Romania battle past Canada

Date published: November 22 2014

Romania fly-half Florin Vlaicu kicked all of his side’s points as they got the better of Canada, winning 18-9 in Bucharest on Saturday.

Romania fly-half Florin Vlaicu kicked all of his side’s points as they got the better of Canada, prevailing 18-9 at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf.

The victory was Romania’s first of November as they bounced back from defeats to USA and Japan with this gritty success in Bucharest.

Canada could only muster three penalty goals in the game but did take the lead via full-back James Pritchard’s boot before Vlaicu responded in the 28th and 37th minute for a 6-3 half-time lead.

Gordon McRorie did level for Canada in the 47th minute but Romania then churned through the three-pointers as pivot Vlaicu added four more penalties to Pritchard’s second to seal the win.

The scorers:

For Romania:
Pen: Vlaicu 6

For Canada:
Pen: Pritchard 2, McRorie

Romania: 15 Catalin Fercu, 14 Dorin Manole, 13 Csaba Gal, 12 Robert Dascalu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Florin Vlaicu, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Stelian Burcea, 7 Valentin Ursache, 6 Mihai Macovei (capt), 5 Valentin Popirlan, 4 Alin Coste, 3 Horatiu Pungea, 2 Otar Turashvili, 1 Mihaita Lazar.
Replacements: 16 Andrei Radoi, 17 Andrei Ursache, 18 Paulica Ion, 19 Marius Antonescu, 20 Vlad Nistor, 21 Florin Surugiu, 22 Florin Ionita, 23 Robert Neagu.

Canada: 15 James Pritchard, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Ciaran Hearn, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Patrick Parfrey, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Tyler Ardron (capt), 7 Nanyak Dala, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jon Phelan, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Jason Marshall, 2 Aaron Carpenter, 1 Hubert Buydens.
Replacements: 16 Ray Barkwill, 17 Andrew Tiedemann, 18 Doug Wooldridge, 19 Kyle Gilmour, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Sean White, 22 Jordan Wilson-Ross, 23 Nick Blevins.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland), Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Television match official: Geoff Warren (England)