Tincu: Georgia giants too much
September 28, 2011
Romania reflect on a disappointing final display in the RWC © Getty Images
Romania captain Marius Tincu conceded that his side failed to deal with Georgia's superior physicality during the Pool B basement battle in Palmerston North on Wednesday.
Georgia led 12-6 at half time and went on to record a 25-9 victory over their Eastern European rivals after Mamuka Gorgodze's second-half try. Romania's early edge in the scrum disappeared as the game went on and, led by the bullying Gorgodze, Georgia were always the more forceful at the breakdown.
While Georgia have a final clash with Argentina ahead of them, Romania's World Cup is over after finishing bottom of the pool. And Tincu admitted they were outplayed in their final appearance of this World Cup.
"The better team won," said Tincu. "We were subjected to a lot of contact. They really brought the game to us."
Although Georgia picked up their first victory of the tournament, following previous defeats to Scotland and England, coach Richie Dixon was disappointed by the overall standard of the rugby between two sides who regularly meet in the Six Nations B competition.
"Sadly the two teams know each other so well they almost forgot to play tonight," he said. "I was concerned that the match was going to develop into a bun fight and in the first half it almost did."
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