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2015/09/19 | 13:00 |  Rugby World Cup | Kingsholm |  Full Time
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As it happened: Tonga 10 - 17 Georgia

2015-09-19 12:14
Last Updated at 13:21
19 Sep 14:59
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19 Sep 14:58
80' GEORGIA WIN! Georgia have beaten Tonga 17-10 in Saturday's opening World Cup match. 
19 Sep 14:56
80'  Georgia win a scrum penalty inside their own 22 and that should be enough for them to win the game.
19 Sep 14:55
80'  Tonga lose possession after their throw into the lineout wasn't straight! Criminal at this stage! 
19 Sep 14:54
79'  Tonga penalty and they knock it into touch. LAST CHANCE!
19 Sep 14:52
77' Lasha Malaguradze misses the penalty and Tonga are still alive! 
19 Sep 14:51
76' Scrum penalty and now Georgia have a chance to go 10 points clear!
19 Sep 14:49
73'  Conversion is good Kurt Morath adds the extra two and it's Tonga 10-17 Georgia. 
19 Sep 14:48
73'  Georgia's Merab Kvirikashvili has been yellow carded for his role in the build-up to the try
19 Sep 14:47
72' This time there is no dount! Fetu'u Vainikolo goes over in the left corner after a sustained Tonga attack. Tonga 8 - 17 Georgia. 
19 Sep 14:45
71' TRY Tonga! 
19 Sep 14:43
69'  Another penalty to Tonga, who set up the lineout once more. They're running out of time now. 
19 Sep 14:39
67'  Georgia win the ball back after a knock on! Their defence has been amazing! 
19 Sep 14:38
66' Tonga set up a lineout ...
19 Sep 14:38
66' Georgia give away another penalty and have been warned that the next one will be a yellow card ...
19 Sep 14:36
65'  NO TRY! Siale Piutau didn't have control over the ball. We'll come back for a Tonga penalty where they set up ANOTHER lineout.  
19 Sep 14:35
65'  We've gone upstairs again to check Siale Piutau's grounding.
19 Sep 14:34
19 Sep 14:33
64' Another Tongan lineout 5m out from Georgia's tryline. 
19 Sep 14:33
64' 21 phases of Tonga attacking inside the Georgian 22 sees them win another penalty. This defence is ferocious! 
19 Sep 14:30
61'  Tonga set up the lineout ... 
19 Sep 14:29
61' Penalty to Tonga 22m out. Surely they have to go for the try. 
19 Sep 14:28
60'  Georgia turn the ball over and knock Tonga right back towards their own try line.
19 Sep 14:27
58' Merab Kvirikashvili adds the extra two from the left touchline and Georgia now look good for the win with a 17-3 lead. 
19 Sep 14:26
57' TRY! Georgian flank Giorgi Tkhilaishvili dives over in the corner to round off a breathtaking Georgian counter attack! It's Tonga 3 - 15 Georgia. 
19 Sep 14:24
19 Sep 14:24
56'  The Georgian defence continues to be the difference here.
19 Sep 14:19
53'  Tonga have turned to their bench now as they look to find a way back into this game.
19 Sep 14:18
52'  Another penalty to Georgia and this time they find touch inside the Tonga 22m area. 
19 Sep 14:17
51' Merab Kvirikashvili misses the penalty and it stays Tonga 3 - 10 Georgia. How costly will that prove?    
19 Sep 14:16
50'  Penalty to Georgia after a maul 40-odd metres out and they can extend their lead here. 
19 Sep 14:12
46'  Tonga turn the ball over but then knock it on looking to counter! Scrum to Georgia 22m out. 
19 Sep 14:11
45' Georgia now have a lineout on the Tongan 22m line
19 Sep 14:09
44'  Georgia turn the ball over and now have a srcum about 30 metres out. 
19 Sep 14:08
43'  Kurt Morath misses touch with a penalty and Tonga lose massive distance
19 Sep 14:05
It's Tonga 3 - 10 Georgia as Georgia kick off the second half ...
19 Sep 13:54
It's been a scrappy, physical battle so far and if it carries on that way in the second half Georgia will be a happy bunch. Tonga have shown none of the flair we expected from them. 
19 Sep 13:50
HT: Georgia win the scrum penalty and boot the ball into touch. At half-time it's Tonga 3 - 10 Georgia. Join us for the second half in a little bit! 
19 Sep 13:49
40'  Viliami Ma'afu thought he had scored but the pass he received was deemed to have been forward. Tough call! 
19 Sep 13:48
39'  TRY Tonga! wait ... Nigel Owens has called a forward pass! 
19 Sep 13:48
38' Tonga win a scrum penalty! Kurt Morath denies the opportunity for points and sets up a lineout. 
19 Sep 13:44
37'  Tonga bashing away through the phases but again the Georgia defence is solid enough. Scrum to Tonga about 15 metres out now. 
  • 80'

