Nations Cup Review: Romania triumph again

Date published: July 2 2016

Romania made it four straight World Rugby Nations Cup titles last weekend, topping Pool B with three wins out of three.

The annual competition was split into two pools this year, with the teams playing all their three matches against the sides from the other group:

Pool A: Argentina XV, Namibia, Uruguay
Pool B: Romania, Emerging Italy, Spain

Having already defeated Namibia and Uruguay in the previous weeks, Romania made sure of the title with a 20-8 win over an Argentina XV at the stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.

The Oaks' two tries came from hooker Andrei Radoi and full-back Catalin Fercu, with veteran back Florin Vlaicu completing the scoring with two conversions and two penalties.

Franco Brarda's 68th-minute try for the Argentina XV came all too late, as Felipe Contepomi's side lost their first match of the tournament to in the finished tied with Namibia.

"It was a good win, and a good tournament," said Romania coach Lynn Howells told World Rugby.

"We tested seven players and they all proved themselves worthy, I am really proud of them."

Other results on the final day of action saw Uruguay defeat Spain 16-0, while Namibia came out on top in their clash with Emerging Italy, winning 38-26.

World Rugby Nations Cup 2016 Results

Week 1

Argentina XV 44-8 Spain
Uruguay 24-26 Emerging Italy
Namibia 8-20 Romania

Week 2

Argentina XV 40-30 Emerging Italy
Namibia 34-32 Spain
Uruguay 0-40 Romania

Week 3

Uruguay 16-0 Spain
Namibia 38-26 Emerging Italy
Argentina XV 8-20 Romania