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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 08:05

King's Cup will kick off at the end of this week-end and the program is the following (in Romanian):
https://www.super-liga.ro/2017/07/31/cu ... mpetitiei/

This is an experimental competition so 3 Under 23 players should be in the lineup.

Other news from clubs:

CSM Bucuresti signed as forward coach ex-Farul player Lasha Tavartikladze (possible he was recommended by Bradley).
http://csmbucuresti.ro/lasha-tavartkila ... -tigrilor/
Rumor is they also signed 3 Georgian forwards after they failed to sign forwards from Iasi

Timisoara Saracens signed ex-U20, ex-RC Barlad (Second Division) scum-half Gabriel Rupanu:
http://obiectivvaslui.ro/gabriel-rupanu ... -saracens/

Baia Mare signed few U18 players for next 7 years:
Sergiu Lucaciu - center (b. 1999)
Mihai Matei - lock (last time at Tarbes academy, born 1997)
Vlad Visan - lock (1,97 cm, 115 kgs!) - until recently he played in England (b. 1999)

U Cluj will participate in King's Cup which means that they have the finances to continue in Super Liga.

Bucovina Suceava new coach still to be announced official but rumor is will be Marius Coltuneac:
http://en.espn.co.uk/scrum/rugby/player/13865.html
He have 2 caps and played in France in 2000s for few years. He is replacing Constantin Vlad who was Suceava's coach for 27 years. However, it seems Mr. Vlad will stay around the team for a while and he participated to the meeting

Poli Iasi will skip King's Cup and struggle to rebuild the team as they have only 18 players under contract now (and only 2 frontrowers). Apparently Plai will stay with them for next season as they didn't wanted to release him to Dinamo.

An interesting meeting and first of this sort took place last week in Bucharest with coaching representatives of Super Liga clubs: George Sava ( head coach CSM Baia Mare ) Eugen Apjok ( head coach CSM Bucuresti ) Danut Dumbrava ( head coach CSA Steaua ) Cosmin Ratiu ( head coach Politehnica Iasi ) Cristian Sauan and Horea Himpea ( manager and head coach CS Universitatea Cluj ) Vlad Constantin ( manager CSM Bucovina Suceava ) Cristian Hildan ( CS head coach Dinamo ) and Sosene Anesi ( backs coach SCM Timisoara ).
https://www.super-liga.ro/2017/08/01/an ... icentiere/

The meeting was mostly about club licensing procedures, coaching licensing, new laws of the game and collaboration with National team staff and collaboration between SL team staffs. Other topic:
- long term strategic plan for Oaks
- involvement of national staff in player's training and various requirements for clubs related to preparation of test players.
- national team staff offered themselves to travel to clubs to have few training sessions with clubs

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Thu, 03 Aug 2017, 14:31

CSM Baia Mare announced their squad for 2017 - 2018 season:

Props
Mihai Dico 16.08.1987 1,87 m 100 kg România
Domițian Mureșan 01.08.1995 1,86 m 120 kg România
Waisea Nailago 28.03.1989 1,89 m 129 kg Fiji
Constantin Mardare Pristăviță 23.05.1993 1,89 m 111 kg România
Paul Rusu 10.09.1984 1,78 m 115 kg România
Silviu Sebastian Suciu 16.10.1991 1,85 M 124 kg România

Hookers
Florin Bârdașu 23.09.1991 1,74 m 104 kg România
Ovidiu Cojocaru 19.11.1996 1,76 m 100 kg România
Iuri Natriashvili 25.01.1984 1,80 m 105 kg Georgia

Locks
Marius Dănilă 08.03.1987 1,95 m 114 kg România
Andrei Iurea 01.12.1996 1,94 m 105 kg România
Dumani Siphosethu Mtya 14.03.1985 1,94 m 114 kg Africa de Sud
Florian Roșu 20.04.1993 1,92 m 105 kg România
Johannes Van Heerden 09.12.1986 1,96 m 118 kg Africa de Sud
Mihai Matei 12.11.1997 1,94 m 97 kg România

