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RWC Update: Tonga v Georgia

RWC Update: Tonga v Georgia

VIBE

Before the truly brilliant and surprising result of the match between the Brave Blossoms v Springboks, this was the first ‘surprise’ of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.  Most punters expected Tonga to take this match, but a massive effort from Georgia saw them making more than 210 tackles to the Tongans 48, and it was this defensive effort that saw them victorious.  Tonga had two tries disallowed (one in the shadow of half time and another in the second half) that certainly impacted their psyche and the Georgians finished the match with only 14 men as full-back Merab Kvirikashvili was binned.

This was only the third win by Georgia at a World Cup (1 in 2007 and 1 in 2011), but it is on the back of five straight wins of the European Nations Cup (winning 7 years from 8).  The deft hand of Kiwi coach Milton Haig has been guiding the Lelos for four years now, and their set piece has been a focus. The Georgian forwards should be bloody proud of themselves.

SCORE

10-17
(3-10 at half time)

INCIDENTS OF NOTE

Tonga’s two disallowed tries hurt them, but physically they couldn’t match it with the Georgian scrum.

FEAST YOUR EYES

A gorgeous forwards try by Man of the Match and Georgian captain Mamuka Gorgodze saw him crash over near the posts.

 

SHOULD I BOTHER WATCHING IT?

Pool C in the Rugby World Cup looks to be a lock for New Zealand and Argentina, but this match delivered some fantastic scrums, particularly from Georgia, so if watching two packs leaving nothing out there, make the time (after watching SA v JAP of course!). Georgia v Argentina will be an interesting match of the packs.

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  • Nick

    I don’t understand how Tonga seem so far behind Fiji and Samoa. Almost every attacking chance they had they would drop the ball. It was painful and must have really sucked the life out of them. Georgia were clinical rather than spectacular but that’s usually good enough in tournament Rugby. Thanks for the article.

  • Kevino

    The Size of the Georgian forwards is remarkable, they will challenge any pack in the World Cup. Just don’t have the backs to match it.

  • Nutta

    Cheers for the write up Kate.

  • Kate Elizabeth

    Thanks Reg! The battle of the forwards (always my favourite part of a match) was really solid.

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