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Rugby Europe Championship Round-Up: Germany cause stunning upset

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Germany earned a historic first win over Romania on Saturday after fighting back to seal a 41-38 victory in the Rugby Europe Championship – the tier below the Six Nations.

This was the Germans’ first win over Romania in 70 years as they came from 24-20 down at half-time with winger Marcel Coetzee scoring the winning try just before the final whistle in Offenbach, near Frankfurt.


German players (L-R) Eric Marks, Jarrid Els and Samy Fuechsel celebrate after the victory in Rugby Europe Championship match Germany v Romania on February 11, 2017 in Offenbach. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / J¸rgen Kefller / Germany OUT

German players (L-R) Eric Marks, Jarrid Els and Samy Fuechsel celebrate after the victory in Rugby Europe Championship match Germany v Romania on February 11, 2017 in Offenbach. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / J¸rgen Kefller / Germany OUT


“This win over Romania is crazy, historic” beamed Germany’s captain, Australian-born scrum-half Sean Armstrong, after the final whistle.

Flanker Jacobus Otto led the way with two of Germany’s five tries, all of which were converted by South-African-born fly-half Raynor Parkinson who weighed in with 16 points.


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Meanwhile, tournament favourites Georgia won comfortably 31-8 against Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Giorgi Koshadze and Beka Gorgadze all scored for the Lelos, who were also awarded a penalty try.

As a result, Georgia moved into top spot thanks to their bonus-point win.

Finally this weekend at Madrid’s Estadio Nacional Complutense it was Spain who got off to a winning start thanks to their 16-6 win over Russia.