RUGBY WORLD CUP: France secure bonus in win over Romania

France's Sofiane Guitoune dives past Romania's Danut Dumbrava (right) to score his side's first try
France's Sofiane Guitoune dives past Romania's Danut Dumbrava (right) to score his side's first try

FRANCE 38 ROMANIA 11

Two tries from Sofiane Guitoune helped France to a battling 38-11 victory over Romania as the 2011 World Cup finalists moved above Ireland to the top of Pool D.

Romania were far from outplayed in their opening match of the tournament but tries in each half from Guitoune and three more from Yannick Nyanga, Wesley Fofana, and Gael Fickou gave France the bonus-point win.

Fofana, one of 13 changes made after the opening win over Italy, was particularly impressive but the French will have to improve overall if they are to overcome more ruthless opposition.

This was the first of five World Cup fixtures being played at the Olympic Stadium and the 55,000-seater arena made for an excellent venue, with both sets of supporters contributing to a buoyant atmosphere throughout.

Romania are yet to make it beyond the pool stages in seven attempts but they showed enough power and purpose here to suggest they can trouble both Italy and Ireland’s bid to reach the quarter-finals.