6NB: Spain beat Romania in Round 3
Georgia had their predicable victory and stay top of the log while Russia were well in control against Germany whose 12 points late in the match may well have brought about a score which flattered them.
Georgia vs Belgium, 46-6
Russia vs Germany, 26-18
Spain vs Romania, 21-18
Georgia vs Romania, 18-9
Belgium vs Germany, 29-22
Spain vs Russia, 16-14
Romania vs Germany, 38-10
Russia vs Belgium, 64-7
Georgia vs Spain, 24-10
Belgium vs Georgia at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Just before half-time, Louis de Moffarts of Belgium kicked a penalty goal and he did the same early in the second half. Those were the only Belgian scores in the match while the powerful Georgians scored eight tries, converting just three of them.
The Lelos scored four tries in each half and led 22-3 at half-time.
Tries: Gogichashvili, Nemsadze, Tsutskiridze, Modebadze, Dzneladze, Tsutskiridze, Gigashvili, Tkhilaishvili
Cons: Matiashvili, Aptsiauri 2
Pens: Louis de Moffarts 2
Belgium: 15 Vincent Hart, 14 Thomas Wallraf, 13 Louis de Moffarts, 12 Ervin Muric, 11 Marc Tchangue, 10 Isaac Montoisy, 9 Tom Cocqu, 8 Corentin Lecloux, 7 Romain Honhon, 6 Gillian Benoy, 5 Maxime Ghion, 4 Bertrand Billi, 3 Romain Pinte, 2 Thomas Dienst (captain), 1 Bastien Gallaire
Replacements: 16 Martin Jessen, 17 Charlesty Berguet, 18 Tuur Moelants, 19 Guillaume Mortier, 20 Maxime Temmerman, 21 Emiel Vermote, 22 Sebastien Kairet, 23 Samuel Opsomer
Georgia: 15 Vano Karkadze , 14 Ioseb Matiashvili, 13 Mirian Modebadze, 12 Merab Sharikadze (captain), 11 Giorgi Kveseladze, 10 Zurabi Dzneladze, 9 Tedo Abzhandadze, 8 Giorgi Begadze, 7 Otari Giorgadze, 6 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 5 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze (captain), 3 Nodar Cheishvili, 3 Levan Chilachava, 1 Shalva Mamukashvili
Replacements: 16 Vano Karkadze, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Beka Gigashvili, 19 Shalva Sutiashvili, 20 Beka Saginadze, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Lasha Khmaladze, 23 Giorgi Aptsiauri
Referee: Ben Blain (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Mike Todd (Scotland), Alistair Watt (Scotland)
Germany vs Russia at Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg
Four tries to two, 12-6 at half-time with a better German performance in the second half.
In fact, Russia were never in danger of losing. They were leading 26-6 and attacking in the German 22 when a pass went astray and Zimbabwean Marcel Coetzee snatched it up and raced away to score on the right.
Germany’s second try was a mixture of skill and luck. Felix Lammers had an overlap on the left wing. Chipped when challenged and received two generous bounces to score near the posts.
Tries: Davydov, Gadzhiev, Matveev, Sychev
Cons: Kushnarev 2
Tries: Coetzee, Vito Lammers
Pens: Parkinson 2
Germany: 15 Harris Aounallah, 14 Nilkolai Klewinghaus, 13 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 12 Hagen Schulte, 11 Vito Lammers, 10 Raynor Parkinson, 9 Tim Menzel, 8 Sebastian Ferreira (captain), 7 Jacobus Otto, 6 Emil Rupf, 5 Jorn Schroder, 4 Eric Marks, 3 Sammy Fuchsel, 2 Dasch Barber, 1 Tobias Williams
Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Felix Martel, 18 Antony Dickinson, 19 Hassan Rayan, 20 Elias Haase, 21 Morné Laubscher, 22 Marcel Coetzee, 23 Eden Syme
Russia: 15 Vasily Artemyev (captain), 14 German Davydov, 13 Vladimir Ostroushko, 12 Dmitrii Gerasimov, 11 Mikhail Babaev, 10 Iurii Kushnarev, 9 Vasily Dorofeev, 8 Nikita Vavilin, 7 Tagir Gadzhiev, 6 Anton Sychev, 5 Andrei Garbuzov, 4 Bogdan Fedotko, 3 Azamat Bitiev, 2 Evgenii Matveev, 1 Andrei Polivalov
Replacements: 16 Stanislav Selskii, 17 Evgeny Mishechkin, 18 Innokentiy Zykov, 19 Alexander Ilin, 20 Kirill Golosnitskii, 21 Dmitrii Perov, 22 Vitaly Zhivatov, 23 Ser Ianiushkin
Referee: Ludovic Cayre (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Noirot (France), Nicolas Datas (France)
Spain vs Romania at Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid
It was a pleasant 16°C in Madrid when Spain played Romania, a match was expected to be close and was.