Backrow
Răzvan Ailenei 04.02.1992 1,90 m 110 kg România
Cristian Marian Chirică 09.04.1997 1,91 m 95 kg România
Constantin Ene 08.08.1984 1,87 m 108 kg România
Sean Morrell 23.08.1985 1,89 m 110 kg Fiji
Feofaaki Holoia 29.03.1990 1,92 m 106 kg Tonga
Vlad Vișan 11.11.1999 1,97 m 115 kg România

Scrum-half
Alexandru Neculai Pălii 25.02.1995 1,78 m 90 kg România
Bidzina Shamkaradze 02.10.1983 1,69 m 82 kg Georgia
Alexandru Țiglă 19.02.1993 1,78 m 90 kg România

Fly-Half
George Paul Oprea 30.08.1993 1,93 m 106 kg România

Center
Sione Fakaosilea 13.01.1987 1,86 m 118 kg Tonga
Michael Doneghan 06.05.1991 1,90 m 98 kg Scoția
Alexandru Bucur 24.04.1994 1,83 m 92 kg România
Sergiu Lucaciu 13.03.1999 1,80 m 80 kg România

Wing
Adrian Apostol 11.03.1990 1,84 m 86 kg România
Mihai Lămboiu 25.07.1997 1,81 m 83 kg România
Sikuea Taliauli 14.07.1995 1,88 m 98 kg Tonga

Fullback:
Ratu Taniela Maravunawasawasa 30.04.1986 1,83 m 89 kg Fiji
Ionuț Botezatu 12.12.1987 1,82 m 90 kg România

Staff
George Sava – Head Coach
Vasile Lucaci – Assistant Coach
Silviu Duma - Manager
Teodor Buzatu – Video analist
Adrian Manolache – Academy Coach
Sione Vaiomounga – Academy Coach
Marius Peride – Medic

Timisora Saracens announced they signed Mesake Doge (Prop) - Fiji

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Sat, 05 Aug 2017, 06:57

Timisoara Saracens - CSA Steaua, King's Cup, live now:

https://www.privesc.eu/arhiva/77430

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Fri, 18 Aug 2017, 13:16

Johannes Van Heerden is on trial to Tolouse.

http://www.rugby-transferts.com/joueur- ... in-150895/

Young Motoc on bench for Racing 92 Metro

http://www.racing92.fr/fr/Equipe_Pro/Am ... -5093.html

Super Liga 2017-2018 will start with 7 teams because Bucovina Suceava failed to secure the budget required for first tier competition.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Armchair Fan » Tue, 22 Aug 2017, 10:21

I don't know if Van Heerden trial in Toulouse is good news, it seems they are explicitly looking for players available during international windows.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 22 Aug 2017, 10:36

We'll see about that, but I do think Van Heerden will continue to come to play for Oaks.

LE:
New stadium from Craiova will be able to host rugby matches:
http://www.prosport.ro/fotbal-intern/li ... e-16702245

Too bad that there are no rugby teams in Oltenia region nor a tradition of rugby as in Constanta for example.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 07:49

Super Liga season kicked off this week-end with three matches.

Biggest match was the eternal derby , Steaua 27 - 19 Dinamo. (will update with highlights later).
match stats:
https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4373

To be noted that soccer fans stayed away of this match and we didn't see any incidents compared with last year.

The match was quite balanced and although Dinamo seriously strengthen the team this year Steaua was simply better, not by a very elaborate game but because of their players. Tudorel Bratu scored two tries for Dinamo which is encouraging for Oaks scrum-half after a mediocre last season but he missed few kicks. Boldor scored a very nice try after the break when he spotted a big gap in Dinamo's defense.

In last minutes, after Steaua was sanctioned with two yellows (Robert Neagu, Ionut Dumitru), Dinamo scored another try but they couldn't close the gap.

Some of Dinamo's new players are:
Ekuasi Tevita, Tonga, Eightman
Divan Ferrguson, SA, center
Merab Matavka, Georgia, hooker
Gerald Sibanda, Zimbabwe, wing (Zimbabwe Sevens)
Albert Stiopei, ex. RO U20, back from Italy, wing/fullback
Ovidiu Sarbe, from Timisoara academy, fly-half
Adrian Ionut Chiper, U Cluj, prop
Marcel Rusu, lock, Timisoara academy


