madalin Lemnaru
15. Catalin Fercu

Replacements
16. Andrei Radoi 17. Andrei Ursache 18. Alexandru Tarus 19. Daniel Carpo 20. Stelian Burcea 21. Vali Calafeteanu 22. Adrian Apostol 23. Csaba Gal
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Canada butcher a clever blindside try by McRorie after Blevins gets pinged for a neck roll.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Looks like a decent crowd for a match between two minnows who are out of the tournament. So far both sides look like they'll be happy to run like mad and make it a bit of a spectacle.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
In the first 20 minutes, it's 3-0 Canada, with a YC to the Romanian fullback Fercu for a clumsy challenge in the air. Canada with most of the possession, and trying to play a fast east-to-west game. Rain making the everything a bit slick, and there are plenty of handling errors. Although Canada has had most of the possession, Romania is establishing some scrum dominance.

McRorie's missed a couple penalties, and Vlaicu's missed one. This probably should be a higher-scoring game right now.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Romania stifles its best chance at scoring by winning a scrum penalty, kicking for touch, winning another penalty on the Canadian 5 meter line, taking another scrum, and giving it away.

Canada has been threatening, but they've been just as likely to drop a pass as make a line break.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Canada holds on to a few passes, manages to get wide and DTHVDM splits two Romanian defenders for the first try. McRorie misses the conversion.

At 35 minutes, it's 8-0 Canada.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Lynn Howells is a lot of fun to watch. He's the anti-Heyneke Meyer, always looking pleasantly surprised and chuckling when Romania does something well.

Halftime, 8-0 Canada.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Four minutes into the second half, and Canada's winger Jeff Hassler pinballs off about 6 tackles to score a try. Nathan Hirayama takes over kicking duties from McRorie and slots the conversion, 15-0 Canada.
 

Wolfram

Bob McCowan (2)
15-0 Canada. Nice Try by the canadian No. 14 Hassler, tanking through some average romanian tackling. Conversion succesful.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
At 53 minutes, the Romanian forwards try to take the game into their own hands and manage to maul one over for a try. Vlaicu converts, and it's 15-7 Canada. This could yet threaten to turn into more of a contest.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Canada trying to be clever with the Romanian lineout and standing off. The Romanian receiver spots that, makes a break, and nearly gets through the Canadian defense, catching them on their heels.

The Romanian forwards take advantage of the momentum and start slamming the ball up the narrow channels, and earn a penalty at the 5 meter line. Vlaicu puts the ball in the corner and they get set for another lineout.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Canada play that Romanian lineout and manage to shove the Romanian maul into touch; Cuddles looks exhausted. Canada get the lineout, and Hirayama gets tackled behind the try line, but the Canadian lock was played in the air when going for the ball. Canada can exhale, and they start bringing on some replacements.
 

Wolfram

Bob McCowan (2)
So far the Romanians doesnt make the Canadians pay for their negative play. still 10mins to go and Romania again having a lineout in the Canadian 22.

Rolling maul here we go...collapsed and YC for the Canadian No. 6. Surley Romania have to score in their next play.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Nine minutes left, and the Romanian forwards have been taking matters into their own hands against the Canadian back five. They win a penalty on Canada's 5 meter line with a maul, get the Canadian lock yellow carded, and are seeing if they can pull within a point by taking a scrum.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Romania scores a try off that scrum. Vlaicu puts over the conversion, and we're at 15-14 with 6 minutes left in the game.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Csaba Gal does a number on the Canadian breakdown, and they win another scrum with just over 5 minutes to go.

Penalty to Romania.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Romania elect to kick for the posts. Vlaicu to put them ahead if he lands this 45 meter kick -- he's 2 from 4 for the afternoon.

AND HE SLOTS IT.

15-17 Romania with 2 minutes left. Lynn Howells looks happily bemused. Kieran Crowley will be spitting nails.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Jeff Hairflow tries to take it downfield himself for Canada, and is bundled into touch by the wall of Romanian forwards. Lineout Romania, and they earn the penalty.
 
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