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2008 IRB Nations Cup

The 2008 IRB Nations Cup was the third edition of the international rugby union tournament, a competition created by the International Rugby Board. It pits the "A" Teams of the stronger (Tier 1) rugby nations (Emerging Springboks and Italy A) against some of the Tier 2 and 3 nations (Romania, Georgia, Russia and Uruguay).[1]

2008 IRB Nations Cup
Tournament details
CountriesSouth Africa Emerging Springboks
 Georgia
 Italy A
 Romania
 Russia
 Uruguay
Tournament format(s)Modified Round-robin
Date11 – 20 June 2008
Tournament statistics
Teams6
Matches played9
Attendance0 (0 per match)
Tries scored25 (2.78 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Matias Arocena (Uruguay)
(34 points)
Top try scorer(s)Florin Corodeanu (Romania)
Dato Gasviani (Georgia)
Howard Noble (Emerging Springboks)
(2 tries)
Final
ChampionsSouth Africa Emerging Springboks (2nd title)
Runners-up Georgia
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For the second consecutive year the event was held in Bucharest, Romania. The Emerging Springboks were the overall winners for their second consecutive year.

The competition format was a modified round-robin whereby each team played 3 of the other 5 teams. The competition was played over three match days, with three matches played consecutively on each day.

Final standingsEdit

2008 IRB Nations Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1   Emerging Springboks 3 3 0 0 56 35 21 6 2 0 0 12
2   Georgia 3 2 0 1 48 32 16 5 1 0 0 8
3   Romania 3 2 0 1 36 43 −7 3 3 0 0 8
4   Italy A 3 1 0 2 60 60 0 6 7 1 1 6
5   Uruguay 3 1 0 2 47 49 −2 2 4 0 2 6
6   Russia 3 0 0 3 46 74 −28 3 8 0 2 2
Source : irb.com

Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

11 June 2008
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Italy A   38 – 15   Russia
Try: Pietrosanti 10' m
Galante 20' c
Sepe 42' m
Derbyshire 63' c
Giovanchelli 74' m
Con: Buso (2/5)
Pen: Buso (3/3) 14', 30', 47'
Report
Stats
Try: Marchenko 26' m
Khrokin 60' c
Con: Yanyushkin (1/2)
Pen: Yanyushkin (1/1) 70'

11 June 2008
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Emerging Springboks   11 – 3   Georgia
Try: Noble 49' m
Pen: Dollie (2/2) 27', 46'
Report
Stats
Pen: Barkalaia (1/1) 37'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)

11 June 2008
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Uruguay   6 – 10   Romania
Pen: Arocena (1/1) 47'
Caffera (1/1) 76'
Report
Stats
Try: Corodeanu 3' c
Con: Vlaicu (1/1)
Pen: Vlaicu (1/1) 17'

Round 2Edit

15 June 2008
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Georgia   20 – 18   Uruguay
Try: Nemsadze 7' c
Gasviani 44' c
Con: Malaguradze (2/2)
Pen: Malaguradze (2/2) 55', 56'
Report
Stats
Pen: Arocena (6/6) 21', 29', 39', 50', 58', 59'

15 June 2008
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Italy A   19 – 20   Emerging Springboks
Try: Sbaraglini 78' c
Con: Duca (1/1)
Pen: Buso (4/4) 42', 47', 54', 63'
Report
Stats
Try: Waka 30' c
Jansen 50' c
Con: Dollie (2/2)
Pen: Dollie (2/2) 2', 64'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Referee: Jérôme Garces (France)

15 June 2008
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Russia   12 – 13   Romania
Pen: Yanyushkin (4/4) 5', 36', 49', 57'
Report
Stats
Try: Tasca 68' c
Con: Dumbrava (1/1)
Pen: Dumbrava (2/2) 9', 40'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Round 3Edit

20 June 2008
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Russia   19 – 23   Uruguay
Try: Volkov 37' c
Con: Yanyushkin (1/1)
Pen: Yanyushkin (3/3) 39', 60', 70'
Drop: Kuzmenko (1/1) 55'
Report
Stats
Try: Penalty Try 75' c
Conti 80' c
Con: Arocena (2/2)
Pen: Arocena (3/3)

20 June 2008
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Italy A   3 – 25   Georgia
Pen: Duca (1/1) 20'
Report
Stats
Try: Gasviani 1' m
Gundishvili 40' c
Tsiklauri 78' c
Con: Malaguradze (1/2)
Uchava (1/1)
Pen: Malaguradze (2/2) 13', 63'

20 June 2008
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Emerging Springboks   25 – 13   Romania
Try: Basson 27' c
Noble 51' c
Jenneker 77' m
Con: Newman (2/3)
Pen: Newman (2/2) 22', 38'
Report
Stats
Try: Corodeanu 26' c
Con: Dimofte (1/1)
Pen: Dumbravă (1/1) 2'
Dimofte (1/1) 33'
Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest
Referee: Alan Falzone (Italy)

Top scorersEdit

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