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Summary

  1. Pool D result: France 38-11 Romania
  2. France secure second win of World Cup
  3. Guitoune (2), Nyanga, Fofana and Fickou score tries
  4. Romania's Ursache goes over for late try
  5. 50,226 attendance at London's Olympic Stadium

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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France 38-11 Romania

And relax. Another delightful day of the Rugby World Cup ends, but we don't have to wait too long for the next match because New Zealand take on Namibia on Thursday at 20:00 BST. 

"If Japan are minnows, Namibia are plankton," writes Ben Dirs in his article which makes for perfect reading before Thursday's match. 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. See you again tomorrow. 

As it stands

France 38-11 Romania

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France 38-11 Romania

Go on then, I'll give you another stat before we shut this thing down for the night. 

Yannick Nyanga scored his first try for France since November 2012 ending a run of 16 games without a try, his longest spell without a try for Les Bleus.

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France 38-11 Romania

Talking of Sofiane Guitoune, the winger becomes the first player to score a brace for France since Teddy Thomas scored a hat-trick of tries against Fiji in November 2014.

It is also the first time France have won four games on the bounce since 2012.

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France 38-11 Romania

That was a decent match for the 50,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium. Romania offered more of a resistance than many would have predicted, while France scored a few great tries, with Sofiane Guitoune particularly impressing. 

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France 38-11 Romania

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France 38-11 Romania

Two wins from their opening two matches for France, but they'll know they haven't won the postcode lottery yet. 

Scrappy win for #FRA but with 13 changes five points in the bag I think they would be more than happy.

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France 38-11 Romania

Six tries is more than enough for one match, says Jaco Peyper as he toots his whistle to conclude the match. 

Try - Fickou

France 38-11 Romania

Wesley Fofana and Gael Fickou celebrate
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A honeyed platform from the line-out... Gael Fickou side-steps and is free to touch down unchallenged. Rory Kockott converts from in front of the posts. 

Kicking accuracy

France 31-11 Romania

Rory Kockott was left with a much simpler conversion than team-mate Morgan Parra, whose three attempts all came from the right touchline. But the result was exactly the same - two extra points.

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Try - Ursache; Vlaicu missed con

France 31-11 Romania

Andrei Ursache scores
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Romania with a line-out within touching distance of the France tryline... quick possession... a canny short line-out, France have no-one in defence and Andrei Ursache, with the help of his team-mates, dives over. Florin Vlaicu misses the conversion. The Romanians celebrate as if they've won the World Cup. Lynn Howells is cock-a-hoop on the sidelines. 

France 31-6 Romania

We're into the final 10 minutes and this result will be just as the bookies' would've predicted, though Romania have been gutsy - bossing the breakdown on occasions, frightening France in the scrum sometimes. The scoreline suggests it was easy, but Les Bleus have been in a battle. 

Converted try - Fofana; Kockott conv

France 31-6 Romania

Wesley Fofana
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An inside pass from Brice Dulin sets Wesley Fofana into motion... a shuffle of the hips from the centre as he evades one tackle, then another, Romanians still coming at him as he crosses the tryline but the Frenchman grounds the ball. Rory Kockott knocks over a straightforward conversion. 

Converted try - Guitoune; Parra conv

France 24-6 Romania

Sofiane Guitoune scores a second try
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The pink-booted Sofiane Guitoune bursts through two tackles, reaches for the tryline as two other Romanian defenders belatedly attempt to thwart him. The referee asks for a second opinion. Was there a double or even triple movement? It's all A-OK. Morgan Parra successful with another tricky conversion. There's no way back for Romania from here. 

France 17-6 Romania

Morgan Parra patiently waiting to be allowed to put in at the scrum, neither front-row able to engage within the rules of the law. Eventually, the forwards crack the code and Parra combines with Damien Chouly, earning his team some acres... the Romanian 22 in sight. 

France 17-6 Romania

Romania have competed well at the breakdown, which is why France have struggled to cut themselves loose from Lynn Howells' men. Both teams have made the equal number of carries, too - 69 each. 

France currently attacking... Romania defending in numbers...

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France 17-6 Romania

Back-rower Valentin Ursache charging through the midfield, flattening Damien Chouly, the French 22 in his eyeline, but France are at the breakdown quickly and Bernard Le Roux nicks possession, consequently killing another Romanian attack. 

France 17-6 Romania

After exerting so much energy in engineering themselves into a fine attacking position, France lose the ball 5m from the Romanian line. Accidental crossing, says the referee, as the forwards attempted to start a maul from the line-out. Sacre bleu. 

France 17-6 Romania

France promising to burst into Technicolour as they surge into the Romanian 22... "Allez les Bleus," chant the French faithful... The forwards punching holes, Morgan Parra directing play. Nicolas Mas with the finesse of a sledgehammer gaining metres... Romania caught offside. France opt for the line-out. 

