Weaver’s taking no chances against Romania

Telford Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver will urge his Great Britain team-mates to treat Romania with respect in today’s penultimate world championship encounter.

Weaver, 39, is part of a national side that currently sits second in the Division 1B group, following Wednesday afternoon’s 8-0 win over Lithuania in Zagreb.

They end the tournament with games against Romania today and finally Ukraine on Saturday, who are top of the table with nine points from three matches.

Romania, who were promoted from Division 2A last season, are bottom of the table without a win in the tournament.

Weaver, who is in Croatia alongside Tigers coach Tom Watkins, said: “It’s an old cliché but you really do have to take each game as it comes. You have to give Romania the respect they deserve.

“They are at the World Championship and they have to be treated accordingly. We need to go out there businesslike and hopefully put on a performance.

“We need to get a win and start thinking about Ukraine after that.”

Victory in both games would see Great Britain reach Division 1A – just one level below the likes of Canada, Russia and the United States.

Weaver, who netted his 20th international goal in the opening-night win over hosts Croatia, had special praise for ex-Telford Tigers player Ross Venus, who grabbed his first GB goal in Wednesday’s win.

He added: “The first time you score a goal is really special.

“It was a great moment for him and I am sure he is going to remember it for a long time.”

Great Britain are back in action today when they face Romania with a 1pm face-off (12noon UK time).

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