Saturday, September 17, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Argentina v Romania Pool B


Venue: Rugby Park, Invercargill

Steve Walsh (Australia)


This is the second game of the tournament for both teams. Argentina will be looking for their first win after a disappointing loss to England. Romania proved against Scotland, a game they could have won, that they cannot be taken lightly.

Argentina suffered injuries aplenty after their bruising encounter with England. Gonzalo Tiesi's World Cup tournament is over and flyhalf and captain Contepomi is out of this game. The question how will this team perform without the key players?

For Romania this is a key game. To progress they must win this one.

Last Five Encounters
22.10.2003 Argentina 50-3 in Sydney (World Cup)
25.08.1998 Argentina 68-22 in Buenos Aires
18.10.1997 Argentina 45-18 in Auch (Latin Cup)
14.10.1995 Argentina 51-16 in Buenos Aires (Latin Cup)
31.10.1992 Argentina 21-18 in Bucharest

Romania has never defeated Argentina in a test match.

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Argentina 11th, Romania 18th

IRB Ranking Points
Argentina 77.30. Romania 65.69

Prediction: Argentina by 21


15 Lucas Gonzalez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Martin Rodriguez, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Mariano Galarza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Nicolas Sanchez, 22 Juan Jose Imhoff
Head Coach: Santiago Phelan

15 Iulian Dumitras, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Csaba Gal, 12 Constantin Gheara, 11 Ionel Cazan, 10 Tiberius Dimofte, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Ovidiu Tonita, 6 Mihai Macovei, 5 Cristian Petre, 4 Valentin Ursache, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Marius Tincu, Capt.1 Mihaita Lazar.
16 Bogdan Suman, 17 Silviu Florea, 18 Valentin Poparlan, 19 Daniel Ianus, 20 Valentin Calafeteanu, 21 Marin Dumbrava, 22 Florin Vlaicu
Head Coach: Romeo Gontineac

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