The 2023 Rugby World Cup has posed significant challenges for both Tonga (0-0-3, zero points) and Romania (0-0-3, zero points) in Pool B. Neither team has secured a victory in their first three matches, resulting in their elimination from advancing to the next round and automatic qualification for the 2027 Rugby World Cup. In their final match, both Tonga and Romania have the opportunity to secure a win and avoid finishing at the bottom of the pool. They aim to prevent joining the two countries that ended pool play with a 0-0-4 record and zero points, a fate both Tonga and Romania hope to evade today.
Tonga vs Romania Match Details
Matchup: Tonga vs Romania
WORLD RANKING: Tonga (15th), Romania (19th)
Time: Sunday, 8 October 2023, 17:45 Local Time, 11:45 AM ET
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
TONGA Salesi Piutau; Solomone Kata, George Moala, Pita Ahki, Afusipa Taumoepeau; William Havili, Sonatane Takulua (captain); Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Paula Ngauamo, Ben Tameifuna; Halaleva Fifita, Adam Coleman; Semisi Paea, Sione Talitui, Sione Vailanu
Replacements: Sione Anga’aelangi, Paula Latu, Siate Tokolahi, Sitiveni Mafi, Penitoa Finau, Manusiu Paea, Patrick Pellegrini, Kyren Taumoefolau
ROMANIA Marius Simionescu; Nicholas Onutu, Tevita Manumua, Fonovai Tangimana, Taliauli Sikuea; Alin Conache, Florin Surugiu; Alexandru Savin, Ovidiu Cojocaru (captain), Alexandru Gordas; Adrian Motoc, Marius Iftimiciuc; Vlad Neculau, Cristi Boboc, Andre Gorin
Replacements: Robert Irimescu, Iulian Hartig, Costel Burtila, Florian Rosu, Damian Stratila, Gabriel Rupanu, Alexandru Bucur, Mihai Graure
Ireland (4-0-0, 19 points) emerged victorious in pool play and secured a spot in the knockout stage along with South Africa (3-0-1, 15 points). Unfortunately, Scotland (2-0-2, 10 points) joins Tonga and Romania as countries eliminated from the tournament.
Tonga faced significant challenges competing against the high-quality teams in Pool B during pool play. They suffered defeats to Ireland (59-16), Scotland (45-17), and South Africa (49-18), resulting in a daunting -102 point differential.
Romania had an even tougher time, with the worst point differential this year at -234. They experienced heavy losses to Ireland (82-8), South Africa (76-0), and Scotland (84-0), making them statistically the last-placed team overall unless they can manage a minor upset with a win or draw in their final match.
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