    Big scrum needed from Tonga, but it''s all Georgia as they win the penalty. Seconds left, Malaguradze kicks to touch. Last play at the lineout. Won by Tonga! But the ball goes loose and is booted out by Begadze as Georgia win! Amazing scenes as Gorgodze runs to the crowd to grab a Georgian flag and the players huddle together - a shock but deserved win from the Lelos at Kingsholm! Their first over Tonga since 1999.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    Minute to go with Tonga well positioned... but the lineout isn't straight! Disaster for Tonga. Georgia now with the scrum and the chance to run down the clock.

  • 78'

    Tonga pinned back in their own 22, charging over halfway after Lilo's run. Penalty, Gorgodze penalised for a high tackle. Tonga going to the corner!

  • 77'

    ...he misses! Wide to the left of the posts. Tonga still have time.

  • 76'

    Controlled scrum from Georgia and Gorgodze points to the posts straight away. Malaguradze to take it with Kvirikashvili off the field...

  • 75'

    Wide pass from Piutau to Vainikolo stops Tonga's latest attack, pressure cranking up in the final five minutes.

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, TONGA, MORATH! 10-17: Important kick for the fly-half and he gets it from out on the touchline!

  • 72'

    YELLOW CARD, GEORGIA, KVIRIKASHVILI! It gets worse for Georgia as they go down to 14 men, with a yellow card for full-back Kvirikashvili!

  • 70'

    TRY, TONGA, VAINIKOLO! 8-17: Tonga still camped inside Georgia's half, desperate for a score. Looking to score through Vainikolo but the winger is stopped short. Clever inside ball for Veainu who can't find a way through. Out wide again and a fine pass from Ma'afu puts Vainikolo in at the corner - they're not out of this one yet!

  • 68'

    Scrum penalty to Georgia! Binding on the arm the call from Nigel Owens. Chance for Kvirikashvili to clear to touch.

  • 67'

    Knocked on by Tonga in the tackle five metres out from the Georgia line. Scrum to the Lelos.

  • 66'

    Tonga go to their maul looking for a try and Georgia cough up another penalty, as Nigel Owens speaks to the captain Gorgodze.

  • 65'

    Tonga go to touch from the penalty, knowing they need tries. Piutau could be in! Upstairs to the TMO we go...

  • 65'

    Piutau was chasing through on Morath's kick but he can't ground the ball, as Tonga are denied by the TMO for the second time. They do have a penalty though, Morath kicking to the corner.

  • 63'

    Tonga fighting their way back into this one, positioned less than ten metres from Georgia's line. Now five metres, using their forwards to drive around the fringes. Morath across the field but it goes dead, coming back for the penalty.

  • 61'

    Lineout won by Tonga and Morath clears. Ball back with Tonga who are running well through Piutau, and they win a penalty for a high tackle.

  • 60'

    Clever kick from Lobzhanidze right into the corner, pinning Tonga back in their half after Georgia win the turnover.

  • 58'

    CONVERSION, GEORGIA, KVIRIKASHVILI! 3-17: Big lead now for Georgia, who haven't defeated Tonga since they last met in 1999!

  • 57'

    TRY, GEORGIA, TKHILAISHVILI! 3-15: Georgia on the charge, super carry from Zirakashvili gets them on the front foot. Out wide to Tkhilaishvili who powers his way over for the score! Fine try.

  • 55'

    Important tackle from Latu as he holds the play up to win a scrum for Tonga inside their half. Defence holding there.

  • 53'

    Georgia try to attack the blindside through Lobzhanidze but it doesn't come off, handing Tonga a scrum of their own inside their 22.

  • 52'

    Tonga with an attack but they get isolated at the ruck and are penalised for holding on. Frustrating afternoon for Latu's men so far. Kvirikashvili finds touch.

  • 50'

    Effort from Kvirikashvili fades just to the left of the posts, and that wasn't a difficult chance. Georgia still lead by ten points.

  • 49'

    Mailau struggling at the scrum for Tonga as Georgia win another penalty.

  • 47'

    Turnover ball from Tonga in their 22 but then Helu's pass is a poor one out wide, giving a Georgia an attacking scrum.

  • 46'

    Blindside break from Gorgodze but his offload is intercepted by Takulua who is promptly bundled into touch. Georgia lineout.

