Saturday, February 2, 2013

ROMANIA v PORTUGAL World Cup Qualifying R5 European Nations Cup Division 1A


Venue: Estádio Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon

Referee: Neil Hennessy (Wales)

Both Portugal and Romania look the likely teams to Challenge Georgia’s dominance of the European Nations Cup. At the end of the 2013-14 season the first two teams will automatically qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals as Europe 1 and Europe 2. Europe 3 goes to the repechage rounds. A good position at the end of this season is vital. For Portugal it is important to secure the home win.

Portugal fared well on the November South American tour being especially impressive against Uruguay, whom they lost 7-35 to mid-year.

Romania were disappointing as they lost to both USA and Japan at home in November. This followed a good win at the final IRB Nations Cup tournament in June.

Previous Encounters
04.02.2012 Romania 15-7 in Bucharest (ENC 1A)
05.02.2011 Portugal 24-17 in Lisbon (ENC 1A)
20.03.2010 Romania 20-9 in Lisbon (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
21.03.2009 Portugal 22-21 in Bucharest (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
08.03.2008 Romania 21-15 in Bucharest (ENC 1)

Romania Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
24.11.2012 v United States L 3-34 in Bucharest
16.11.2012 v Japan L 23-24 in Bucharest
17.06.2012 v Emerging Italy W 17-13 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
12.06.2012 v Argentina ‘A’ W 23-21 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
08.06.2012 v Uruguay W 29-9 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)

Portugal Last Five P 5, W 2, L 3
17.11.2012 v Chile W 28-22 in Santiago
11.11.2012 v Uruguay W 32-25 in Montevideo
17.06.2012 Uruguay L 7-35 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
12.06.2012 v Emerging Italy L 21-28 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)
08.06.2012 v Argentina ‘A’ L 9-41 in Bucharest (IRB Nations Cup)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Portugal 16th, Romania 22nd
Europe Table-Romania 8th, Portugal 12th

IRB Ranking Points
Romania 62.12, Portugal 59.63

Prediction: Very, very close. Romania by 2 points




15   Catalin Fercu  RCM Timisoara
14   Mihai Rosca  CSM Baia Mare
13   Robert Dascalu  Steaua Bucharesti
12   Florin Vlaicu  Steaua Bucharesti
11   Adrian Apostol  RC Farul Constanța
10   Dorin Manole  US Orthez, France
9   Florin Surugiu  CSM Bucaresti
8   Daniel Carpo RCM Timisoara
7   Mihai Macovei (Capt.) Sporting Nazairien, France
6   Viorel Lucaci Steaua Bucharesti
5   Marius Sirbe Tarbes, France
4   Valentin Ursache  Oyonnax, France
3   Andrei Ursache  Carcassonne, France
2   Andrei Radoi  CSM Baia Mare
1   Mihai Lazar  Castres, France
16   Eugen Capatana  RCM Timisoara
17   Paulica Ion London Welsh, England
18   Petru Tamba  Cardiff Blues, Wales
19   Cornel Tatu Steaua Bucharesti
20   Ovidiu Tonita Carcassonne, France
21   Ciprian Caplescu Dinamo Bucaresti
22   Csaba Gal  CSM Baia Mare
23   Ionut Niacsu CSM Baia Mare
    HEAD COACH: Lyn Howells



15   Nuno Penha e Costa CD University Lisboa
14   Adérito Esteves GD Direito
13   Carl Murray  CD University Lisboa
12   Frederico Oliveira CD University Lisboa
11   Gonçalo Foro  CD University Lisboa
10   Pedro Leal Nice, France
9   Francisco Pinto Malgahaes CD Univ.Lisboa
8   Julian Bardy  Cleremont-Ferrand, France
7   Juan Severino Chamberry, France
6   Jacques Le Roux AEISAgronomia
5   David dos Reis  Châteaurenard, France
4   Gonçalo Uva (Capt.) GD Direito
3   Juan Murré A. S. Dijonnais, France
2   João Correia  GD Direito
1   Francisco Fernandes  Beziers, France
    HEAD COACH: Errol Brain

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