Match Centre: Rugby World Cup Pool B: Scotland 84-0 Romania

Ollie Smith of Scotland evades Alexandru Savin of Romania during the Rugby World Cup game
Ollie Smith of Scotland evades Alexandru Savin of Romania during the Rugby World Cup game
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Scotland 84-0 Romania, Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Scotland have kept their hopes alive at the Rugby World Cup as they blanked out Romania 84-0 in their Pool B encounter at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The Dark Blues now will face Ireland in the final game of the tournament in a potential shootout considering South Africa are likely to beat Tonga in their final game of the stage. Romania continue to remain at bottom after losing their successive game.

Having dominated the early possession, Scotland kick-started the proceedings as Cameron Redpath offloaded to Hamish Watson for the opening try in the 9th minute and shortly Darcy Graham sent a pass to the right for Ali Price to touchdown. Ben Healy kicked both the conversions as Gregor Townsend's men raced to a 14-0 lead.

Graham continued to impress as he scored his side's third try going past Romania fullback Marius Simionescu to go over the line and Healy improved to extend the lead to 21-0. Around the half-hour mark, Romania lost Robert Irimescu to yellow card as his shoulder connected to the head of Healy.

With the numerical advantage on their side Healy and Chris Harris combined to send Graham over for his second try and Matt Fagerson followed the suit after running over from five metres. With Healy kicking both the conversions, the scoreline became 35-0 and soon Marius Simionescu was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle on Smith.

With the break approaching, Price sent a pass to the left allowing Graham to complete his hat-trick and Healy was once again spot on with the conversion as Townsend's men completed the opening half with a 42-0 lead.

Scotland continued their momentum into the second half as Healy sent a chip for Redpath to collect and he turn offloaded to Chris Harris as he crossed over and soon Ollie Smith also crossed the whitewash. Healy, who looked impressive kicked both the conversions and followed with a penalty try to make the scoreline 63-0.

As the final 10 minutes kicked-off, George Horne sent an inside pass for Johnny Matthews' try before he played a pivotal role in Rory Darge's try in the 77th minute and with Healy improving again, Scotland extended their lead to 77-0. Graham capped off a fantastic game for Scotland as he completed his fourth try in the closing stage as they completed a dominating victory.

Points Table: Pool B

Position Team Played Won Lost Points
1 Ireland 3 3 0 14
2 South Africa 3 2 1 10
3 Scotland 3 2 1 10
4 Tonga 2 0 2 0
5 Romania 3 0 3 0

What's Next:

Scotland will be facing Ireland in their final game of the group stage at Stade de France on 7th October while Romania will take on Tonga at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on 8th October.

Team line up:

Scotland: 15 Ollie Smith, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Luke Crosbie, 5 Grant Gilchrist (c), 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Javan Sebastian, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Jamie Bhatti

Reserves: 16 Johnny Matthews, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 WP Nel, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Rory Darge, 21 George Horne, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Huw Jones

Romania: 15 Marius Simionescu, 14 Sioeli Lama, 13 Jason Tomane, 12 Fonovai Tangimana, 11 Taliauli Sikuea, 10 Alin Conache, 9 Gabriel Rupanu, 8 Cristian Chirica (c), 7 Dragos Ser, 6 Florian Rosu, 5 Stefan Iancu, 4 Adrian Motoc, 3 Gheorghe Gajion, 2 Robert Irimescu, 1 Alexandru Savin

Reserves: 16 Florin Bardasu, 17 Iulian Hartig, 18 Costel Burtila, 19 Marius Iftimiciuc, 20 Damian Stratila, 21 Florin Surugiu, 22 Tudor Boldor, 23 Nicholas Onutu