Steaua's new signings:
Ionut Dumbrava, Steaua ex-fly-half who played his entire career there is the new coach of the team.
Soana Marian, ex. CSM Bucuresti/RO U20, lock
Pasalan Andrei, RO U18/Steaua Academy, backrow
Ika Tuihakavalu, Tonga, center
Melecciu Ionut, ex-Iasi/RO U20, hooker

CSM Stiinta Baia Mare 59 - 5 Universitatea Cluj
match stats:
https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4369

Little to say about this match, it was an expected easy win of the hosts. U Cluj is not in a good shape, they managed to find the money for this season SL after they lost one of the main sponsors last season but the team is filled with academy players who didn't even finished their junior career so they're expected to be the main "favorite" for last spot. 3 tries were scored in last 15 minutes so at least Cluj tried to contain the score as much as possible.

New signings from CSM Baia Mare are listed in a post above and U Cluj promoted players from academy, 12 players born in 1998 and 2 in 1997 and one new player probably from CS Manastur (2nd division), a French lock, Vincent Loitier.

CSM Bucuresti 22 - 22 Poli Iasi
full match:
https://www.privesc.eu/arhiva/77615
selection of most important phases:
https://www.facebook.com/mona.monyk/vid ... 527858478/
match stats:
https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4371

No doubt, this is the surprise of the round. After the participation was in tatters because of financing and coach Sava and many players left from Iasi, the students from Iasi start with a blast and nearly won away versus one team that it is considered to be a contender.

It was also an entertaining match to watch. CSM started well and they scored a try trough Hinckley Vaovasa and than Iasi tighthead Matase was sin binned. Plai kept the team in game by scoring two penalties however CSM scored a penalty try and become obvious that Iasi's pack, especially the frontrow will have a hard day at the office. Ex. U20 wing Iliuta who started from CSM scored a try which was disallowed due to touching the line. All looked in control for hosts but before the end of the first half, Plai scored a try, converted the points and than scored a drop goal thus reducing the difference to 1 pts.

Must say that Iasi bench was filled with very young players so their options were quite limited and it was obvious that the key of the match will be how the pack will resist, especially in scrums, because lineout and breakdown seemed to be an issue for CSM and not for the visitors. Although CSM scored another try (Carpo) following a lineout near opposition 22, Vaovasa failed to score the two points and Iasi come back trough Plai who scored two more penalties (2 from 5) . In the last minute, veteran captain of Iasi, openside Drusca was about to score a try but he was touched down over the try line after his legs were out of the field of play so the try was disallowed. Man of the match is certainly Plai who kept the team in the game despite missing some points and personally I think the two veterans Bisoc (lock) and Drusca (openside, flanker) have a great contribution as the pack, although lacking some bench options managed to outplay CSM at the breakdown and in lineout. I also liked young loosehead Cretu, 19 yo player with good physical presence who played the entire match. Even if it was a draw it is a big result for the visitors and from their new head coach, Adrian Ratiu, at his first match (he is still listed as a player)

From CSM I liked young backrow Mario Arvinte and I didn't understand why he was subbed in second half. Generally Iasi played much faster and with ball in hand and I probably they would have been a play off team if they would have been able to keep their team from last season.

Iasi new signings:
Colev Alexandru, prop, Rep. of Moldova
Matase George, prop (RC Barlad, second division)
Cretu Andrei, prop (Tomitanii), 19 yo player who was impressive at his debut in SL
Panzaru Mihnea, lock (Timisoara academy)
and a bunch of junior players (born 1999), some of them coming from the bench at the end of the game.

CSM new signings:
Eugen Apjock, ex. CSM Stiinta Baia Mare, head coach
Lasha Tavartkiladze, forwards coach, Georgia
Lasha Azaladze, Georgia, lock
Omar Baliashvili, Georgia, prop
Vasile Balan, prop, ex. Poli Iasi
Nigel Genia, scrum-half, Australia (he also played one season for Baia Mare)
Iulian Hartig, prop, RO U20, ex. Baia Mare
Alexandru Oancea, hooker, ex. RC Grivita, Baia Mare, debuted for Oaks in 2015 but was out following a heavy injury, he come back last season in 3rd division and now is with CSM.
Paul Petucher, prop, ex. U Cluj
Marius Pocris, prop, ex. Baia Mare
Tuicakau Livinai, fullback, Fiji
Vaovasa Hinckley, fly-half, New Zealand
Winter Riley, lock, ex Perth Spirit, Australia U20.

