Romania 14 (6)
What a pleasure to see a jam-packed Lansdowne Road with the crowd
singing their heads off, before the game was even underway. A lot of
early penalties against the Irish from Referee Campsall, but all credit
to the Romanians for their strong opening.
What an opening try for the Irish! The whole team seemed to handle
before their speedy captain, Deon O'Cuinneagain, dotted down himself to
open the Irish account. Eric Ellwood added a penalty a few minnutes
later to take Ireland out to a ten-point lead.
Then it was Andy Ward who burst through from a ruck fif*** metres out,
to score next to the sticks. Ellwood did the business but Petre Mitu
stuck over a long range shot for Romania, a few minutes later. Ireland
17 - 3.
Paddy John had a go at the Romanian line, but like another lock in a
previous game, was penalised for a double-wriggle, which has previously
been allowed. The Romanians came away strongly and were rewarded when
Mitu stuck over his second penalty.
Excellent interplay between Irish backs and forwards at the business end
of the half with Mullins and O'Cuinneagain prominent saw Connor O'Shea
get in for a beaut. Once again Ellwood slotted the conversion.
Ellwood put over another penalty on the stroke of halftime.
Five minutes into the second half, Connor O'Shea took a long skip pass
from Eric Ellwood, to cruise in after Matt Mostyn had drawn the Romanian
defence with a dummy run. Ellwood converted.
Mitu slotted another penalty for Romania before the live-wire Irish
scrummy, Tierney, darted over in the right-hand corner. Ellwood did well
to convert and going into the last quarter, both coaches rang the
Some enterprising play by the Romanians kept the contest alive, despite
Ireland having increased their lead to 41 - 9. With Ireland moving into
defence mode, the Romanians took the initiative and Mitu shot the ball
out to Cristian Sauan, who shat in! Mitu missed the conversion.
In the dying moments, O'Driscoll nailed a drop from point blank range
for Ireland, and that was about the ballgame. An entertaining contest
and well-deserved win for Ireland, but a spunky show by Romania. They
play this game with a lot of style.