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FULL TIME Scotland 42-0 Romania


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By Julian Shea

FULL TIME SCOTLAND 42-0 ROMANIA: Six tries, a clean sheet, a bonus point .... a job well done. Murrayfield may only be half-full, but you get the impression the majority of the 31,000 people who came out tonight are pretty glad they did.


74 mins Into the dying stages now, and Romania are on course to be whitewashed. If Romania could manage a score of some kind, that would leave England alone as the only team in the tournament so far to have failed to score in a match.

In fact, there have only ever been five whitewashes in World Cup history. Another trivia nugget with which to thrill your friends.

71 MINS TRY SCOTLAND 42-0 ROMANIA: No room for romance I'm afraid Romania.

As a result of Southwell's kick clear, Scotland are back on the attack, and a rare burst by Scott Lawson sets up Rory Lamont for his second try of the night, and his fourth of the tournament.

The public address system cranks up "I'm on my way" by the Proclaimers, and Chris Paterson does what he does best - kicks goals.

70 mins Romania launch their most prolonged period of attack, a move lasting 11 phases, until the ball squirts out of a maul near the line and Scott Lawson pounces on it, getting the ball back to Hugo Southwell to hoof back down the other end of the field.

69 mins Romania's Silviu Florea comes on for Bogdan Balan. Please, no more substitutions - not only is it getting hard for me to keep up typing them all in, but it's breaking up the game too much.

67 mins Nicky Walker comes on for Dan Parkes, but the sight of Euan Murray limping off with an arm injury, to be replaced by the returning Kerr, is more of a cause for concern.

65 mins Rather worryingly for Scotland, hat-trick hero Ally Hogg limps off to be replaced by Kelly Brown.

64 mins "Sorry, I did blow," says referee Nigel Owens as Romania's Romeo Gontineac enthusiastically goes on a meaningless chip and chase upfield long after the whistle has gone after Scotland's advantage breaks down.

Poor chap, he must have thought it was his moment of glory, but the whistle was long gone, he just hadn't heard it.

59 mins Scott Lawson becomes the latest Scotland player to get a brief run-out as he comes on for Ross Ford.

58 mins Mike Blair and Rob Dewey off, Chris Custier and Hugo Southwell on. Job done, so why risk them picking up an injury with a big game coming up?

54 mins Alexandru Manta comes on for Alexandru Tudori, but I can't see it drastically affecting the flow of the game somehow.

52 MINS TRY SCOTLAND 35-0 ROMANIA: Cristian Petre's high tackle on Blair only delays the inevitable as Simon Webster's pass finds Ally Hogg to go over from close range on the left for his hat-trick.

Paterson steps up... and to the surprise of absolutely no-one, adds the conversion.

51 mins Job done, coach Frank Hadden starts to shuffle his pack and give some players a rest. Craig Smith and Scott MacLeod on for Scotland, with Gavin Kerr and Nathan Hines taken off.

46 MINS TRY SCOTLAND 28-0 ROMANIA: Simon Taylor charges down a kick, whose delightful reverse pass finds Mike Blair thundering down the left touchline.

He eludes the grasp of Catalin Fercu and makes amends for his earlier selfishness as he slips the ball inside for Ally Hogg to go over for his second try of the match, guaranteeing the bonus point.

Paterson makes it four from four with the boot.

45 mins Two more replacements for Romania, Ionut Tofan on for Ionut Dimofte, and Valentin Calafeteanu on for Lucian Sirbu.

Unless they were trying to run off injuries, can anyone explain the logic of giving people five minutes in the second half of a game which is already so one-sided?

44 mins That should definitely have been a fourth try for Scotland. Ignoring players out to his left, Mike Blair decides to try and stretch out of a tackle and touch down, but pays the price as he falls just short and gets called for a double movement.

43 mins One change at half-time for Romania, Marius Tincu off replaced by Razvan Mavrodin.

"Good to see that Scotland play clearly for the bonus point not just for the win. Sorry to see such a small crowd after the fantastic crowds in France."
merryshaunad, via 606

"Well, Mr. Shea, although rugby union is fully amateur game here in Latvia and our national team is quite mediocre by European amateur standards, a lot of people here follow what's going on in France."
LatvianAllBlacksFan, via 606

So if you're looking for somewhere to go for a slightly more off the beaten track end of season tour, now you know where to go - Latvia. You'll have a lovely time, it's beautiful. I know, I've been there.

HALF TIME SCOTLAND 21-0 ROMANIA: So far, so pretty much perfect for Scotland. Admittedly playing the All Blacks is a wee bit different to playing Romania, but that 40 minutes must make Frank Hadden feel quite upbeat about the weekend.

36 MINS TRY SCOTLAND 21-0 ROMANIA: Not before time, a third Scotland try.

Sean Lamont cuts through the Romanian defence like a knife through millk, let along fully formed butter, to put Scotland on the front foot yet again and although the move breaks down, the initiative is not lost.

Rob Dewey rages through a ragged Romanian defensive line towards the left-hand corner and offloads to Rory Lamont bowls over from close range for his third try of the tournament.

