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2012 IRB Nations Cup

The 2012 IRB Nations Cup was the seventh edition of the international rugby union tournament, a competition created by the International Rugby Board. It pitted the "A" Teams of the stronger rugby nations (Tier 1, Argentina Jaguars and Italy A) against the Tier 2 (Romania) and Tier 3 (Portugal and Russia) nations. And Uruguay played against Romania, Russia and Portugal.[1]

2012 IRB Nations Cup
Tournament details
Countries Argentina XV
 Italy A
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Uruguay
Tournament format(s)Modified Round-robin
Date8 – 17 June 2012
Tournament statistics
Teams6
Matches played9
Attendance0 (0 per match)
Tries scored39 (4.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Dorin Manole (Romania)
(30 points)
Top try scorer(s)Andrea Bacchetti (Italy A)
Alberto Chiesa (Italy A)
(3 tries)
Final
Champions Romania (1st title)
Runners-up Argentina XV
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For the sixth consecutive year the event was held in Bucharest, Romania. South African Kings did not return to defend their title. For the first time in the competition's history, host nation Romania won.

The competition format was a modified round-robin whereby there three ENC teams (Romania, Russia and Portugal) played the other three teams (Argentina XV, Italy A and Uruguay). The competition was played over three match days, with three matches played consecutively on each day.

StandingsEdit

2012 IRB Nations Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1   Romania 3 3 0 0 69 43 +26 6 3 0 0 12
2   Argentina XV 3 2 0 1 95 41 +54 10 2 1 1 10
3   Italy A 3 2 0 1 74 55 +19 9 7 1 1 10
4   Uruguay 3 1 0 2 57 55 +2 5 6 1 1 6
5   Russia 3 1 0 2 45 79 -34 6 9 0 0 4
6   Portugal 3 0 0 3 37 104 -67 3 12 0 1 1
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

FixturesEdit

Matchday 1Edit

IRB Reports

8 June 2012
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Romania   29 – 9   Uruguay
Try: Lemnaru 70' c
Fercu 79' c
Con: Manole (2/2)
Pen: Calafeteanu (4/4) 8', 20', 27', 52'
Manole (1/1) 62'
Stats Pen: Ormaechea (2/2) 34', 60'
Drop: Berchesi (1/1) 57'

Referee: Andrew Small (England)

8 June 2012
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Russia   17 – 33   Italy A
Try: Otrokov 10' c
Babaev 19' m
Selskiy 31' m
Con: Sugrobov (1/3)
Stats Try: Chiesa (2) 6' m, 75' c
Bacchetti (2) 35' c, 39' c
Morelli 53' c
Con: Buso (2/3)
Chillon (2/2)
Pen: Buso (0/1)
Chillon (0/1)

8 June 2012
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Portugal   9 – 41   Argentina XV
Pen: Leal (3/4) 9', 35', 41'
Stats Try: Cortes 24' c
De La Fuente 25' c
López 54' c
Ahaulli 71' c
Masera 75' c
Con: Iglesias (3/3)
Madero (2/2)
Pen: Iglesias (2/3) 6', 60'

Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)

Matchday 2Edit

IRB Reports

12 June 2012
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Portugal   21 – 28   Italy A
Try: Aguilar 29' m
Uva 50' c
Con: Leal (1/2)
Pen: Leal (3/3) 6', 33', 64'
Stats Try: Bacchetti 40' m
Chillon 55' c
Barbini 60' c
Con: Chillon (2/3)
Pen: Chillon (3/4) 15', 20', 43'


12 June 2012
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Romania   23 – 21   Argentina XV
Try: Adascalitei 35' c
Fercu 48' c
Con: Manole (2/2)
Pen: Manole (3/3) 3', 14', 44'
Calafeteanu (0/1)
Stats Try: Masera 62' m
Madero 71' c
Con: Madero (1/2)
Pen: Madero (3/4) 8', 16', 27'

12 June 2012
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Russia   19 – 13   Uruguay
Try: Zykov 31' c
Kotov 39' m
Shakirov 49' c
Con: Sugrobov (2/3)
Stats Try: Arocena 6' c
Con: Durán (1/1)
Pen: Durán (1/3) 16'
Berchesi (1/2) 54'

Matchday 3Edit

IRB Reports

17 June 2012
16:00 EET (UTC+02)
Russia   9 – 33   Argentina XV
Pen: Sugrobov (3/3) 9', 13', 30'
Stats Try: Basile 70' c
Bollini 74' c
Ponce 79' c
Con: Madero (3/3)
Pen: Iglesias (4/4) 27', 32', 35', 49'
Madero (0/1) 67'

17 June 2012
18:00 EET (UTC+02)
Portugal   7 – 35   Uruguay
Try: Uva 57' c
Con: Leal (1/1)
Pen: Leal (0/2) 32', 39'
Stats Try: Sagario 29' c
Ormaechea 35' m
Soares 42' c
Mieres 78' c
Con: Ormaechea (2/3)
Berchesi (1/1)
Pen: Ormaechea (2/5) 13', 51'
Etcheverry (1/1) 19'
Drop: Berchesi (0/1)

17 June 2012
20:00 EET (UTC+02)
Romania   17 – 13   Italy A
Try: Manole 15' c
Penalty Try 70' c
Con: Manole (1/1)
Calafeteanu (1/1)
Pen: Manole (1/4) 6'
Calafeteanu (0/1)
Stats Try: Chiesa 75' c
Con: Chillon (1/1)
Pen: Buso (2/2) 3', 47'

Top scorersEdit

See alsoEdit

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