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Summary

  1. Result: Canada 15-17 Romania
  2. Romania recover from 15-0 behind after 52mins
  3. Canada's Van Der Merwe scores his fourth try
  4. Get Involved via #bbcrugby

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Full-time

Canada 15-17 Romania

Romania played one of the oldest tricks in the sporting book - the rope-a-dope. Canada pounded the Romanian line in the opening half an hour, dominating possession and territory as the graphic below shows...

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But the Romanians survived that early pummelling, climbing back off the ropes to fight back and even up both possession and territory after 80 minutes.

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Morecambe and Wise, Bert and Ernie, Shearer and Sheringham. Great double acts and Canada v Romania is only the first half of your World Cup two-hander tonight.

Will Fiji v Uruguay be the straight man to this quirky game? Find out in a little over half an hour on these very pages.

Bye for now.

Canada 15-17 Romania

Bittersweet feeling as @Jeff_Hassler is awarded the Man of the Match. Congrats, Hass. #REDNATION #CANvROM #RWC2015

Bittersweet feeling as @Jeff_Hassler is awarded the Man of the Match. Congrats, Hass. #REDNATION #CANvROM #RWC2015

Can Romania snatch third?

Canada 15-17 Romania

Italy will be a different proposition to Canada, but Romania have given themselves a chance of nabbing third place in Pool D. As we know, Ireland and France have already seized the two quarter-final spots.

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Full-time

Canada 15-17 Romania

Canada loaded their side of the scoreboard, but did not do enough to outweigh Romania's comeback.

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History makers

Canada 15-17 Romania

Romania's victory is officially the biggest comeback in Rugby World Cup history, having been 15-0 down at one stage.

Romania could pip Italy to third spot and an automatic spot at Japan 2019 if they beat the Azzurri on Sunday at Sandy Park.

This result suddenly gives them everything to play for in that one. Although Italy might not be so easily pushed around in the pack.

It's the biggest comeback in #RWC history! #ROM beat #CAN after trailing 15-0 in the second-half 👏👏 👏 #CANvROM

It's the biggest comeback in #RWC history! #ROM beat #CAN after trailing 15-0 in the second-half 👏👏 👏 #CANvROM

Canada 15-17 Romania

Congrats Romania!!! After being 15-0 down to win 15-17 👏🏾👏🏾 #RWC

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Canada 15-17 Romania

Romania's players either drop to their knees or jump for the skies as they kick the ball into touch and are rewarded with the final whistle.

Not a single man is left at their original height.

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Full-time

Canada 15-17 Romania

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Canada 15-17 Romania

A minute to go. Romania line-out on halfway. Safely claimed. Jamie Cudmore offside and over-eager.

Romania kick up into the Canada 22m, Surely the final play to come and Romania won't lose it from here...

Penalty

Canada 15-17 Romania (Vlaicu)

It's good! A mighty belt with the boot and the ball drops through the middle.

Those missed kicks from Gordon McRorie in the first half are looking costly for Canada now.

Canada 15-14 Romania

Penalty Romania!

Canada heading backwards at the scrum and Florin Vlaicu is lining one up from out wide and 35m away...

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Lively last five

Canada 15-14 Romania

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The Romanian support had already erupted as their side crossed under the posts a few minutes ago, ignoring the obvious penalty that referee Wayne Barnes had already signalled for. 

Suddenly there seem to be about twice as many Eastern Europeans inside the ground. The Romanian pack has finally come to the party and it promises to be a lively last five minutes.

Try

Canada 15-14 Romania (Macovei, con Vlaicu)

Canada's players were calling for the try to be chalked off the record for a double moverment.

No doubt though on the replay as Mihai Macoveri stretches out and dots down right on the paint.

Florin Vlaicu splits the uprights for another two points.

Canada have a one-point cushion, five minutes to play and a man down.

I'm not sure what that equation adds up to.

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Try review

Canada 15-7 Romania

Has Mihai Macovei got the ball down cleanly? It looks like it on first viewing...

Sin-bin

Canada 15-7 Romania

Canada flanker Jebb Sinclair throws himself into the wheels of the rolling maul, bringing it down illegally.

Yellow, a penalty and Romania call the packs back together. Canada are forced to press-gang a forward into the front eight.

Canada 15-7 Romania

Nathan Hirayama's kick is charged down and charger Florin Surugiu is almost onto it, before DTH van der Merwe appears on the scene and tidies up.  

Still a line-out to Romania and just a handful of metres to pick their way through.

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Canada 15-7 Romania

Romania are struggling to get a grip on the bar of soap that is passing for a ball today.

Every time they try something more elaborate than a pop to a forward, a knock-on checks their progress.

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How times have changed...

