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September 30, 2022

Rugby World Cup: Romania defeats Canada in last-minute comeback

Romania defeated Canada 17-15 (0-8) on Tuesday night, in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup, after lagging 0-15, in “the biggest comeback” in the competition history; the World Cup repeated this statistical fact on its official website in a tweet heading “OAKSTRAORDINARY”.

The Oaks were unusually weak until halftime and saw the Canadians score another try and convert it in the second half, before kicking back. At 0-15, captain Mihai Macovei had two tries, and Florin Vlaicu converted both. With little time left, Vlaicu then brought the victory with a penalty kick.

Romania now has a shot to the third place in the pool; a victory against Italy on Sunday would bring the direct qualification to the 2019 World Cup.


Canada: Jones (Pritchard, 75) – Hassle (try, 44′) , Hearn, Blevins (Trainor, 50), van der Merwe (try, 33′) – Hirayama (conversion, 45′), McRorie (penalty kick, 11′) (Mack, 50) – Moonlight (Dala, 63), Carpenter, Sinclair – Cudmore, Beukeboom – Wooldridge (Illnicki, 68), Barkwill, Buydens (Sears-Duru, 62). Coach: Kieran Crowley.
Romania: Fercu – Lemnaru, Kinikinilau, Vlaicu, Botezatu – Wiringi (Gal, 52), Surugiu (Calafeteanu, 23) – Lucaci (Carpo, 77), Macovei, V. Ursache – Van Heerden, Poparlan – P. Ion (A. Ursache, 46), Turashvili (Radoi, 66), M. Lazar (Tarus, 75). Coach: Lynn Howells.

Pool D standings: Ireland (14 points), France (14p), Italy (5p), Romania (4p) Canada (2p)

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