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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 08:11 GMT
Clockwatch: Namibia 7-37 Romania

All the action from the Pool A match in Launceston.


80 mins: Namibia cough up possession as they look to launch one final attack and referee Marshall blows for full-time. The Africans, who have conceded 310 points in the tournament, lose the match but win the second half.

79 mins: Romania give it one final push and celebratory folk music is playing over the loud speakers. It will not be music to Waterston's ears. Substitute Cristian Sauan finishes off a good passage of play by stretching over in the tackle. Tofan misses from the touchline.
Namibia 7-37 Romania

76 mins: Namibia coach Dave Waterston has made mention of finding solace in a bottle of scotch after some of the hammerings his team have taken at the World Cup. If they can hold Romania at bay to a scoreless second half for the final few minutes, he may be opening the Johnnie Walker in celebration.

71 mins: History is made. Van Vuuren comes on to become the first man to play in both a Cricket and Rugby World Cup.

68 mins: Neither team get get their hands on any sustained possession, repeatedly coughing it up to the opposition.

63 mins: Romania look to be resting on their laurels. Van der Merwe makes a rampaging run forward, but two loose passes deny Namibia gilt-edged chances to score another try.

59 mins: Instead of physios, there is now a raft of substitutes coming and going - but still no sign of Van Vuuren.

56 mins: Finally the crowd have something to cheer and they roar their appreciation at a Namibian try. Eben Isaacs barges over from close quarters, the big lock unfurling a huge arm to touch down over the line. Emile Wessels adds the conversion.
Namibia 7-32 Romania

52 mins: Players are dropping like flies with Romania's Valentin Maftei now down. At least all the physios running on and off the pitch is providing some action, because the players aren't. The match has plumbed the depths.

50 mins: A catalogue of errors litter the game, all played out with Namibia's Wolfie Duvenhage and Neil Swanepoel lying prone on the ground. When referee Marshall finally stops play, Swanepoel is stretchered from the field.

47 mins: Ronaldo Pedro stakes his claim to the best Namibian clanger of the night. A high ball bounces off the full-back's shoulder and in attempting to get the rebound he gets in a tangle and trips over his own leg. Luckily for him Romania knock-on as they pounce on the mistake.

46 mins: It is all Romania but as yet they cannot get the final pass to hand. It has all got quite scrappy.

1005 GMT: The teams are back out and the crowd will be hoping Namibia can lift their game. If not it will be another 40 minutes of one-way traffic.


40 mins: Quick hands and right-wing Ioan Teodorescu goes over in the corner for the bonus-point try. Tofan, from the touchline, misses his first kick of the night with the conversion attempt before the teams go off for the break.
Namibia 0-32 Romania

35 mins: Having initially been repelled, Namibia are back on the Romanian line. Again they are pushed back having lost their own line-out ball.

32 mins: Namibia make a rare foray deep into Romanian territory.

29 mins: The Namibian's are all over the place and Romania cross again. Flanker George Chiriac charges over from a short pop pass. Tofan's effort is as straight as ever.
Namibia 0-27 Romania

26 mins: It's third time lucky. A quick tap penalty and Sirbu goes over with the Namibian defence asleep. Tofan's on target again.
Namibia 0-20 Romania

25 mins: Number eight Sorin Socol breaks off the base of the five metre scrum, but he is also held up.

24 mins: Romania are denied at the death again. A break down the blind-side looks certain to result in another try but Lucian Sirbu is held up after a tremendous tackle from Schalk van der Merwe.

22 mins: Romania steal loose line-out ball on their own 10m line and are back on the attack. Some lax errors are the only thing stopping them from adding another try.

19 mins: The Europeans are playing with confidence and running from all over the park.

16 mins: Romania are over the try-line again but the driven forward effort is held up. Despite missing out on five points, referee Peter Marshall was playing advantage for off-side and Tofan slots the three.
Namibia 0-13 Romania

15 mins: If it's your birthday today you had better join the masses at York Park and start backing Namibia. In the best Lord Kitchener style - they need your support. The Africans are struggling to maintain any possession.

13 mins: Tofan takes a late hit and steps up to punish the Namibians by slotting the penalty.
Namibia 0-10 Romania

10 mins: An all-action game has got the crowd on the edge of their seats. The marketing men have asked locals with an even-numbered birthday to support Namibia and those with an odd-numbered one to get behind the Romanians.

6 mins: It is end-to-end stuff and Romania clear their lines with some desperate defence.

4 mins: Romania have men over and Augustin Petrichei crosses in the corner. The lock goes over in the tackle, and, after consultation with the video referee, the try is awarded. Ionut Tofan adds the extras from the touchline.
Namibia 0-7 Romania

0907 GMT: The match is up and running with Romania immediately hitting their stride.

0902 GMT: The players line-up for the national anthems.

A swamp, a rubbish tip and now a sporting venue
0900 GMT: The players come out onto the vast playing surface for the first international rugby match to be played in Tasmania.

Credibility and pride are at stake at York Park, Launceston, as the minnows of Pool A go all out for a rare win.

Romania coach Bernard Charreyre believes his team must win the match in order to regain some pride after humiliating defeats in their three previous matches.

Namibia are in a similar situation, coming into the match without a victory and with their 142-0 drubbing against Australia still fresh in the memory.

Namibian fly-half Rudi Van Vuuren will become the first man to play in the Cricket and Rugby World Cups if he makes it off the bench.


Romania: D Dumbrava; I Teodorescu, V Maftei, R Gontineac (capt), G Brezoianu; I Tofan, L Sirbu; S Socol, O Tonita, G Chiriac, C Petre, A Petrichei, M Socaciu, R Mavrodin, P Balan.
Replacements: C Popescu, P Todersac, S Florea, M Tudori, I Andrei, C Sauan, M Vioreanu

Namibia: R Pedro; D Mouton, D Grobler, E Wessels, V Dreyer; M Schreuder, N Swanepoel; K Lensing, J Meyer, N Du Toit; H Senekal, E Isaacs; S Van Der Merwe, W Duvenhage, S Furter (capt).
Replacements: C Van Tonder, A Blaauw, H Lintvelt, J Van Lill, R Van Vuuren, D Grunschloss, C Powell.





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