Some news from National Seniors Division (second tier):

Bucovina Suceava will stay in this league for another season and won't promote in Super Liga as local authorities support was not certain.

Tomitanii signed two experimenced players:
Catalin Sasu, prop, ex. Poli Iasi, ex. Farul
Johnny Sola, center, ex. CSM Bucuresti

Friendly match:
Saracens 49 - 0 (35 - 0 at half time) Timisoara

Timisoara played a friendly match vs Europe's champions. The team fielded was rather experimental with some academy players and Rupanu (ex. U20 scrum-half) had a good game but Simionescu (FB, ex. U20) was kind of a liability in defense as he fumbled most of the long kicks.

Later edit: I identified some of the other Timisoara's young players who entered on the pitch in second half (the stream quality wasn't the best): ex-RO U20 Vlad Neculau (backrow), Marius Iftimiciuc (lock) and Oaks young center Florin Vladut Popa.

Stream:
second half: https://www.facebook.com/SaracensOffici ... 733007926/
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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby iul » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 10:46

Epic update on Romanian rugby is epic. Great job amz :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 13:40

Great! Is Super Liga broadcasted on TV?
Brazilian Rugby News: www.portaldorugby.com.br

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 13:50

victorsra wrote:Great! Is Super Liga broadcasted on TV?


for CSM - Iasi you can find two links, one of the full match, one of extended highlights; match was broadcasted by stream on rugbytv.ro

Steaua - Dinamo was on Dolce Sport, official TV and although you can see the match live on rugbytv.ro, the link doesn't stay on the site to be viewed later; finally Baia Mare - Cluj wasn't streamed or on tv. When Steaua - Dinamo highlights will appear online I'll post them here.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Stef » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 13:51

Great job amz!

Unfortunately, somebody has stolen your post without quoting you. rowan, a true thief! No wonder he was banned from here!

http://www.rugbyrebels.co/board/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=562&sid=47fbd72f18f05ec3d263bbe835f68fe6&start=225

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 28 Aug 2017, 14:03

Stef wrote:Great job amz!

Unfortunately, somebody has stolen your post without quoting you. rowan, a true thief! No wonder he was banned from here!

http://www.rugbyrebels.co/board/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=562&sid=47fbd72f18f05ec3d263bbe835f68fe6&start=225


Thanks! Yes, an English friend sent me the link earlier...I don't mind tbh as I know what Rowan can do, I prefer to look at the bright side, more audience ;)

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 11:29

Steaua - Dinamo highlights:




FRR appointed the staff of Romania U20 squad which is preparing for European U20 Trophy from 2018.
Fergus Pringle, Head Coach
Cristian Hîldan, Assistant Coach (also head coach of Dinamo)
Florin Tașcă, Conditioning Coach

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 05 Sep 2017, 10:48

Super Liga Round 2 was played this week-end, here are the results:

CS Politehnica Iasi 20 - 47 CSA Steaua Bucuresti

Hosts started quite well, with a quick try but they were failed by the players who were outstanding in first round vs CSM. First Plai kicked in an opponent from his own 22 which lead to Steaua's second try in the beginning of the match than the pack didn't resist and lost especially the set piece. If first round the lineout worked well for Iasi, this time the only played who seemed capable to stop Steaua in lineout was junior flanker Chiriac who won even against throw.

Full match available here: https://www.privesc.eu/arhiva/77616

CS Universitatea Cluj 12 - 50 CSM Bucuresti

Again a match of two halves, in the first part Cluj was able to contain CSM but they lost heavily the second half.

Timisoara Saracens 23 - 15 CSM Stiinta Baia Mare

First half was abysmal for both team, the match was a forwards battle which was stopped at every phase by the ref for repeated infringements and personal mistakes. Baia Mare entered the second half with a small advantage but Timisoara come back strongly after the break in a second half that was quite spectacular despite the storm that started at the end of the match which put serious difficulties especially to the kickers.

Highlights:
https://www.facebook.com/rugbyromania/v ... 911448270/

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 07:25

CSM Bucuresti 28 - 16 Timisoara Saracens

This is a tough one for the visitors because they have so many players injured like Oaks Badiu, Fercu, Capatana, Sheenan, Umaga, Samoa or players who are making it into first XV pretty often like Simionescu, Conache, Doyle or Hunt.