Romania had the stronger side, but the Spaniards were brave on defence and then made the best of their opportunities.
Romania scored first when veteran Florin Vlaicu goaled a penalty inside of the first two minutes of the match.
Five minutes later, from a lineout, prop Constantin Pristavita went on the burst. He was pulled down but Florin Surugiu fed Vlaicu who gave to Ionut Dumitru on the left wing and he raced over for a try which Vlaicu converted. Another penalty and the Oaks were looking comfortable at 13-0.
Then the Lions fought back. Prop Fernando López, Spain’s captain, charged down a kick by Vlaicu and, with a surprising turn of speed raced after it footing it ahead. Vlaicu managed to get to it just short of the line but López gathered and scored. New Zealander Brad Linklater converted. 13-7 after 30 minutes, the half-time score.
Five minutes into the second half, Sidcup-born lock Josh Peters, who had played for both England and Spain at Under-198 level, burst away down the middle of the field, heading for the Romanian posts. He was brought down but inside centre Álvar Gimeno with the scrum cap, broke and raced straight to the posts. The conversion gave Spain a 14-13 lead which they extended to 21-13 when after a long period of battering at the Romanian line, flank Lucas Guillame scored.
The Oaks threw everything at Spain but the Lions were brave till a long pass reached Vladut Zaharia and the burly right wing raced over for a try. 21-13 with 10 minutes to play.
Much of the last 10 minutes were played in midfield, till the final whistle brought an outburst of glee to all Spain.
Tries: López, Gimeno, Guillame
Cons: Linklater 3
Tries: Dumitru, Zaharia
Pens: Vlaicu 2
Spain 15 Bradley Linklater, 14 Julen Goia, 13 Richard Stewart, 12 Alvar Gimeno, 11 Jordi Jorba, 10 Lucas Rubio, 9 Facundo Munilla, 8 Pierre Barthere, 7 Lucas Guillame, 6 Manu Mora, 5 Joshua Peters, 4 Mickael De Marco,3 Xerom Civil, 2 Benat Auzqui,1 Fernando López (captain)
Replacements: 16 JeanBaptiste Custoja, 17 Quentin Garcia, 18 Victor Sanchez, 19 Oier Goia, 20 Kerman Aurrekoetxea, 21 Andrea Rabago, 22 Hugo Alonso, 23 Jon Zabala
Romania: 15 Marius Simionescu, 14 Vladut Zaharia, 13 Catalin Fercu, 12 Fonovai Tangimana, 11 Ionut Dumitru, 10 Florin Vlaicu, 9 Florin Surugiu, 8 Cristi Chirica, 7 Mihai Macovei (captain),6 Andre Gorin, 5 Marius Antonescu, 4 Johan van Heerden,3 Alexandru Tarus, 2 Eugen Capatana, 1 Constantin Pristavita
Replacements: 16 Ovidiu Cojocaru, 17 Iulian Hartig, 18 Alexandru Gordas, 19 Dorin Lazar, 20 Adrian Ion, 21 Tudorel Bratu, 22 Daniel Plai, 23 Nicolas Onutu
Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Mike Todd (Wales), Alistair Watt (Wales)