After two kicks from the right hand touchline, Paterson makes it three out of three from the left-hand side.

"Bagpipes can't play the flattened 7th near the end and have to raise it a semitone. England to beat Samoa." George, via text

Thanks for all the bagpipe chat, I feel we've all learnt something here tonight but I think that correspondence can now be closed.

29 mins Another collapsed scrum near the Romanian line, and referee Nigel Owens says to both front rows "I asked you about this in the dressing rooms, now I am telling you. Next time this will be dealt with differently." Unsurprisingly, the next scrum stays up.

25 mins Rory Lamont is in the thick of the action again, with a kick and run to pile the pressure on scrum-half Lucian Sirbu as Scotland make sure the action stays within scoring distance of the Romanian line.

Iulian Dumitras's desperate kick clear is neatly controlled by Sean Lamont and just hands possession back to the Scots to launch another attack.

22 mins A quick burst by Dan Parkes allows Rory Lamont to break about 40 metres and put Romania on the back foot yet again as Scotland go in search of a third try.

"Thanks Robbie. Bagpipes can only play in Bb, Flower of scotland is usually sung in F and so when you get to the E, pipes can only play an E flat". Johnny, via text

Apparently it's not the whole piece that's played in a different key, but something to do with the word "think" in "think again" (thanks Chris in Cardiff for your help too). Then Johnny's explanation gets a bit technical....

15 MIN TRY SCOTLAND 14-0 ROMANIA: Bang on cue, the second Scotland try.

Ally Hogg claims his seventh try in 37 appearances when he gets his hands on the ball from a pushover try.

Two penalties in quick succession near the Romanian line have the men in blue under pressure, and the Scottish pack sweep them backwards towards the line. The try seems inevitable and it is Hogg who touches down in the same corner where Paterson scored.

Paterson then keeps up his 100% kicking record in the tournament so far with the conversion. So far, so comfortable.

13 mins Apart from a missed Romanian penalty shortly after Scotland's try, the game has settled down now with no serious threat to either goal-line. But Scotland are enjoying the majority of possession and territory and looking the more likely to alter the state of the scoreboard.

12 mins "After humbling experience by other Home nations against the minnows (some even fought for dear life there) I dare to predict that Scotland will get a mother-of-all- scares, if the Oaks will be able to keep their discipline." LatvianAllBlacksFan, via 606

Latvian? And some people have the nerve to say rugby union isn't a truly world game...

7 mins "Bagpipes can only play in B flat but I know sufficiently little about music to ken if that's a major or a minor key." Robbie an ex pat Scot bagpiper

Thanks for that Robbie, that's a little clearer. As someone who reached Grade 6 clarinet (playing a B flat instrument) I can't help but feel I should know too.

1 min TRY SCOTLAND 7-0 ROMANIA: With just 70 seconds on the clock, Chris Paterson opens the scoring.

Scotland win the opening line-out, and Dan Parkes hoofs the ball high above the worried looking Romanian defence. Simon Webster follows up the fumbled take, Scotland work the ball out to the right win and Paterson skids in on his knees to touch it down. He then curls in a beautifully judged conversion. A perfect start.

1958: As the anthems are played, I've a question that maybe a Scottish musician out there can answer for me. Why is it that sometimes Flower of Scotland is played in a major key, and sometimes in a minor key? Someone told me it's something to do with what instruments it's played on, as bagpipes can only play in either major or minor keys, but not both.

Is there any truth to this, or is it nonsense? If you can help me out, I would be grateful.

1955: Here's something you probably didn't know - Murrayfield is staging its 12th World Cup match tonight, which is more than any other venue. One for the pub quiz night.

As of this afternoon, 26,000-27,000 tickets for the game had been sold. A quick look round the inside of Murrayfield suggest that any ticket touts hoping to fund a late summer break on the proceeds of their work tonight are in for a disappointment.

1940: "I fancy Scotland to win by 50 odd points to 10 but am more interested in what sort of side they will put out against the AB's."
BigAlCrash, via 606

"I'm sure Scotland will win, but i can see it being like a lot of the games recently and winning by only 5-15 points."
chrisp2412, via 606

1930: Just a quick run through the team news for anyone who may have missed out.

Scotland have Chris Paterson on the wing and Gavin Kerr replaces the injured Allan Jacobsen at prop.

Other changes in the pack see Ross Ford and Jim Hamilton replace Scott Lawson and Scott Murray at hooker and lock respectively.

Romania, who were far from disgraced as they went down 24-18 to Italy in their opening Pool C match, are unchanged.

Pre-match: Last time I checked Edinburgh wasn't in France, but such are the vaguaries of international sporting politics that two of Scotland's pool games are being played at Murrayfield rather than in France.

Just so the Scots can't be accused of having home advantage, however, Romania won the toss to be the nominal home team for the game, getting the home dressing room and the right to choose shirt colours. They have chosen blue, so Scotland will wear their unfamiliar white second strip. First psychological blow landed by Romania?

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