CSM scrum dominated the match and made Timisoara's one to look terrible. Doge Mesake have a bad day at the office, he conceded most of the penalties given against his team from various infringement in the scrum. When Pungea and Militaru entered from the bench, the situation was somehow more balanced.

Apjock's style is started to be noticed as CSM, they managed to pin Timisoara in their own half with long kicks followed by effective chasing of the ball. One of the tries come following a ball fumbled by Seniloli and recovered by one of CSM players and generally most important attack situations come following scrums or lineouts in visitors half.

Vlad Popa played out of position at 15 and he did it well, he also attacked well few times and put up good tackles in situation of last defending player but probably with Fercu . However, Timisoara's defense seems unprepared for kicking play CSM put on them. Rose and especially Seniloli had an average performance. The former especially, although is lethal when is given some space is very limited as player in other aspects. He doesn't seem to have any concern on managing his game, passing is average and become really bad after he fumbled the kicked ball for CSM try by passing near the level of the ground repeatedly. I noticed this few times and it seems when he makes mistakes he lose his confidence and concentration and his passing become dangerous for his colleagues. Pretorius (injured) is also below par so imo best bet for Timisoara is young Rupanu who imo have much more potential than Seniloli or Pretorius, also Timisoara should have tried to convert Conache there, as they did in last matches from last season than sign these two players, wasted money imo on both and I'd add here Doge Mesuke but for now I give him the benefit of a doubt since he only come here from one month or so.

Again, the issue of ruck/breakdown made Timisoara to give away many easy penalties and Mr. Williams will have a lot of work to do in this area.

CSM looked very composed, they followed their game plan well. Frontrow and scrum generally was really strong, lineout worked well but it wasn't easy against two top players like those from Timisoara locks. Backrow was outstanding and managed to push back Timisoara on their attack and pin them down in their field. Lots of experience there from long time Oaks like Carpo and Burcea or from captain Adrian Ion who shouldn't be overlooked by Howells despite his age.

I am especially thrilled by Calafeteanu's come back after a long term injury. His form was poor before this kidney injury (which puts in danger his career) but now he looks sharper and much more accurate in passing and kicking, probably less burnt out and with more appetite for playing. CSM fly-half is a very interesting player, he was accurate with kicking and very dangerous with ball in hand, being able to drag CSM backs attacking line in very good positions to attack.

Overall a very good match, good entertainment too, which looked at times at test level.

CSA Steaua Bucuresti 45 - 8 Universitatea Cluj

Easy one for Steaua, 7 to 1 tries, young Boldor was entrusted with kicking tee duty this time and he did his job well and he was named man of the match. Cluj had on bench 5 players 18 yo.

CS Dinamo Bucuresti 70 - 5 CS Politehnica Iasi

After a strong start, the limited squad of Iasi start to show its limits. Especially in last minutes, the bench which was made of mostly 18 yo wasn't able to stop Dinamo, 4 tries being scored after the young players entered the pitch. Stil, few of the young players seem to adapt well to the new environment and I am thinking here to backrow Chiriac (injured this time but played in first two matches really well), scrum-half Lupu, frontrow Cretu.

man of the match, Dinamo's scrum-half Tudorel Bratu.

Conclusion:
It looks like we will have 5 contenders for the play off, Dinamo looking strong enough to challenge any other team from top 4. Iasi and U Cluj will probably try to avoid the wooden spoon but if they will manage to get some finances to strengthen their squads (because bench is the main issue) they might put up a much better opposition.

Anniversary:

On 8 September we celebrate first rugby match played in Romania which happened in 1913 on the same field where is now based Romanian Rugby Federation and Arcul de Triumf national stadium:
https://frr.ro/2017/09/08/104-ani-de-la ... -romanesc/

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 11 Sep 2017, 12:27

Highlights CSM - Timisoara


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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby beber » Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 11:22

Paulica Ion signed for Salanque Cote Radieuse (close to Perpignan on the mediteranean coast) in Fédérale 2. The forwards coach is Marius Tincu

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 11:25

beber wrote:Paulica Ion signed for Salanque Cote Radieuse (close to Perpignan on the mediteranean coast) in Fédérale 2. The forwards coach is Marius Tincu


as far as I know, he refused to join Timisoara so I presume he ended his professional career.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 10:23

