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Scotland beat Romania at the Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Scotland 84:0 Romania

Scotland dominated Romania with a staggering 84-0 victory in a Rugby World Cup clash, scoring 12 tries in the process. Darcy Graham led the charge with a first-half hat-trick, complemented by tries from Hamish Watson, Ali Price, and Matt Fagerson before halftime. The second half saw Chris Harris, Ollie Smith, Ben Healy, debutant Johnny Matthews, Rory Darge, and Graham adding to the Scottish tally, with Healy and George Horne showcasing flawless kicking accuracy.

This resounding win left Scotland just five points short of their largest-ever World Cup triumph against Ivory Coast in 1995. To boost their chances of progressing to the knockout stages, Scotland needed a maximum of five points in this game and will likely need to defeat Ireland while preventing them from earning a bonus point in their upcoming match.

Despite the dominance displayed, Scotland’s victory over Romania was a mismatch due to Romania’s underfunded and underplayed team coupled with their indiscipline on the field, leading to three yellow cards in the first half. Romania’s woes continued as they were unable to contain Scotland’s relentless attack.

As Scotland heads to face Ireland, they do so with high spirits and a plethora of tries to their name, while Romania finds themselves in a challenging position. The game showcased Scotland’s strength but also raised questions about the competitiveness of such one-sided encounters in rugby.

Match Summary

Pool B | Scotland 84:0 Romania

Scotland Scores:

TRIES Hamish Watson (9′), Ali Price (17′), Darcy Graham (21′, 34′, 40′, 77′), Matt Fagerson (38′), Chris Harris (45′), Ollie Smith (53′), Ben Healy (58′), Johnny Matthews (71′), Rory Darge (73′)
CONV Ben Healy (10′, 18′, 22′, 35′, 39′, 40′, 47′, 55′, 59′, 71′, 78′), George Horne (73′)

Romania Scores:

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille


Wayne Barnes

Man of the match:

Darcy Graham (Scotland)


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