Georgia return from Pacific Islands unbeaten

  • Georgia increased claims for their inclusion in the Six Nations following unbeaten tour
  • Fly-half Lasha Khmaladze scored the only try as Georgia beat Fiji 14-3
  • Georgia, ranked 12th in the world, had drawn 19-19 with 14th-ranked Samoa and beaten 15th-ranked Tonga 23-20
Georgia return from their tour of the Pacific Islands unbeaten, after securing a 14-3 point victory over Fiji in their final match

Georgia, ranked 12th in the world, had drawn 19-19 with 14th-ranked Samoa and had beaten 15th-ranked Tonga 23-20 before ending their tour on a high note on Friday with victory over 10th-ranked Fiji.

The teams went to halftime locked at 3-3, before Khmaladze’s try soon after the break gave Georgia a lead they refused to surrender.

Fullback Merab Kvirikashvili opened the scoring with a penalty that was quickly answered by Fijian halfback Ben Volavola.

Kvirikashvili missed the conversion of Khmaladze’s try but added two more penalties, including one in the last minute which clinched the win.


Fiji: 15 Benito Masilevu, 14 Savenaca Rawaca, 13 Adriu Delai, 12 Eroni Vasiteri, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Eremasi Radrodro, 7 Mosese Voka, 6 Naulia Dawai, 5 Tevita Cavubati, 4 Savenaca Tabakanalagi, 3 Taniela Koroi, 2 Sunia Koto (c), 1 Peni Ravai
Replacements: 16 Viliame Veikoso, 17 Campese Maáfu, 18 Mesake Doge, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Malakai Ravulo, 21 Henry Seniloli, 22 Seremaia Bai, 23 Vereniki Goneva
Georgia: 15 Merab Kvirikashvili, 14 Giorgi Pruidze, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze, 11 Sandro Todua, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Giorgi Begadze, 8 Beka Bitsadze, 7 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili (c), 5 Giorgi Nemsadze, 4 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 3 Irakli Mirtskhulava, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Zurab Zhvania, 18 Nikoloz Khatiashvili, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Lasha Lomidze, 21 Vazha Khutsishvili, 22 Lasha Malaghuradze, 23 Saba Shubitidze

 

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