Saturday 18th September, Second Division club Stejarul Buzau will play versus Ukrainian champion side, RC KREDO 63, in a friendly match. In the opening match of the day will play local football side.

http://www.campusbuzau.ro/fotbal-si-rug ... i-gratuit/

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby beber » Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 12:09

Van Heerden signed a short terme contraction for Carcassonne to cover an injured player

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Boudewijn Vertonghen » Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 14:13

I nearly doesn't know anything about Romanian club rugby. But I'm an admirer of the strength of teams like the Timisoara Saracens which I could see in Germany. And I'm surprised that there are some more teams in Romania who nearly are as strong as Timisoara Saracens/beat Timisoara Saracens. I think you need lots of professional players to play on that level.

I'm interested in knowing where the Romanian clubs from the SuperLiga got the money from, so that they are allowed to pay professional players, although they don't have that much spectators at their playgrounds (about 1,000 spectators at one game, right? Or less?), who could bring that much money.

I once heard that Timisoara Saracens have a rich patrol/sponsor. And what about Baia Mare and the Bucurestian teams?

How many people watch their matches on TV?


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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby iul » Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 15:59

Boudewijn Vertonghen wrote:I nearly doesn't know anything about Romanian club rugby. But I'm an admirer of the strength of teams like the Timisoara Saracens which I could see in Germany. And I'm surprised that there are some more teams in Romania who nearly are as strong as Timisoara Saracens/beat Timisoara Saracens. I think you need lots of professional players to play on that level.

I'm interested in knowing where the Romanian clubs from the SuperLiga got the money from, so that they are allowed to pay professional players, although they don't have that much spectators at their playgrounds (about 1,000 spectators at one game, right? Or less?), who could bring that much money.

I once heard that Timisoara Saracens have a rich patrol/sponsor. And what about Baia Mare and the Bucurestian teams?

How many people watch their matches on TV?


Kind regards
Boudewijn Vertonghen

The money comes from the local authorities (city and county councils). They use public funds to fund various professional sports teams.

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby Boudewijn Vertonghen » Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 21:52

iul wrote:
Boudewijn Vertonghen wrote:I nearly doesn't know anything about Romanian club rugby. But I'm an admirer of the strength of teams like the Timisoara Saracens which I could see in Germany. And I'm surprised that there are some more teams in Romania who nearly are as strong as Timisoara Saracens/beat Timisoara Saracens. I think you need lots of professional players to play on that level.

I'm interested in knowing where the Romanian clubs from the SuperLiga got the money from, so that they are allowed to pay professional players, although they don't have that much spectators at their playgrounds (about 1,000 spectators at one game, right? Or less?), who could bring that much money.

I once heard that Timisoara Saracens have a rich patrol/sponsor. And what about Baia Mare and the Bucurestian teams?

How many people watch their matches on TV?


Kind regards
Boudewijn Vertonghen

The money comes from the local authorities (city and county councils). They use public funds to fund various professional sports teams.


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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Thu, 21 Sep 2017, 07:29

The answer is quite simplistic. Much of the budgets come from local authorities but there is private funding in various degrees for each club. Timisoara for example only get 50% of the budget from local authorities and the rest is coming from various private companies. All the other clubs have also a degree of private funding, bigger or smaller. Even Steaua or Dinamo, who are clubs of Army or Police have private sourced funds as well.

Round 4 results:

Timisoara Saracens 15 - 15 CSA Steaua Bucuresti

Rather dull match, without a clear try scoring phase, with a Steaua team that come decided to bag as few points as possible. Steaua managed to kick the points to obtain a draw in last minute of the game when it was down to 13 players due to two yellow cards. Man of the match was Conache, the eternal bench player who was at fullback this time and kicked all the points scored by his team. Even if the last final of SL was won mostly based on his boot he's still a bench player although he can cover fly-half, wing or fullback and even played few games at scrum-half last season.

CS Universitatea Cluj 25 - 38 CS Dinamo Bucuresti

It was a balanced match and although Cluj students did pretty well in the first half but the bench failed them once more. Dinamo played in the usual manner. Tudorel Bratu seem to be in a brilliant form, he scored two tries, 5 conversions and a penalty, a total of 23 pts.

