Lelos and Namibia eye history

Georgia coach Malkhaz Cheishvili is convinced his side will build on their heroics against Ireland by registering their first World Cup victory on Wednesday.

A heroic 14-10 defeat to Brian O’Driscoll’s side secured Georgia’s first ever tournament point and has lifted confidence levels to unprecedented heights.

They face fellow Pool D outsiders Namibia at Stade Felix Bollaert in Lens and both sides will be desperate to celebrate their first World Cup success.

“We’ve put together a very experienced team,” said Cheishvili.

“We’re heading directly to victory and we’ll certainly play a good game.

“Our focus has been a more tight and collective game.

“We’re focusing on keeping control of the ball as much as possible and directing the flow of the game.”

The rivals have met just once before with Georgia triumphing 26-18 during the IRB Nations Cup in June.

Namibia sit nine places lower in the IRB rankings at 24th and coach Hakkies Husselman knows his side starts as underdogs.

“Georgia is a tier two nation, so the odds are against us,” said Husselman.

“If we lose it will be expected, but it will an upset if we beat them.

“If we stick to our game plan and do what we practiced, then we can beat them. But at this level if you make a mistake, you concede a try.

“I think Georgia have played quite well. They lost 14-10 to Ireland and 33-3 to Argentina. They have had 10 days rest since last playing, while we’ve only had four.”

Namibia skipper Kees Lensing, who has been restored to the front row after recovering from a toe injury, has demanded once last push from his team.

“The guys are a bit disappointed after losing 63-3 to Argentina last weekend,” he said.

“It’s the end of the tour and the guys want to go home. We have one big job ahead and we want to go out and do our best.”


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