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Romania take final World Cup berth
Win over Uruguay sends Europeans to New Zealand finals
Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The 20th and final place in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, to be held in New Zealand, has been filled this weekend with Romania clinching the berth following a 39-12 win over Uruguay.
The two legged play-off fixture was finely poised going into Saturday’s match following a 21-21 draw in Montevideo two weeks ago. But Romania, who have qualified for all seven World Cups to date, proved too strong and eased to the win.
Csabi Gal, Alexandru Manta, Catalin Fercu and Madalin Lemnaru all scored tried whilst a penalty try completed the tries. Fly-half Danut Dumbrava added 12 points with the boot at the Arcul de Triumf Stadium in Bucharest.
Uruguay scored tries through Martin Crosa and Ivo Dugonjic despite the hosts dominating possession for much of the match.
Romanian’s win sees them qualify for Group B at the World Cup with 2003 champions England, Argentina, Scotland and Georgia.
This makes that group one of unpredictable nature. The Argentines have proved over the past few years how much they have improved whilst Scotland are making massive strides under Andy Robinson.
England, despite massive improvement themselves, will need to keep their wits about them and be focused and sharp if they are to come out of that group. The Romania game will be a potential banana skin whilst Argentina and Scotland won’t give it up easily. Georgia may be in for an extremely tough tournament.
This is how the groups now look:
Group A – New Zealand, France, Tonga, Canada and Japan
Group B – Argentina, England, Scotland, Georgia and Romania
Group C – Australia, Ireland, Italy, Russia and the United States
Group D – South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Manu Samoa and Namibia
The first game of the tournament is on September 9th when New Zealand play Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland. The tournament concludes with the final on October 23rd, again at Eden Park.