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Georgia have taken the wind out of Uruguay’s sails, bringing them back down to Earth after their unexpected victory over Fiji last week by inflicting a 33-7 defeat on the South Americans.
Week two of the Rugby World Cup sees Georgia taking on fellow minnows Uruguay in this Pool D fixture. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 3:15pm (AEST).
Uruguay’s giant-killing win over Pacific Island powerhouse Fiji a few days ago has thrown the race for third place (and automatic qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup) in Pool D wide open, with Uruguay, Georgia and Fiji all a genuine chance of finishing in that position.
The Uruguayans, currently in the coveted third position, are in the box seat to seal their qualification for the 2023 tournament after their win over Fiji. However, the Georgians will be no walkover. They have a relatively strong domestic competition and have represented at every world cup since 2003.
The Georgians will certainly fancy their chances against Uruguay. They will take plenty of confidence out of their earlier defeat at the hands of Wales in which they managed to score two second-half tries while conceding just 6 – a great effort considering the gulf in class between the two nations.
The last meeting between these two sides – way back in 2013 in an IRB Tbilisi Cup fixture – saw Georgia emerge victorious 19-10.
With few survivors from that game in either team, that result will not mean much – this is very much a clean slate for both sides.
I expect Uruguay will be too strong and will have too much confidence after their win over Fiji. But with third place in the group well and truly up for grabs, it will certainly be a close game.
Uruguay by 7.
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Where: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
When: 3:15pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports
Streaming: Kayo Sports
Lasha Khmaladze, Zura Dzneladze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Lasha Malaguradze, Alexander Todua, Tedo Abzhandadze, Gela Aprasidze, Otari Giorgadze, Beka Saginadze, Shalva Sutiashvili, Konstantine Mikautadze, Lasha Lomidze, Levan Chilachava, Jaba Bregvadze, Guram Gogichashvili
Reserves: Vano Karkadze, Beka Gigashvili, Giorgi Melikidze, Mamuka Gorgodze, Beka Gorgadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Merab Sharikadze, Soso Matiashvili
Gaston Mieres, Nicolas Freitas, Juan Manuel Cat, Andres Vilaseca, Rodrigo Silba, Felipe Berchesi, Santiago Arata, Alejandro Nieto, Santiago Civetta, Juan Gaminara, Manuel Leindekar, Ignacio Dotti, Juan Rombys, German Kessler, Mateo Sanguinetti
Reserves: Facundo Gattas, Juan Echeverria, Diego Arbelo Garcia, Diego Magno, Juan Diego Ormaechea, Manuel Arado, Augustin Ormaechea, Leandro Leivas