Seven thousand spectators watched the Gold Corporation Romania Rugby Cup final from the tribunes of the Alba Iulia Unirea Stadium. For the first time in the sport’s history, the big Romania Rugby Cup final was played at the heart of Transylvania, at the suggestion of the main sponsor of the competition.
On Saturday RCM UV Timisoara won the Gold Corporation Romania Rugby Cup final, a competition that took place for the first time in Transylvania, exactly in the city that became Romania’s second capital on its National Day, December 1. RCM UV Timisoara defeated CSM Stiinta Baia Mare with a score of 32 to 10, in a match that kept a record number of spectators breathless. Approximately 6,000 Alba Iulia locals, as well as rugby passionate coming from Baia Mare, Timisoara, Cluj and Bucharest watched the show unfold in the playing field.
The match was a total of 80 minutes of fire. Ionut Dimofte from CSM Baia Mare scored from a penalty strike in the first minute and, in minute 14, Madalin Lemnaru from RCM UV Timisoara managed ground a ball and Calafeteanu scored. Lemnaru was also the player who ‘closed’ the first half with the third scored try of the match, the score after the first half being 29 -3 for Timisoara. Calafeteanu dashed into the second half with anew successful try and young prop Silviu Suciu scored the first try for Timisoara. Towards the end of the game, Calafeteanu scored from a new penalty chick, setting the final score at 32-10.
Actually, before the match, Valentin Calafeteanu was also awarded the trophy for the best scorer of the CEC Bank Super League, and Ionut Dimofte came in second.
‘We are happy that, together with the Romanian Rugby Federation, we could offer the people of Alba Iulia and to viewers from around the country the opportunity to watch a unique moment in the history of this competition. We are honoured by the partnership with the Romanian Rugby Federation which allows us to reward labour, commitment and fair-play. We congratulate both finalists for the show of strength and noblesse they offered us today in their fight for the golf. We, in our turn, would also like to give Romanians gold and offer everyone in this area jobs as well as the chance of a better livelihood,’ said Dragos Tanase, CEO of RMGC, FRR official partner and sponsor of the Romania Rugby Cup.
‘I am extremely pleased about this final. It was a nice game where rugby was the winner. It was a grandiose event worthy of a Romania Cup final. Our thanks go to our partners for their proven commitment,’ said Alin Petrache, President of the Romanian Rugby Federation.
Apart from the match, the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation organiser also prepared a series of special events for the public, including the march of the Alba Iulia City Guard accompanied by the brass band of the ‘Augustin Bena’ Cultural Centre subordinated to the Alba County Council, demonstrative matches played by children from the Gold Rosia Montana Club as well as a raffle with over 300 different prizes.
The partnership with the Romanian Rugby Federation is part of the ‘Gold for Romania’ campaign initiated by the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation mining company, designed to support Romanian talent in various fields, sports included. Apart from rugby, the company is also a strong supporter of football and basketball, its partnerships being primarily orientated towards teams in the Alba-Cluj region.
About Rosia Montana gold corporation
Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC) is a company founded in 1997, in Alba County, owned by state-owned mining company Minvest Deva – 19.31 per cent – and Gabriel Resources – 80.69 per cent. RMGC is set to develop the most modern mine in Romania, at Rosia Montana, an endeavour that will bring major benefits to the Romanian economy. As a model-mine, the Rosia Montana project will set a new standard in responsible gold mining both in the European Union and at an international level. More information is available on the company website, at www.rmgc.ro.
About Romania Rugby Cup
The first edition of the Romania Rugby Cup took place in 1947 and the first winner of the Cup was CFR Bucharest. The competition has had different names over time, with the best known being the Federation Cup in 1980-1990. In the last ten years, the most trophies have been won by Steaua (four) and Dinamo (three). In 2003 and 2004, the Cup was held among selected teams representing historical regions and the Transylvanian team won every time.