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Emerging South Africa retain Nations Cup


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 20 Jun 2008 at 22:20

Emerging South Africa retained for the second consecutive year the IRB Nations trophy, defeating Romania 25-13 in a passionate climax to the six-nation tournament at the Nations Stadium Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.

The IRB reports that the final stages of the match were played in a torrential rainstorm, which did not dampen the enthusiasm of the public, nor prevent the South Africans from scoring an additional try, which denied Romania a bonus point and therefore pushed them into the third position overall, with Georgia, the surprise of the tournament, moving into the silver medal position.

In the first half the South African pack did the necessary in the tight, where they achieved a minimal edge, but were somewhat taken aback by the vivacity of the Romanian forwards in the loose, with the former wing forward Florin Corodeanu, re-cast at lock-forward and his back-row companion skipper Mersoiu, Burcea and Macovei dominating the exchanges against their highly rated opponents.

The first to put points on the board were the Romanians, through fly half Danut Dumbrava, some two minutes into the game. After about 20 minutes of sterile attacks followed by equally fruitless attempts to kick a number of penalties awarded by Italian referee Alan Falzone, South Africa skipper Morgan Newman managed to land a penalty to level the score.

A few moments later an unexpected break put South African full back Bjorn Basson through for a well-deserved try, converted by Newman. Romania returned to attack and solid South African defence as well as a number of errors prevented Mersoiu and his forwards from reaching the try line.

In the end, the Romanians had to settle for a penalty, which, with Romania fly half Dumbrava yellow-carded and off the field for a high tackle, was duly converted by centre Ionut Dimofte.

After the break, well advised by coach Chester Williams, the South Africans increased the pace and tried to move the ball wide, which failed to surprise the Romanian backs, already marshalled by veteran Romeo Gontineac, winning his 76th cap at centre.

Under pressure the Romanians gave away a penalty – followed by a breakaway try from a scrum near the 10-metre line signed off by the right wing Howard Noble. The try galvanised the Romanians, who attacked with the ball in hand, and after a few penalties near the line, and a yellow card for Emerging South Africa replacement flanker Zolani Mofu, Florin Corodeanu went over for a well-deserved try.

Although there is a long way yet for Romania to sit at the top table of rugby, the progress made from their tame performance in the opening match against Uruguay, to the effort in the final against Emerging South Africa, has made a clear statement about their potential and intentions.

Post-match quotes

Morgan Newman (captain Emerging South Africa):
“It’s great! We are very happy because we won for the second time in a row. It’s a great tournament. Romania is a very good side, but also our boys were very good, all the 26 of us played really well.

“I think we’ll go now to have a few drinks. I think the boys really deserved it. We will go now back to our union for our domestic competition. Hopefully some of us will go now to the full Springboks side but we need to confirm and to play really well.”

Ellis Meachen (director of Rugby Romania):
“It was a close game, we’ve created some opportunities in the first half, but we need some more speed. We need to find some players with good speed, because you saw the South Africans, when they create space they use their speed and score tries.

“Emerging South Africa played very good rugby and they deserved to win. It was anyway a good tournament for Romania, we have five guys who made their debuts, we started to develop a process of good skills and trust in each other in the team. We come back to the camp on the 1st of August for a trip to New Zealand and Pacific Islands, which should develop more our national team.”



40 Comments

  • Waste of time and money, let’s hope SARU sort a Bok A side against better opposition next year… but a win for this rag team is great all the same… Congrats…

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.08 03:56:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Sounds like Tyson had a good tournament. Maybe we need to give him a go ahead of skipper

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.08 07:56:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Vodacom Cup Emerging Boks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.08 10:14:34 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • NZ 20 -0 Eng.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.08 10:15:48 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Eng cocked up at least 2 tries.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.08 10:16:20 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • McCaw off injured. Seems like leg/knee.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.08 10:20:35 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Half time

    20-0

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.08 10:20:52 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • scorers?

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.08 10:29:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Tries Kahui (12th min), Carter (29th min) 0 –

    Pens Carter (3rd min, 22nd min) 0 –

    Conv Carter (12th min, 29th min)

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.08 10:32:04 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Eng pen right in front.

    Easy

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.08 10:32:55 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Barkley missed! :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.08 10:33:12 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • He could’ve thrown it over the crossbar. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.08 10:33:46 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 9) : yeehaw! I have Kahui in my team

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.08 10:34:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 11) : Morning Ra-cheltjie… I don’t mind *grin*

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.08 10:35:12 by Reds Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 14) : Aloha Reds.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.08 10:40:59 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Try Eng. Pen, quick tap.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.08 10:41:24 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 23-7

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.08 10:41:49 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Try NZ….

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.06.08 10:43:33 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 30-7

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.06.08 10:43:53 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Nonu scored.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.06.08 10:44:10 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 20) : I don’t think I have him :(

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.06.08 10:44:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yellow Tindall. Second in two weeks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.06.08 10:52:59 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Luaki under the sticks.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.06.08 10:57:02 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 37-7

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.06.08 10:57:19 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 24) : I’m wearing my Black today with pride!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.06.08 10:58:49 by Reds Reply

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  • Varndell in the corner.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.06.08 10:59:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • 37-12 68min.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.06.08 11:01:11 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Commentators buiding up the NZ v Boks clash already. Gonna be huge.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.06.08 11:03:31 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Tait out cold.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.06.08 11:06:39 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Got a Kahui head to the jaw.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.06.08 11:07:46 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Kahui head bleeding.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.06.08 11:08:45 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • NZ try after hooter.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.06.08 11:18:13 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Oh wait, TMO first.

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.06.08 11:18:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • No try :shock:

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.06.08 11:19:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Very, very harsh decision from TMO. Unfortunately one of those things you have to see.

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.06.08 11:20:10 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • TMO again…

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.06.08 11:20:36 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Cowan scores.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.06.08 11:21:02 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Full Time

    44-12

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.06.08 11:21:42 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • That’s all folks. :grin:

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.06.08 11:22:18 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 39) : Seems like u my hero now every Saturday giving me reports.. Thanx again

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.06.08 11:25:05 by Reds Reply

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