France 17-6 Romania

A scrum
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France's fans sing La Marseillaise as both packs prepare to scrum down. Nothing much to talk about at the moment. It's all a little scrappy...Romania lose line-out ball... an aerial ping-pong exchange...

Making metres

France 17-6 Romania

France on the front foot here, too. Morgan Parra with a kick over the Romanian defence and Gael Fickou is blocked from getting anywhere near the tryline by Ionut Botezatu. Nothing illegal about that, apparently, so on we go. 

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France 17-6 Romania

A line-out
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It's so quiet inside the Olympic Stadium that you can hear hooker Otar Turashvili bellow the line calls to his team-mates. Supporters of both teams needing invention or trickery to spark them into a rousing chorus. 

France 17-6 Romania

Lynn Howells, the former Pontypridd and Cardiff coach, sits back in his chair, muttering something or other, frustrated at watching his team give up possession. 

France, in the Romanian half, edging closer to their 22... But Gael Fickou, drifting across field, is knocked down, he had no-one in support, and the ball slips out of his grasp and onto the turn. Danger averted for The Oaks. 

France 17-6 Romania

Romania wanting to go through the phases... the crowd's groan says it all, however, as Johann Van Heerden drops the ball while looking to avoid a collision. The lock slaps the turf. He knows his team were building momentum. 

France 17-6 Romania

Romania have won a put-in at the scrum, about 35m from the France tryline, and we know what happened in the scrum early on in the first half. The men in blue attempting to turn the scrum, but a wobbling Romania pack get the ball back and The Oaks go hunting for the French 22. 

Kick-off

France 17-6 Romania

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Ready to go again? No? Tough luck because it's go, go, go for the second half. 

Half-time

France 17-6 Romania

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has gone all Basil Fawlty in the changing room, he's standing up and gesticulating wildly to his players. The Frenchman not satisfied with the 11-point half-time lead. 

Half-time stats

France 17-6 Romania

We know you've been wondering about first-half possession and territory so here are how things stood in the first half: 

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France 17-6 Romania

Romania have been kings of the turnover so far... We doff our caps to you, Mr Lazar. 

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France 17-6 Romania

There's only so much excitement referee Jaco Peyper can take. He brings the half to an end and off trot the players. 

Penalty - Vlaicu

France 17-6 Romania

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Gael Fickou gang-tackled by Paula Kinikinilau and Florin Vlaicu and the French centre's refusal to surrender possession on the floor gives Vlaicu another chance to aim at the posts. 

The Romania centre kicking with a sniper's calm. Three more points to the Oaks and Paulica Ion is back on the pitch, too!

France 17-3 Romania

Catalin Fercu is tackled by Sofiane Guitoune
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There's about five minutes until half-time and the score has leaped from 3-3 to 17-3 in a blink of an eye. The sin-binning of Paulica Ion costly for the Oakes. Romania still willing to dare where other teams might call for caution, but France's defence is refusing to fold. 

Converted try - Nyanga; Parra conv

France 17-3 Romania

Yannick Nyanga
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The side-stepping Brice Dulin was the architect, joining the attack from full-back. The French build momentum... a delightful floating pass from Morgan Parra to Alexandre Flanquart, who releases  Yannick Nyanga on the right wing. Parra with another superb touchline conversion. 

Converted try - Guitoune; Parra conv

France 10-3 Romania

Sofiane Guitoune scores a try
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He's wearing pink boots, but that's OK because he has the speed of a panther and the strength of a bear. Sofiane Guitoune superbly dives over near the right touchline, keeping his feet in play and grounding the ball with one hand despite Catalin Fercu on his back. 

Morgan Parra's conversion swishes and sways but in between the uprights it sails. 

Sin-bin - Paulica Ion

A French maul
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The only way Romania can stop a French maul from a line-out 5m from the Romanian line is to do so illegally. The referee spots it and tight-head Paulica Ion must leave the field for 10 minutes. 

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France 3-3 Romania

Sweat dripping down the noses of the Romanian front-row, they've already put a shift in, but gravity pulls them down and the Romanians have lost the put-in and France can now sniff a chance to attack... 

Missed penalty

France 3-3 Romania

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Florin Vlaicu opts for power rather than accuracy and the crowd grumble and groan as they watch his effort balloon wide. It wasn't an easy chance - about 35m out -  but the Halfpennys and Carters of this world would've nailed it with ease. 

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There's being optimistic and there's thinking fish will learn to climb trees. Danut Dumbrava  going for an ambitious drop-goal from the halfway line, but it isn't a wasted opportunity as Romania have won a penalty. Five turnovers won by the men in yellow so far in this match. France? Zero. None. 

France 3-3 Romania

The committed Romanians are competing very well with their French opponents. Don't believe me? Look down below at our snazzy graphic for proof. France are just shading possession and territory, but there's hardly a cigarette paper between the two sides after the opening quarter.

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