Rugby: Romania 17 Samoa 13 in test match in Bucharest

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Romania’s rugby team defeated Samoa on Saturday 17-13 (3-10) in a test match at the ‘Arch of Triumph’ stadium in Bucharest.

It was the second encounter of the two teams, after the one in 1989, when Romania won 32-24.

Next week Romania will face Tonga and a victory could lift the national team up to the 13th position in the world rankings, up from the current 15th position.

Attendance: 6,000.

Teams:

Romania: 1. Mihaiță Lazăr (Castres), 2. Andrei Rădoi (Timișoara Saracens), 3. Andrei Ursache (Carcassonne), 4. Johann Van Heerden (CSM Știința Baia Mare), 5. Marius Antonescu (Colomiers), 6. Andrei Gorcioaia (Massy), 7. Mihai Macovei (captain; Colomiers), 8. Stelian Burcea (CSM București), 9.Florin Surugiu (CSA Steaua), 10. Florin Vlaicu (CSA Steaua), 11. Ionuț Dumitru (CSA Steaua), 12. Sione Fakaosilea (CSM Știința Baia Mare), 13. Paula Kinikinilau (CSM București), 14. Fonovai Tangimana (Timișoara Saracens), 15. Marius Simionescu (Timișoara Saracens).

Samoa: 1. Jordan Lay (Steamers), 2. Motu Matu’u (Gloucester), 3. Donald Brighouse (Otago), 4. Faatiga Lemalu (Saracens), 5. Chris Vui (captain; Bristol), 6. Piula Faasalele (Toulouse), 7. Jack Lam (Bristol), 8. Ofisa Treviranus (London Irish), 9. Dwayne Polataivao (Northcote), 10. Tim Nanai Williams (Chiefs), 11. David Lemi (Bristol), 12. Reynold Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues), 13. Kieron Fonotia (Ospreys), 14. Paul Perez (VC) (Toulouse), 15. AhSee Tuala (Northampton).

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