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Brits thwarted by Romanian comeback

1 March 2014

The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo Team’s 2014 European Championship qualification campaign came to an end with a battling 18-8 playoff defeat by Romania in Sunderland.

Aiming to turn around an 18-7 aggregate score from the first leg in Bucharest, the Brits made a great start against their more experienced opponents.

Goals from Ciaran James, Glen Robinson, Tom Curwen and Jake Vincent gave the home team a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Romania started establishing themselves in the second quarter but Britain held on and went into half time level at 6-6.

After that, the visitors seized control with seven unanswered scores as their fitness and experience told in the third and fourth quarters.

While Ciaran James completed a hat-trick for the home side with a third quarter effort, the Romanians ultimately pulled away in the third and seven unanswered scores in the fourth quarter sealed an 18-8 (3-5, 3-1, 5-1, 7-1) victory.

That completed a 36-15 aggregate victory for the visitors, who now qualify for this summer’s European Championships in Budapest in July.

British head coach Andrei Iosep said: “We played very well until the mid-point of the third quarter, but going into the game with such a deficit meant it was always going to be a difficult.

“Fitness and experience did come into it. Today’s game showed the difference between a team who practises once or twice a week and a team who practises 11 to 12 times a week.”

GB goalscorers: Ciaran James 3, Glen Robinson 2, Tom Curwen 2, Jake Vincent.

British Gas GBR Men's Water Polo Team

  1. Edward Scott (captain)
  2. Ciaran James
  3. Jake Vincent
  4. Alasdair Campbell
  5. Declan Thompson
  6. Jack Waller
  7. Glen Robinson
  8. Tom Curwen
  9. Joe O'Regan
  10. Jonny Kirk
  11. Carl Wyatt
  12. Chris Armstrong
  13. Matthew Holland
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