KUMAGAYA, 29 Sep – Georgia’s front five brought Uruguay back to earth by laying the foundations for a powerhouse 33-7 victory in their Pool D game at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
The South Americans’ celebrations after upsetting Fiji must have seemed a world away as they had no answer to Georgia’s big men.
After five minutes, Georgia opened up their rivals, with the livewire Gela Aprasidze dodging and weaving his way downfield and feeding player-of-the-match Otari Giorgadze, the Georgia number eight, who was pulled down within sight of the line.
With a virtually new line-up, Georgia had more urgency and drove forward relentlessly throughout the opening exchanges.
They were able to sustain momentum through a succession of penalties and, from a scrum in the eighth minute, with advantage played, they spun it wide for an unmarked winger Alexander Todua to cross easily.
Georgia looked likely to cross again after full-back Lasha Khmaladze launched a massive kick to give his side a lineout well inside the Uruguay 22, but they were thwarted when they conceded a penalty for an infringement in the contact area.
The biggest worry for Uruguay was their front five failing to match the dominant Georgia pack. Georgia forced one penalty after another at the scrum, and the referee warned the South Americans they were on the brink of losing a player to the sin-bin.
It was no surprise when Georgia’s second try came after 29 minutes, Giorgadze powering his way over under the posts, and Tedo Abzhandadze this time adding the extras.
Uruguay responded in style, Rodrigo Silva running the angle and Andres Vilaseca backing up brilliantly to post their first points in the 33rd minute, with Felipe Bercesi converting.
The usual sharp-shooter Berchesi failed with a difficult chance to cut the deficit to two with a penalty just before the break, at which the Georgians led 12-7.
Georgia extended their lead minutes into the second half, with the referee not having to consult the TMO when Levan Chilachava grounded the ball in the corner and Abzhandadze sent a difficult conversion straight through the uprights. At 19-7, Georgia were in control.
Uruguay, who had only four days between matches, were starting to wilt in the heat and Georgia had their bonus-point try in the 50th minut. Captain Jaba Bregvadze scored and Abzhandadze converted to make it 26-7.
When the fifth try came in the 58th minute there was no coming back from Uruguay, with Silva making a mess of a kick and Giorgi Kveseladze cashing in for another converted score. Shortly afterwards, Zura Dzneladze lost control of the ball over the line under pressure from Santiago Arata.
It summed up Uruguay’s day when they finished the match a man down, replacement Facundo Gattas being shown a red card for a high tackle on Shalva Sutiashvili.
Rugby World Cup Pool D
Match #16 – FULL TIME
GEORGIA 🇬🇪 3️⃣3️⃣ v 0️⃣7️⃣ 🇺🇾 URUGUAY
🇬🇪 GEORGIA – 3️⃣3️⃣
Tries: Alexander Todua (9′), Otar Giorgadze (30′), Levan Chilachava (43′), Jaba Bregvadze (51′), Giorgi Kveseladze (58′)
Conversions: Tedo Abzhandadze (30′,44′,52′,59′)
🇺🇾 URUGUAY – 0️⃣7️⃣
Try: Tedo Abzhandadze (30′)
Conversions: Felipe Berchesi (34′)
📕 Red Card : Facundo Gattas (77′)
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RR WORLD RANKINGS – During World Cup the RR Ranking Points are DOUBLED
GEO (on 73.29 points) -vs- URU (on 69.18 points) in a RWC match
|Possible Outcome||Rating Point
|GEO win by 1-15 points||1.178||74.47||68.00||No|
|GEO win by more than 15||1.767||75.06||67.41||No|
|result is a draw||0.822||72.47||70.00||No|
|URU win by 1-15 points||2.822||70.47||72.00||Yes|
|URU win by more than 15||4.233||69.06||73.41||Yes|
1 Guram Gogichashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze (capt.), 3 Levan Chilachava, 4 Lasha Lomidze, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili, 7 Beka Saginadze, 8 Otari Giorgadze, 9 Gela Aprasidze, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 11 Alexander Todua, 12 Lasha Malaguradze, 13 Giorgi Kveseladze, 14 Zura Dzneladze, 15 Lasha Khmaladze
Replacements: 16 Vano Karkadze, 17 Beka Gigashvili, 18 Giorgi Melikidze, 19 Mamuka Gorgodze, 20 Beka Gorgadze, 21 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 22 Merab Sharikadze, 23 Soso Matiashvili
1 Mateo Sanguinetti, 2 German Kessler, 3 Juan Pedro Rombys, 4 Ignacio Dotti, 5 Manuel Leindekar, 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (capt.), 7 Santiago Civetta, 8 Alejandro Nieto, 9 Santiago Arata, 10 Felipe Berchesi, 11 Rodrigo Silva, 12 Andrés Vilaseca, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 14 Nicolás Freitas, 15 Gastón Mieres
Replacements: 16 Facundo Gattas, 17 Juan Echeverría, 18 Diego Arbelo, 19 Diego Magno, 20 Juan Diego Ormaechea, 21 Manuel Ardao, 22 Agustín Ormaechea, 23 Leandro Leivas
Date: Sunday, September 29
Venue: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Alexandre Ruiz (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)