France had to fight hard for a 38-11 bonus point victory over Romania in their Rugby World Cup Pool D encounter at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday. With 13 changes to their team, Les Bleus got off to a flyer as they were looking good with ball in hand. Morgan Parra slotted over a penalty in the seventh minute to put the first points on the board.
Despite their awful start, Florin Surugiu looked certain to have scored the first try of the match but had to settle for a Florin Vlaìca penalty when the try was disallowed. In the 29th minute Paulica Ion was shown yellow before the French made good use of the extra man as Sofiane Guitoune went over to score and Parra added the additional two. Three minutes later a brilliant counter attack saw the big flanker, Yannick Nyanga score in the same corner before Parra made light work of the conversion.
Vlaìca slotted over a late penalty to send the teams into the break with Philippe Saint-André’s side leading 17-6. After the break, the 2011 finalists just could not seem to put points on the board in what seemed to be a more difficult task than expected. Saint-André’s side had to wait 26 second stanza minutes for Guitoune to complete his brace before Parra added the sundries.
Wesley Fofana scored the bonus point try but the Oaks were finally awarded for their hard work when Valentin Ursache cross the white wash. Gael Fickou rounded off the night in style for France when he sidestepped his way over the line to score the fifth and final try of the evening to wrap up a 38-11 victory for the French.