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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 October, 2003, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Wood happy with Irish start
Irish skipper Keith Wood was content with the opening victory

Keith Wood was a safisfied captain after Ireland opened their World Cup campaign with a 45-17 win over Romania although he confessed they had been a little rusty.

"The win was the most important thing and it was difficult out there," said Wood who scored the second of Ireland's five tries.

"The Romanians are strong and there was a gale which made things difficult.

"We were a tad rusty but we will take the win and we got the bonus point.

"I do not believe we will come up against teams in this tournament who are going to sit back.

Romania are a physical side and they bullied us
Brian O'Driscoll
"Romania certainly did not do that. Actually, that is the best I have seen them play.

"We went out to get the four tries and that bonus point but we had to get the win first of all.

"It was a fractious and loose game but I thought the backs were excellent."

Wood hobbled off with a leg injury on the hour but later reported he was suffering with no more than "a bit of a dead leg".

"It's nothing major and I'm sure I will be fine," he added.

Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll, who also endured some heavy hits, was also impressed with the Romanians.

I'm very happy with the result
Eddie O'Sullivan

"We knew it was going to be tough and it certainly was," said O'Driscoll.

"Romania are a physical side and they bullied us, forcing us on to the back foot for a lot of the game.

"We are glad to get the bonus point and have this game out of the way."

Irish coach Eddie O'Sullivan acknowledged that his team had "got busted a few times".

"We expected Romania to come at us today with everything bar the kitchen sink and they did just that for the whole 80 minutes," said the Irish coach.

"We weren't surprised by it, I think maybe everyone else was, but we prepared for this game knowing it would be like this and that's why I'm very happy with the result".



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