INVERCARGILL – Argentina fired off a flurry of tries to claim their first Rugby World Cup 2011 victory by overwhelming Romania 43-8 in their Pool B match at Rugby Park Stadium on Saturday, according to the official website of the competition rugbyworldcup.com informs.
Four different Pumas grounded the ball in Romanian territory in the opening 30 minutes to lead 26-8 at half-time before closing out the match with a total of six tries.
Fly half Santiago Fernández scored Argentina’s first try of the tournament just five minutes into the match.
Romania head coach Romeo Gontineac said the Oaks conceded too many points in the opening half. “There was some panic in the first half and we lost some important points,” said Gontineac. He also indicated that Romania’s inability to control the ball was behind their disappointing display against Argentina and their opening 34-24 loss to Scotland. “It’s a collective problem,” said Gontineac. “It’s true, we started badly against Scotland and we started badly against Argentina. It’s up to us to be aggressive.”
Romanian centre Csaba Minya Gal agreed with his coach’s assessment. “We had a bad start and finished the same,” he said. “We just didn’t find the pace.” Nevertheless, the Romanians dug deep in the second half to prevent the Pumas from continuing their try-scoring spree until Juan José Imhoff broke away for five points in the 64th minute. Romania’s strengthened defence also resulted in prop Mihaita Alexandru Lazar being sent to the sin bin for leaving his feet at a ruck that took place less than a metre away from the try-line. “We showed that we can aggressive,” said Gontineac. “We can’t play rugby if we are not aggressive.”
A huge surprise occurred on Saturday when Ireland put the boot into Australia’s Rugby World Cup hopes with a 15-6 victory in their Pool C game at Eden Park. Boasting one of the slickest backlines in the tournament, the Wallabies struggled to live up to their billing and the Irish got home on the back of four penalties and a drop goal before a crowd of 58,678.
Latest results from the Rugby World Cup :
France – Canada 46-19;
England – Georgia 41-10;
Wales – Samoa 17-10