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Rugby: Romanians score victory against group leader Georgia

Romania’s national rugby team has chalked up an important home-side win against Georgia, European Nations Cup group leader, score 22-10, and will confidently leave for Portugal where it will play a game counting for the third place, a place that would secure its presence in the play offs for the World Cup 2011.


The Romanians won the game against an already qualified Georgia after playing an open and fair play game that lacked any incidents. The victory was secured thanks to Dan Dumbrava’s penalties and of extra ambition and determination.


The game was attended by Romanian PM Emil Boc and Georgian PM Nika Ghilauri, but also by Octavian Morariu, the president of the Romanian Olympic Committee, by businessman Ion Tiriac, former tennis player and former president of the Romanian Olympic Committee, and by businessman Dinu Patriciu. ‘I came primarily to support the national team. I sang the anthem and cheered the team from the stands, all the things a Romanian fan does,’ Emil Boc stated for Realitatea TV.


At the end of the game, Alin Petrache, president of the Romanian Rugby Federation, gave the Romanian team the ‘Antim Ivireanu’ Cup, a trophy that is put up for grabs at each game between the two teams.


The decisive game for catching the last ticket for the World Cup playoffs (third place in the European Nations Cup) is scheduled this week in Portugal where the host team also seeks to finish third in the group. The Romanian team will also play an easy home-side game against Spain on March 27. Georgia and Russia, the teams that top the group standings, are already qualified for the World Cup.


The European Nations Cup group standings are topped by Georgia with 24 points (298-132), followed by Russia with 24 points (283-139), Portugal with 17 points (213-114), Romania with 17 points (214-124), Spain with 9 points (114-214) and Germany with 9 points (41-440).

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