Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Canada vs Romania, Rugby World Cup 1991

Argentina is not the only country from the Americas to have reached the knock-out stages of a Rugby World Cup. In 1991, Canada finished second behind France in Pool D which saw the North Americans advance to the Quarter Finals where they faced the All Blacks in Lille. Canada performed very well, taking it the All Blacks in going down 29-13. The teams performances in Pool D were very impressive. The sides first match was against Fiji in Bayonne and it saw Canada win a low scoring match 13-3 with Scott Stewart scoring the games only try. Four days latter, Canada took on Romania in Toulouse. Both teams scored two tries each but Canada completed a 19-11 win thanks to a drop goal from Gareth Rees and three successful kicks at goal from Mark Wyatt. This set up a clash vs France with the winner going on to face England in the Quarter Finals and the loser facing New Zealand. France went on to win 19-13 as Canada pushed the French close.

The clash vs Romania proved to be the defining match of the group as Canada and Romania  north defeated Fiji but lost to Canada. The North American triumph, to this day, is the most significant in the history of Canadian rugby.

Canada - Romania Rugby World Cup 1991 por francho1976

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