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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 18:11 GMT
Scotland overrun Romania
Chris Paterson scores Scotland's second try
Chris Paterson scores Scotland's second try
Scotland 37-10 Romania

Scotland began their autumn Test series with a comfortable if unspectacular victory over Romania, scoring five tries in the process.

The Scots never looked in any danger against the improved Romanians but the home side's attacks collapsed too often as the result of scrappy passing and handling.

Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives for Scotland coach Ian McGeechan ahead of the visit of South Africa.

Scotland had two incredible let-offs in the first minute as Ionut Tofan missed a drop-goal attempt, only for Scotland to be penalised for offside.

Tofan had a relatively simple chance in front of the posts from 30 metres, but the stand-off kicked it wide.

  Murrayfield scoreboard
Scotland: Tries: Grimes, Paterson, M Leslie, Pountney, Moffat
Cons: Laney 3
Pens: Laney 2
Romania: Tries: Tofan
Cons: Tofan
Pens: Tofan

Scotland replied by opening the scoring in the fourth minute, lock Stuart Grimes being driven over the line in the ruck.

Brendan Laney successfully kicked the conversion from a tough angle.

Romania opened their account with a Tofan penalty after Scotland were penalised for failing to retreat quickly enough.

Laney restored the seven-point lead a few minutes later with a penalty under the posts.

He added to his and Scotland's total with another well-taken penalty after 24 minutes as the Scots continued to dominate possession.

Scotland had a let-off in 28 minutes after Bryan Redpath was robbed of possession, but the break of the ball deserted the Romanians just short of the line.

Romania were defending well, although they were also disrupting the Scottish play with a series of infringements, but the referee kept his yellow card in his pocket.

Chris Paterson put further daylight between the sides with an excellent try following good, quick passing between Redpath, Laney and Andy Craig with three minutes left in the half.

Skipper Bryan Redpath is halted
Skipper Bryan Redpath is halted
Laney slotted the conversion in expert fashion.

Within three minutes of the restart, the Scots were further ahead, Martin Leslie crossing the line after concerted pressure on the Romanian line.

Scotland were virtually camped in the Romanian 22 by now and Budge Pountney was next to capitalise on good rucking, diving over after 15 minutes of the second half. Laney converted again.

Scotland were given something of a wake-up call a few minutes later, though, when the Romanians scored their first try.

Tofan picked up expertly from Cristian Petre to dive across the line before slotting the conversion.

The match was littered with substitutions as the second half wore on, breaking up the rhythm of the game, although the Scots retained control.

But with a couple of minutes remaining, debutant Stuart Moffat got his first international try, crossing the line in the corner after Laney's pass.


Teams

Scotland: Stuart Moffat; Nicky Walker, Andy Craig, Brendan Laney, Chris Paterson; Gordon Ross, Bryan Redpath (capt); Tom Smith, Gordon Bulloch, Bruce Douglas, Scott Murray, Stuart Grimes, Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor, Budge Pountney.
Replacements: Steve Scott, Matt Stewart, Nathan Hines, Jon Petrie, Graeme Beveridge, Gregor Townsend, Ben Hinshelwood.

Romania: Gabriel Brezoianu, Ioan Teodorescu, Valentin Maftei, Romeo Gontineac (capt), Vasile Ghioc, Ionut Tofan, Petre Mitu; Petru Balan, Marius Tincu, Dragos Dima, Augustin Petrichei, Cristian Petre, Florin Corodeanu, Alin Petrache, George Chiriac.
Replacements: Petrisor Toderasc, Silviu Florea, Stefan Dragnea, Ovidu Tonita or Marcel Socaciu, Lucian Sirbu, Marius Coltuneac, Cristian Podea.

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