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GB contained in water polo opener

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29th July 2012

The Team GB men’s water polo team found the going tough against Romania in their opening match of London 2012.

The British men were playing at the Games for the first time since the 1956 Games in Melbourne and while they battled gamely, the Romanians pulled clear in the second quarter before securing a 13-4 victory.

We had some good spells but we'll learn from it.

The Brits knew the Romanians posed a significant threat, having lost to them 17-7 at the Dublin Cup warm-up competition earlier this month.

And the Brits found their opponents tougher to break down on the day, frustrated in centre forward position throughout.

Team GB head coach Cristian Iordache was adamant his players would learn important lessons from their opening match in London.

"We had some good spells but we'll learn from it," said Iordache.

"We don't look at the score. Just four years ago we would have been nowhere near the score today.

"We're here now and we want to continue to improve."

There was little to choose between the two sides in the opening quarter as captain Craig Figes converted a penalty to keep the Brits within a goal at 2-1 down.

But a second quarter shut-out and four goals in attack saw Romania pull clear, leaving Team GB with an uphill struggle.

Rob Parker netted a double for the Brits as the third quarter came to a close but Romania had added three of their own to lead 9-3 ahead of the final quarter.

And the Romanians refused to let up, scoring another four before Jack Waller scored the last goal of the game for GB.

"It was a relief to score the first goal in more than 50 years for Team GB," said Figes.

"But overall, I'm pleased with our effort and I feel we had our chances.

"They put away their chances and we didn't."

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