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Preview | Tbilisi Cup | Georgia vs Spain

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Sat 14 June
17:00 GET / 13:00 GMT – Georgia v Spain
19:00 GET / 15:00 GMT – Emerging Italy v Argentina Jaguars

The Tbilisi Cup commences this Saturday, 14 June in the Georgian Cup Division 1A rivals Georgia meet Spain at Avchala Stadium. Georgia and Spain last met in ENC Division 1A in Madrid in March and Georgia came out on top, 24-17.

Funded by the International Rugby Board, the Tbilisi Cup plays an important high-performance role for participating nations and for the ongoing growth of Rugby in Georgia. This is the second year the competition has been staged after the success of last year’s inaugural competition which saw South Africa President’s XV take the spoils.

Tough opener

Georgia coach Milton Haig is looking forward to the opportunity to blood some new players as he continues preparations ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup. “We are missing a few frontline players but this is a chance for us to grow our side and create more depth,” said the Kiwi.

“There is still plenty of experience in our squad this year and the team understands our expectations. It is important we get off to a good start against Spain on Saturday in what will be a tough first game.”

For Spain coach Santiago Santos the tournament is also vital in terms of squad development. “Our focus now is building for the World Cup in 2019. It is a pleasure to be here and competing against Georgia, Italy and Argentina. The players will give it their all.”

Pablo Feijoo, scrum half and captain of the Spanish squad, knows that his side will have their work cut out in their opening match against the host team. “It is a really tough game to start off with, we are here to build a team in the lead up to the World Cup in 2019, which we are targeting after failing to qualify for next year’s tournament in England.

“We have a young, inexperienced side but we will be courageous, confident and fight against Georgia. We know it will be a tough game but we are here to develop our rugby and improve as well.”

Last 10 Games played between the Georgia and Spain
8-Mar-14 Spain 17 – 24 Georgia
9-Mar-13 Georgia 61 – 18 Spain
11-Feb-12 Spain 25 – 18 Georgia
12-Feb-11 Georgia 60 – 00 Spain
27-Feb-10 Georgia 17 – 9 Spain
28-Feb-09 Spain 11 – 55 Georgia
26-Apr-08 Georgia 22 – 20 Spain
17-Mar-07 Spain 31 – 17 Georgia
28-Oct-06 Georgia 37 – 23 Spain
22-Feb-04 Spain 6 – 6 Georgia

Overall Stats Georgia

Overall Stats Spain
Games Played 14 Games Played 14
*Games Won 10 *Games Won 3
*Games Lost 3 *Games Lost 10
Games Drawn 1 Games Drawn 1
*Longest Winning Streak 4 *Longest Winning Streak 1
*Longest Losing Streak 1 *Longest Losing Streak 4
*Largest Points For 61 *Largest Points For 36
*Largest Points Against 36 *Largest Points Against 61
*Largest Winning Margin 60 *Largest Winning Margin 14
*Largest Losing Margin -14 *Largest Losing Margin -60
*Total Points For 460 *Total Points For 227
*Avg Points For 32.86 *Avg Points For 16.21
*Total Points Against 227 *Total Points Against 460
*Avg Points Against 16.21 *Avg Points Against 32.86
*Total Points Difference 233 *Total Points Difference -233
*Avg Points Difference 16.64 *Avg Points Difference -16.64
* = By Georgia * = By Spain

POSSIBLE RR World Rankings outcome on Result

GEO (on 70.64 points) at home -vs- ESP (on 60.64 points)

Possible Outcome Rating Point
Will ESP
overtake GEO?
If GEO win by 1-15 points 0.000 70.64 60.64 No
If GEO win by more than 15 0.000 70.64 60.64 No
If result is a draw 1.000 69.64 61.64 No
If ESP win by 1-15 points 2.000 68.64 62.64 No
If ESP win by more than 15 3.000 67.64 63.64 No


Georgia: Beka Tsiklauri; Tamaz Mchedlidze, Davit Kacharava, Rezo Gigauri, Alexander Todua; Lasha Malaguradze, Giorgi Begadze;  Zurab Zhvania, Shalva Mamukashvili, Davit Kubriashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Kote Mikautadze, Shalva Sutiashili ©, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Dimitri Basilaia.

Replacements: Simon Maisuradze, Giorgi Mchedlishvili, Lasha Lomidze, Givi Berishvili, Giorgi Rokhvadze, Lasha Khmaladze, Murazi Giorgadze

Spain: Javier Carrion; Alberto Diaz, Ignacio Gutierrez Muller, Daniel Snee, Segio Fernanadez; Mariano Garcia, Facundo Munilla; Francisco Javier Sanz;, Juan Anaya, Jesus Moreno, Alejandro Blanco, Victor Sanchez, Manuel Mora, Adam Newton, Jaime Nava ©

Replacements: Gabriel Agustin Ortiz, Romain Asensi, Guillermo Espinos,  Jose Luis Del Valle, Francisco Coplet,  Alejandro Gutierrez Muller, Pablo Fontes

IRB Tbilisi Cup 2014 Fixtures (all times are local)

IRB Tbilisi Cup 2014 Fixtures (all times are local)

Saturday, June 14
17:00 – Georgia v Spain
19:00 – Emerging Italy v Argentina Jaguars

Wednesday, June 18
17:00 – Georgia v Argentina Jaguars
19:00 – Emerging Italy v Spain

Sunday, June 22
17:00 – Georgia v Emerging Italy
19:00 – Argentina Jaguars v Spain



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