Georgia secure first 2011 Rugby World Cup win

Georgia won their first match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup when they beat Romania 25-9 at Manawatu in New Zealand.

In a penalty-strewn encounter, fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili grabbed 17 points
with the boot as flanker Mamuka Gorgodze scored the only try of the match early
in the second half.

It was just the second time that Georgia had won a World Cup match after they
defeated Namibia four years ago in France, and it sent Romania home with four
straight defeats.

“It was really the game we wanted to win,” said Georgian skipper
Irakli Abuseridze.

“It was very hard. I understand that for the Romanians it was really very
hard after only three days rest after England and hopefully it will be better
for the next time.”

Romanian captain Marius Tincu agreed that his side had been penalised by the
quick turnaround from the England game.

“But I congratulate Georgia who played well and were very physical,”
he said.

The Romanians made 10 changes to the side that lost heavily to England, sending
out 14 of the players who started against Scotland.

And Georgia made three changes to the team which went down 41-10 to England
with David Zirakashvili, Giorgi Chkhaidze and Lasha Khmaladze promoted to the
starting line

Romania started the stronger, but it was Georgia that opened the scoring when
fly-half Kvirikashvili nailed a 48-metre penalty kick.

Three minutes later Marin Dumbrava levelled for the Oaks with his second penalty
attempt after a Georgian offside.

With the penalty count spiralling, Kvirikashvili kicked three more and Dumbrava
sent over a second as they turned at half-time with Georgia 12-6 ahead.

Georgia took command of the match as the second half got under way and they
went 19-6 ahead after 56 minutes when powerhouse flanker Gorgodze bulldozed
his way over at the end of a 15-phase drive.

Watched by Prime Minister Nicolaz Gilauri, the Georgians withstood some fierce
Romanian pressure after which Kvirikashvili kicked his fifth penalty to seal
the victory.

Georgia finish their third World Cup campaign by taking on Argentina in Palmerston
North on Sunday, while Romania will head home winless.

Final Score Georgia 25 (12) Romania 9 (6)


Tries: Gorgodze
Conversions: Kvirikashvili
Penalties: Kvirikashvili 5,Urjukashvili

Penalties: Dumbrava 2, Vlaicu

Match Officials
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Television match official: Giulio De Santis (Italy)


Romania (15-1)

Iulian Dumitras; Stefan Eugen Ciuntu, Csaba Minya Gal, Tiberius Ionut Dimofte, Madalin Vlad Lemnaru; Marin Danut Dumbrava, Florin Surugiu; Daniel Carpo, Ovidiu Tonita, Mihai Macovei; Cristian Constantin Petre, Valentin Neculai Ursache; Paulica Ion, Marius Tincu (capt), Mihaita Alexandru Lazar

Replacements: Bogdan Zebega Suman, Silviu Florea, Valentin Poparlan, Daniel Gabriel Ianus, Valentin Nicolae Calafeteanu, Constantin Gheara, Florin Adrian Vlaicu

Georgia (15-1)

Lasha Khmaladze; Revaz Gigauri, David Kacharava, Tedo Zibzibadze, Alexander Todua; Merab Kvirikashvili, Irakli Abuseridze (capt); Dimitri Basilaia, Mamuka Gorgodze, Giorgi Chkhaidze; Vakhtang Maisuradze, Ilia Zedginidze; David Zirakashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, David Khinchagishvili

Replacements: Goderdzi Shvelidze, Vasil Kakovin, Levan Datunashvili, Givi Berishvili, Bidzina Samkharadze, Irakli Chkhikvadze, Malkhaz Urjukashvili

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