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Scots labour to Romanian victory

Scotland have struggled to an unconvincing World Cup Pool B win over Romania in Invercargill after Simon Danielli scored two late tries.

Mike Blair and Joe Ansbro scored first-half tries but victory was only secure when Danielli touched down after 75 and 78 minutes, the second securing a bonus point. Chris Paterson kicked 14 points.

Romania continually spoiled Scotland's attacking endeavour and their forward pack caused Andy Robinson's men no end of trouble.

Scotland started strongly and Danielli came in off his left wing before feeding Blair to go through and score after eight minutes. Paterson fluffed the conversion from in front of the posts as the ball toppled off the tee as he approached it.

Danielli spurned a golden opportunity before Ansbro cut through poor Romania defence after Max Evans' neat pass for a 21st-minute score which Paterson converted.

Romania sensed an upset - and a first win over Scotland in 20 years - with prop Mihaita Lazar touching down after 40 minutes following a rolling maul which was just reward for his team's forward effort.

And The Oaks went in front for the first time in the game after 68 minutes when number eight Daniel Carpo broke off a scrum to score.

But Scotland finally wore down their opponents and Danielli ran over for two tries.

Scotland have reached at least the quarter-finals in each of their previous six tournament appearances - they are likely to need to improve to keep that record intact after a stuttering display.

Wednesday's opposition Georgia - not to mention Pool B rivals Argentina and England - will be relishing taking on Scotland's pack, which was arguably at full strength at Rugby Park Stadium.


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