RWC: Georgia v Fiji (Pool D)



  • Fiji
    1 Campese Ma'afu
    2 Samuel Matavesi
    3 Manasa Saulo
    4 Tevita Cavubati
    5 Leone Nakarawa
    6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (capt.)
    7 Semi Kunatani
    8 Peceli Yato
    9 Frank Lomani
    10 Ben Volavola
    11 Semi Radradra
    12 Lepani Botia
    13 Waisea Nayacalevu
    14 Josua Tuisova
    15 Kini Murimurivalu

    16 Tuvere Vugakoto
    17 Eroni Mawi
    18 Peni Ravai
    19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa
    20 Viliame Mata
    21 Nikola Matawalu
    22 Jale Vatubua
    23 Josh Matavesi

    Fiji coach John McKee has made 11 changes to his team for Fiji's Pool D match against Georgia on Thursday 3 October. 
    
    Only Manasa Saulo, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, and Semi Radradra return following the surprise 30-27 defeat by Uruguay. 
    
    McKee has largely reverted to the selection which lost to Australia in the Flying Fijians' opening match, his line-up containing 13 players who started the 39-21 defeat.
    
    The only changes from that day's starting XV are prop Manasa Saulo, who comes in for Peni Ravai, and Semi Kunatani, who has recovered from injury to make his Rugby World Cup debut in place of Viliame Mata. 
    

    https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/492251



  • Georgia

    1 Mikheil Nariashvili
    2 Shalva Mamukashvili
    3 Beka Gigashvili
    4 Giorgi Nemsadze
    5 Konstantine Mikautadze
    6 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili
    7 Mamuka Gorgodze
    8 Beka Gorgadze
    9 Vasil Lobzhanidze
    10 Lasha Khmaladze
    11 Alexander Todua
    12 Merab Sharikadze (capt.)
    13 David Kacharava
    14 Giorgi Kveseladze
    15 Soso Matiashvili

    16 Jaba Bregvadze
    17 Guram Gogichashvili
    18 Levan Chilachava
    19 Otari Giorgadze
    20 Beka Saginadze
    21 Gela Aprasidze
    22 Lasha Malaguradze
    23 Miriani Modebadze

    Georgia have made 11 changes for the game against Fiji in Hanazono on Thursday, with Merab Sharikadze returning as captain to the starting XV for the crucial Pool D encounter.
    
    His steady hand will underpin a more familiar-looking line-up, after coach Milton Haig rotated the squad in the opening defeat to Wales and the win over Uruguay.
    
    Centre Sharikadze is the third player to lead Georgia at Rugby World Cup 2019. Mikheil Nariashvili took the captaincy against Wales, as Sharikadze nursed a knee injury. Jaba Bregvadze led the Lelos against Uruguay, with Sharikadze on the bench.
    
    Georgia are third in Pool D, just one point behind Australia, and will see this as a much-win game.
    
    Young number eight Otari Giorgadze drops to the bench after a huge effort in the rampaging Georgian scrum that Uruguay found so hard to stop.
    
    Georgia will again be hoping for set-piece dominance against a team known for playing a much looser style.
    

    https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/492248



  • A BP win for Georgia will really put the cat amongst the pigeons



  • Wet weather making the chase for a bonus point difficult



  • I'm enjoying this game.

    No idea why ref's aren't carding people, goes against world rugby direction



  • Fiji have been better in this game but are getting sloppy when they get on attack.



  • @nzzp said in RWC: Georgia v Fiji (Pool D):

    I'm enjoying this game.

    No idea why ref's aren't carding people, goes against world rugby direction

    Fucking hell does it what! That hit by Fiji's right wing was a terrible shot. And Fiji 12 clutching his jaw but nothing.



  • @NTA said in RWC: Georgia v Fiji (Pool D):

    @nzzp said in RWC: Georgia v Fiji (Pool D):

    I'm enjoying this game.

    No idea why ref's aren't carding people, goes against world rugby direction

    Fucking hell does it what! That hit by Fiji's right wing was a terrible shot. And Fiji 12 clutching his jaw but nothing.

    and now bloody Fiji at it again. Totally accidental yes, but World Rugby just want consistency. W hat's the point of a framework if refs ignore it?

    Bizarre.

    Edit: not fussed about Fiji - just the consistency and contrast between public statements and how things are being reffed



  • Also, how good could this Fijian side be if they had decent adminstrators and a coach like Hansen or Henry. Would be amazing to see what they could do, just full of freakish athletes



  • Reckon that was a forward pass for Fiji's first try actually



  • Radrada is having a stormer



  • I'm still baffled as to how Fiji lost to Uruguay.



  • @African-Monkey said in RWC: Georgia v Fiji (Pool D):

    I'm still baffled as to how Fiji lost to Uruguay.

    They switched off mentally, showboated, and didn't take them seriously. Uruguay tackled like their lives depended onit, and snatched every chance they got.

    But yeah, the physical mismatch was remarkable



  • Jeez rough penalty to Fiji I thought. Hooker went off his feet initially



  • Nothing about this will scare Wales



  • @nzzp Yeah I get that, but they should never have let it happen. It was an embarrassment.



  • Three try assists to semi now?



  • Aw fucking huge from the old bloke. Nice one Godzilla.

    If Georgia stopped pausing every ruck they'd have more tries.



  • Fijians are getting better the longer this game goes

    That last try great



  • Semi Radradra is a fucking weapon, doubt there is a more dangerous runner of the football getting around right now.


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