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Wednesday, 19 September, 2001, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Clockwatch: Wales 81-9 Romania
Wales overcome a sluggish start to pile on the misery for Romania and put themselves in good heart for the delayed Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Scroll down for earlier action.


Full-time: Wales 81-9 Romania


80 mins: With Welsh confidence high, another slick handling move finds Barry Williams on the burst for his second try. Jones converts to end the match.
Wales 81-9 Romania

79 mins: Dafydd James claims his hat-trick as he runs hard at the middle of a ragged defensive line to go under the posts. Jones converts.
Wales 74-9 Romania

77 mins: Craig Quinnell is shoved over the line by his pack as Romania tire in the last quarter. Jones adds the two points.
Wales 67-9 Romania

74 mins: Romania work a good backs move and Ghiol comes into the line off his left wing, only to drop the ball with the line at his mercy.

72 mins: Romania have a chance of a try from a short lineout but the Welsh tackling is ferocious. Unfortunately the referee has spotted an infringement and awards a penalty.

69 mins: Howley offered a well-deserved rest and goes off to be replaced by Dwayne Peel. Andy Moore, who has dominated at restarts and lineouts, is replaced by Craig Quinnell.

68 mins: Rob Howley releases the ball to Barry Williams who puts his head down and barges through four tacklers to announce his arrival back in the Wales fold. Jones converts.
Wales 60-9 Romania

62 mins: Charvis completes his hat-trick after Howley drifts wide from a scrum and pops the ball back inside for his backrow. Charvis hands off one tackler and canters under the posts. Jones converts.
Wales 53-9 Romania

58 mins: Demci relieves the pressure on Romania as the hooker bursts through a ruck and gallops 20 metres. The move breaks down with a knock-on and the pause allows Wales to put Barry Williams on at hooker in place of Robin McBryde.

52 mins: Dafydd James shows great strength to hold off his tackler and squeeze in at the left corner flag. Jones misses his first kick of the evening.
Wales 46-9 Romania

50 mins: Brett Sinkinson, having completed his residency period after the 'Grannygate' saga, returns to a Wales shirt as a replacement for Geraint Lewis.

46 mins: Wales click at last and break out from their own 22 with Geraint Lewis. A magnificent handling move develops that sees forwards and backs interchanging and finding the man in support. Romania run out of tacklers and Morgan's inside pass allows Allan Bateman in for a try. Jones converts.
Wales 41-9 Romania

44 mins: Romania come up too flat on Stephen Jones and his off-load finds Charvis bursting through a gap, handing off his opposite number Bejan and scoring his second try. Jones hits another conversion.
Wales 34-9 Romania

42 mins: Second half continues in similar fashion, with Wales having all the possession only for a mixture of sloppy handling and good Romanian defence to deny them any momentum.


Half-time: Wales 27-9 Romania


40 mins: Romania are forced to stop another Wales rolling maul illegally. Jones thinks about kicking for touch but there's only enough time for a pot at goal which he converts.
Wales 27-9 Romania

37 mins: Wales waste a good position but win posession back and sweep the ball from left to right. Geraint Lewis and Colin Charvis are lurking in the backs and Charvis shows them how to hit the ball at pace from depth as he takes Lewis' pop pass for a try. Jones converts.
Wales 24-9 Romania

32 mins: Frantic passage of play eventually leads to Morgan charging down the right wing. He chips ahead but is taken out late. Wales opt for the five-metre lineout but Romania are again impressive in defence.

29 mins: Wales regather from the restart and win the scrum. Charvis picks up from the base and Wales begin a rolling maul that rumbles 20 metres before Geraint Lewis flops over the try line. Jones converts.
Wales 17-9 Romania

28 mins: Tofan gets another penalty chance and makes no mistake to bring Romania within a point.
Wales 10-9 Romania

25 mins: Rob Howley works the blindside, creating space on the openside. Gareth Thomas bursts through two tackles in midfield and finds Dafydd James on his shoulder for a try. Jones converts.
Wales 10-6 Romania

23 mins: Henson limps off with a hip injury to be replaced by Rhys Williams. Williams move to wing, Gareth Thomas to inside centre and Stephen Jones to fly-half.

22 mins: Another handling error in the Wales midfield leads to another kickable penalty for Romania, which Tofan converts.
Wales 3-6 Romania

19 mins: Gathering from the kick-off, Henson misjudges his pass to Bateman, who also makes a mess of the attempted catch and Wales give a penalty away that Tofan slots to level the scores.
Wales 3-3 Romania

17 mins: Stephen Jones gets the first points of the game with a superb penalty from 53m out in front of the posts.
Wales 3-0 Romania

12 mins: The Wales pack gets the shove on at a five-metre scrum. Colin Charvis has a chance to gather the loose ball and open the scoring but Romanian scrum-half Sirby does well to snuff out the danger.

7 mins: Romanian flanker Iacob looks to have broken clear for a try under the posts but he's called back for a knock-on.

6 mins: Tofan limps off after coming off badly attempting to tackle opposite fly-half Gavin Henson but he returns after being patched up.

5 mins: Gareth Thomas sets alarm bells ringing in the Romanian defence from a scissors move with Allan Bateman but the tackling is good.

3 mins: Wales produce a nice flowing backs move from depth that almost sends fullback Kevin Morgan away down the left wing.

1 min: Romania win their lineout on the Welsh 22 and Tofan fires a snap drop goal at the posts that drifts just wide.

Kick-off: Chris Wyatt fields Tofan's kick-off safely but Rob Howley puts the ball out on the full.


Teams:

Wales: Kevin Morgan (Swansea); Gareth Thomas (Bridgend), Allan Bateman (Neath), Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Dafydd James (Bridgend); Gavin Henson (Swansea), Rob Howley (Cardiff); Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), David Young (Cardiff, capt), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Andrew Moore (Swansea), Colin Charvis (Swansea), Geraint Lewis (Swansea), Gavin Thomas (Bath).
Replacements: Barry Williams (Neath), Chris Anthony (Newport), Craig Quinnell (Cardiff), Brett Sinkinson (Neath), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli), Adrian Durston (Bridgend), Rhys Williams (Cardiff).

Romania: G Brezoianu (Bordeaux-Begles); I Teodorescu (Cluj University), N Oprea (Dinamo Bucuresti), C Lupu (Dinamo Bucuresti), V Ghiol (Dinamo Bucuresti); I Tofan (Steau Bucuresti), L Sirby (Steau Bucuresti); D Dima (Castres), S Demci (Dinamo Bucuresti), M Socaciu (Rovigo), M Dragomir (Dinamo Bucuresti), V Nedelcu (Dinamo Bucuresti), M Bejan (Rulmentul Birlad), D Iacob (Farul Constanta), A Petrache (Dinamo Bucuresti, capt).

Referee: Alan Rowlands (Ireland).


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