CSM Stiinta Baia Mare 24 - 15 CSM Bucuresti

First half was balanced but in the second one the hosts managed to break winners also due to the missed penalties by Calafeteanu. Nothing much to say about this match except that hosts kicking game was surprising.

Other news:

Oaks' staff (Howells, Moffat, Rieg) will participate to the training sessions of Bucharest based clubs this week and next weeks will visit the clubs from across the country or will assist at their training sessions should they be in Bucharest.

Howells: "For us, it is a great opportunity to reunite the players from the national team and to see the young players who in the near future could make the step towards the big team, to see them exactly in the daily training place. I have watched the Super League matches that have been so far and I am glad to see that the matches are more balanced than last season. As we discussed at the club's coaches meeting in July, we want to see the training they are doing, see how we can improve the level of training of the players who come to the national team. At this point, players have individual training programs and I want to renounce to them gradually , players being already trained as we want directly by clubs. We have to find an agreement between all the coaches, an agreement that will lead to a better training of the athletes in order to fulfill as much as possible the requirements of the national team. These days, we will attend the team training, we will try to help if we are asked for help, answer the questions if they exist, look for solutions together if needed "

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Re: Romanian Rugby

Postby amz » Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 08:25

Round 5

Dinamo Bucuresti 22 - 22 Timisoara Saracens ( full match: https://www.privesc.eu/arhiva/77955 )

https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4411

Poor and unspectacular match is probably the best description for this one. Timisoara started the match with a bunch of young players, probably because the very long list of injured players and probably because Mr. Williams wants to see all players from the team playing. From the young ones, Popa have a very good match, he was the best player in Timisoara's backline. Simionescu scored a try and I think Rupanu had a good game too. Neculau with a yellow didn't played too well although he put up some good tackles and Iftimciuc played too little to have an idea.

Tudorel Bratu was again the man of the match and he scored the last two penalties, in last minutes which saved Dinamo from defeat. Although the hosts are in a visible progress, I think they still have room for improvement as the team doesn't work as it is supposed too, the return in defense is slow, the support is slow and generally the positioning for both phases, attack and defense is poor.

About Timisoara, I didn't see impovements. Poor discipline cost them victory, the rucking and the breakdown being their main weakness, too many penalties for simple technical. It is true that they have a lot of injured players but they lost the match due to complacency and Mr. Williams have a difficult task ahead. From my point of view, some players need to be put aside for the time being as they are not focused or prepared enough.

The result is fair and from the perspective of the game none of the teams would have deserved a win.

Politehnica Iasi 20 - 29 CS Universitatea Cluj

https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4413

The derby of the last placed teams in standing finished with a rather surprising win of the visitors. Although Iasi started strong with a draw which could have been a win in an away match vs CSM, they weren't able to replicate it in the next rounds.This is U Cluj first win this season after matches were they showed they could keep close of even the top teams but the bench is not up to the task.

CSA Steaua Bucuresti 39 - 37 CS Stiinta Baia Mare

Highlights:


Telekom Sport Romania has inaugurated the broadcast of SL matches on facebook so full match can be watched here:

First Half:
https://www.facebook.com/telekomsportro ... 679164011/

Second half:
https://www.facebook.com/telekomsportro ... 125824233/

https://www.super-liga.ro/informatii-meci/?im=4409

This is perhaps the most spectacular match of Super Liga so far, with 9 tries and fast playing tempo from both teams could have won this as score swing alternatively in each teams favor for the duration of the match. Surugiu - Vlaicu pair of halves had an excellent game and were able to set a very fast tempo and attacking moves. Wing Neagu was declared man of the match and also Ionita had a good game, especially in defense. I think Dumbrava made a very good job so far and his team is playing really fast with ball in hand and I expect them to be even better in next rounds.

Baia Mare is changing its game and it is obvious they play a more open style compared with previous years. I think Sava is still looking to shuffle some positions. About potential Oaks, Chirica was a tackling machine, Bucur was dangerous in attack when entered the team, Apostol looks to be back on his form after a long suspension. Botezatu had a poor game and I think Sava should look for another player at fullback.

Standings after 5 rounds may be found here:

https://www.super-liga.ro/superliga/clasament/

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