Ireland ease past Georgia in Dublin

Ireland will move up to fourth place overtaking England after they beat Georgia 49-7 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Sunday.

England’s loss to South Africa coupled with Ireland’s victory will see Ireland overtake England in the IRB rankings.

The victory is Six nations champions Ireland’s sixth successive win under coach
Joe Schmidt who has his team building nicely a year out from the Rugby World
Cup.

Ireland fullback Feliz Jones scored two of Ireland’s in a match which the hosts
struggled in the first half but then found their game in the second half as
Georgia tired.

Fly-half Ian Madigan contributed 19 points for an Ireland side — which had
13 changes to the starting line-up from the one that beat the South Africans
last weekend — against a resilient Georgian side that was let down by ill discipline
and saw two players sin-binned.

The Georgins too had to play the last 20 minutes with 14 men as they had used
up all their replacments and had to remove fly-half Lasha Khmaladze from the
pitch when they sent him on for his injured replecement.

“That was amateur night,” admitted Georgia’s New Zealand coach Milton
Haig.

“Sadly those are the rules and we had used up all our replacements and
they wouldn’t let us send Lasha back on.”

Jones was delighted with his scores.

“Always good to score it boosts you after the injuries I had down the
years. But I was well set up by the others,” he said.

“At half-time Joe Schmidt said we had to up the tempo because they were
at our heels.

“Fair dues to them they really got at us. However, this win still gives
us some momentum ahead of Australia.”

The Irish — who face Australia in their final November test next Saturday
— will move above England in the world rankings.

Georgia had the early pressure and were rewarded with a penalty in the sixth
minute as the Irish scrum cracked under pressure and prop Mike Ross was penalised.

However, Georgia’s all-time points scorer fullback Merab Kvirikashvili, a veteran
of the 2007 World Cup game where Ireland squeaked it 14-10, sent his penalty
wide.

The Irish were stung into action by this strong start by the Georgians and
started stringing together some good moves and came away with three points as
Ian Madigan slotted over a penalty in the 12th minute.

Ireland had the wind in their sails and a storming run by prop Dave Kilcoyne
took them deep into Georgian territory but veteran centre Gordon D’Arcy — playing
his 80th test — was brilliantly tackled short of the line.

The hosts, though, won a penalty in front of the posts and Madigan converted
for 6-0.

However, despite the numerous opportunities presented to the Irish the hosts
failed to kill the game off, twice being penalised for not releasing the ball
and winger Craig Gilroy dropping the ball with the tryline beckoning.

Referee JP Doyle’s patience finally ran out with continual Georgian infringements
and sent scrum-half Giorgi Begadze to the sin bin on the stroke of half-time
— Madigan converting the penalty for 9-0 to at least give the hosts a boost
at the end of a deeply disappointing first-half performance.

For all their courage Georgia one man down paid the price early on in the second-half
as Kilcoyne was unstoppable in running in from five yards out for his first
try for his country — Madigan converted for 16-0.

His fellow front rower South Africa-born hooker Richardt Strauss — who has
undergone heart surgery in the past — added a second try just as Begadze returned
to the fray and Madigan converted for 23-0.

The Georgians, though, were far from cowed and hit back with a well-worked
try as Begadze made a good break and offloaded to lock Giorgi Nemsadze, who
ran in under the pos

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