Scotland take on Romania looking to set up a tilt at a quarter-final spot in their final Rugby World Cup pool game against Ireland.
Gregor Townsend’s side currently sit third in Pool B on five points, and the expectation will be to take a bonus point victory against a Romanian side in real strife.
The Oaks are currently bottom of Pool B on zero points following an 82-8 loss to Ireland and a 76-0 thrashing by South Africa, and have a lost another couple of key players ahead of their third game.
With points difference potentially crucial in a three-way fight for a last eight spot, Scotland will be seeking a significant win of their own.
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41’ – Scotland 42-0 Romania
The second half is underway and it begins with a knock-on from Fagerson.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 21:07
HALF-TIME: Scotland 42-0 Romania
Those tries put Darcy Graham on fourth on Scotland’s list of all-time top try scorers, with 23 tries in 38 caps.
Former full-back Stuart Hogg, who retired earlier this year, currently holds the record, with 27 in his 100 caps.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 21:03
HALF-TIME: Scotland 42-0 Romania
Romania weren’t as poor as the scoreline suggests, but those yellow cards were really telling in the last few minutes of that half.
Some poor tackles at the end, and they paid the price.
Scotland, on the other hand, are flying here. Graham has been the pick of the bunch, but Ashman and Bhatti have seemingly been everywhere and Price, Harris and Healy have done some terrific work.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:57
39’ – TRY! Scotland 42-0 Romania
Darcy Graham has a first-half hat-trick!
Chris Harris breaks the gain-line with a nice hand-off, and then ships it to Ali Price, who was supporting well. He quickly offloads to Graham, who has acres of space as he goes over.
Another Healy conversion and we go into half-time at 42-0.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:50
38’ – TRY! Scotland 35-0 Romania
Scotland continue to work it well across the field, and Smith is on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Simionescu near the line.
It’s shipped to Matt Fagerson, who goes over unchallenged. Healy converts easily.
Simionescu’s challenge is reviewed by TMO, and he’s yellow carded. It was clearly high.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:48
34’ – TRY! Scotland 28-0 Romania
Darcy Graham with another try, and Scotland have the bonus point!
Scotland move it well from one side of the pitch to another, with great play from Harris who holds his position well before allowing Graham to go over in the corner.
Healy slots the conversion, before we’re told that the first Romanian yellow will remain a yellow.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:43
32’ – Scotland 21-0 Romania
Ashman attempted to drive out from the back of the maul but knocks on just before the line!
A substitution follows for Romania, with Bardasu on for Rupanu.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:39
31’ – Scotland 21-0 Romania
Scotland claim a try but TMO say there’s no clear grounding. On replay, it’s definitely grounded short, but the referee wants to look at a previous maul. Barnes awards a yellow to Rosu for coming in at the side.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:36
30’ – Scotland 21-0 Romania
There’s a TMO review for a challenge from Irimescu, and he’s given a yellow card. The shoulder definitely hit the head there, and it’ll be reviewed.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:33
28’ – Scotland 21-0 Romania
Another maul sees Ashman break the gain-line, and the ball is worked through the midfield before Smith looks like he’s in for a certain try, but he fails to catch it.
Chris Wilson30 September 2023 20:29