Canada 15-7 Romania

STAT: The last time a #ROM captain scored a RWC try, that try was still worth 4 points by Haralambie Dumitras in 1991

STAT: The last time a #ROM captain scored a RWC try, that try was still worth 4 points by Haralambie Dumitras in 1991

Canada 15-7 Romania

Romania are belatedly forcing the Canadian defence into some hard graft. However, such has been Canada's overall dominance, four of the top five tacklers have all been wearing white shirts. Overall Romania have been forced into making 109 tackles, compared to the 74 by their opponents.

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Canada 15-7 Romania

Canada have been penned back for the last five minutes. They are ducking, diving and just about surviving. Jeff Hassler gets back to touch the ball down as it squirts out the back of the scrum. Drop-out 22m and another chance to plot an escape route out of their own defensive quarter. 

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Canada 15-7 Romania

Romania have taken out a Canadian jumper in the line-out. Wayne Barnes is not having any of that. Oh no.

The stray Romanian hand costs his side a penalty and Canada clear their lines.

Canada 15-7 Romania

Canada hold out. For now.

The Cannucks keep going low and hard to chop down the Oaks, but Aaron Carpenter has not rolled away.

Wayne Barnes awards another penalty and Romania kick into the corner.

Canadian complacency

Canada 15-7 Romania

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It all went a bit quiet after that Jeff Hassler score. The Canadian contingent enjoyed the moment but there seemed to be a feeling that a 15-0 lead was a case of job done.

A couple of threatening moments by the Romanians stirred both sets of fans - and the neutrals - and that forwards' try has surely ended any Canadian complacency.

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Canada 15-7 Romania

A chorus of Swing Low rings around Leicester City Stadium.

A plaintive cry rather than a victory holler after England's exit at the weekend.

Romania are building well. Captain Mihai Macovei rumbles up to within five metres.

Canada 15-7 Romania

Romania are finally making a contest of this. Remember, Canada had almost 75% of possession in the opening half an hour and were virtually camped inside the Romanian half. But, as the latest stats show, Romania are hanging on to the ball more and enjoying a greater share of territory.

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Missed penalty

Canada 15-7 Romania

Canada fly-half Nathan Hirayama's kick has the power, but its flight goes wonky over the final few metres, dragging just wide of the posts.  

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Andrew Priestley: DTH van der Merwe is a great try scorer, he always has been. The Scarlets have done a great bit of business getting him in.

The Canadian winger joined the Scarlets from Glasgow Warriors this season.

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Converted try

Canada 15-7 Romania (Macovei, con Surugiu)

Oh yes. Older school that parachute pants.

The whole of the Romania team wedge themselves in behind the catcher and start chasing up their toes to get the rolling maul motoring.

Mihai Macovei emerges from the depths to claim the try.  

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Canada 15-0 Romania

Romania with a line-out throw, five metres from the Canada line.

Can they make this stick?

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Replacement

Canada 15-0 Romania

A raft of changes, with both sides mixing it up as we tick past the 50-minute mark.

Gordon McRorie, Nick Blevins and Hubert Buydens off for Canada,Phil Mack, Conor Trainor and Djustice Sears-Duru on.

Romania swap out fly-half Michael Wiringi for Csaba Gal. Prop Andrei Ursache is replaced by Andrei Ursache as well.

Canada 15-0 Romania

A scrappy old affair out there. Romania forced to run the ball in the search for a way back into the match. A running game is not a strong game for the Oaks though.

Florin Surugiu gets frustrated and attempts to mix it up with a chip ahead but his kick strays long.  

DTH in good company

Canada 15-0 Romania

DTH van der Merwe, who has now scored in all four of Canada's pool matches, is in good company....

.@ShaneWilliams11 is the only other player in RWC history to score a try in 4 different pool matches, back in 2007

.@ShaneWilliams11 is the only other player in RWC history to score a try in 4 different pool matches, back in 2007

Converted try

Canada 15-0 Romania (Hassler, con Hirayama )

Jeff Hassler is going to get an RSI in that hand-off arm.

The Canada plant palm sandwiches square in the chest of Valentin Calafeteanu and Catalin Fercu and bustles over from a neat delayed inside pass from Aaron Carpenter.

Nathan Hirayama converts from in front.  

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Canada 8-0 Romania

Canada wing Jeff Hassler - a Tasmanian devil of tangled hair and piston-like hand-offs - bustles his way into the Romania 22m.

He is hauled down but Canada have the put-in at the scrum.

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Kick-off

Canada 8-0 Romania

The rain has finally stopped. The two sets of teams look like the proverbial drowned rats, but we are back up and running again.

Canada 8-0 Romania

Who needs Wembley's arch when Leicester City Stadium comes with its own jauntier, if temporary, bit of overhead architecture?

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Half-time

Canada 8-0 Romania

13 - This is the lowest scoring first half at #RWC2015, only 13 games in RWC history have ever seen fewer pts in the opening 40 mins. Tight.

Canada 8-0 Romania

Gordon McRorie might want to dig around in his kitbag at half-time - to find his shooting boots. The Canada scrum-half's fourth attempt at the posts, after Van der Merwe's try, was a cleaner strike but he is still to land a kick from out wide.

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