  • 44'

    Georgia's counter-rucking wins them a put-in at the scrum, Tonga losing out in the battle up front.

  • 42'

    Lineout for Tonga on halfway but big defence stops their progress. Advantage for the Pacific Island side and they'll now get a chance to kick to touch.

  • 40'

    Georgia clear to touch and that will be half-time! A tough battle upfront as we expected, with Tonga's penalty count and handling errors letting them down. Georgia have impressed with the way they've controlled the territory and took their try well. Second half coming up!

  • 40'


  • 40'

    Both sides are back out for the second half as Kvirikashvili does the honours.

  • 39'

    Ma'afu thinks he's scored... but Nigel Owens calls the play back for a forward pass from Latu! Looked like a well-worked try and possibly even a flat pass, but it doesn't matter now. Scrum for Georgia, who then win a penalty.

  • 38'

    Play on, no offence. However, Georgia are penalised for collapsing the scrum but rather than take the points, Morath kicks to the corner.

  • 37'

    TMO currently looking for a dangerous neck roll at the ruck...

  • 36'

    Better from Tonga, Kalamafoni running hard as Georgia knock on trying to turn the ball over. Attacking scrum for Tonga now in the opposition 22.

  • 34'

    Good scrum from Georgia before Mchedlidze tries a chip and chase. Easy for Lilo who fires long into touch.

  • 33'

    Helu drops an easy pass, Tonga's handling also a problem in this first half. Scrum for Georgia.

  • 31'

    Tonga looking for a quick response inside Georgia's half. But it's a penalty for Georgia! Lokotui goes off his feet at the ruck and the penalty count is starting to hurt Tonga.

  • 30'

    CONVERSION, GEORGIA, KVIRIKASHVILI! 3-10: Easy two points from in front of the posts as Georgia further their lead.

  • 29'

    TRY, GEORGIA, GORGODZE! 3-8: It's given! Officials checked whether Gorgodze was offside when he picked up the ball and dived for the line, but as the last man at the ruck he was legal and gets the first try. Great power from the captain.

  • 28'

    Possible try! Gorgodze looks to have grounded the ball against the post but the TMO will confirm...

  • 27'

    Clever kick into the corner from Malaguradze as Georgia just start to control the territory, roared on by their fans. Chance here.

  • 25'

    Lineout won by Mikautadze as Goergia attack. Turned over tough and cleared by Tonga, before Latu puts in a big hit on Aptsiauri. Malaguradze bounces a kick across the field into touch but Tonga take it quickly and kick upfield.

  • 23'

    Good defence from Georgia forces Tonga into conceding a penalty for holding on. The Lelos clear.

  • 21'

    Tonga starting to look dangerous as they reach seven phases outside the Georgia 22, but the ball is turned over! Cleared away and then Tkhilaishvili misses the return kick and watches it bounce into touch deep in his own 22. Tonga with a big chance here.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, GEORGIA, KVIRIKASHVILI! 3-3: That's better - clean strike and we're all square.

  • 18'

    Georgia on a full out attack as Malaguradze chips to the corner looking for Mchedlidze, but it doesn't come off so we come back for the penalty. Second chance for Kvirikashvili.

  • 17'

    Tonga building steadily before play is stopped, as Nigel Owens speaks to his touch judge... Latu penalised for a swinging arm going into the ruck! Georgia kick towards the Tongan 22.

  • 16'

    Athletic take from Gorgodze at the tail of the lineout but then Georgia knock on, ending their attack. Tonga with a chance to clear.

  • 14'

    Tactical kicking from both sides before Gorgodze knocks on, but the Lelos have a penalty after Kalamafoni is caught out for a high tackle.

  • 12'

    Very poor miss from Kvirikashvili from right in front of the posts! Tonga still lead 3-0.

  • 11'

    Big power from Georgia at the scrum and then Gorgodze's carry earns them a kickable penalty.

  • 10'

    Accidental offside from Tonga at the restart, handing Georgia a scrum.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, TONGA, MORATH! 3-0: Classy strike from the number ten and it's Tonga who lead in Gloucester.

  • 8'

    Tonga fail to build from their set-piece and concede a scrum, but this time it's Georgia who are penalised for dropping their bind! Chance for Morath to land the first points.

  • 6'

    Aulika penalised for Tonga but Georgia miss touch from the kick, allowing Tonga to win back possession in their own half. Advantage to Tonga after Georgia fail to roll away. Morath finds touch about 30 metres out from Georgia's line.

  • 5'

    Dangerous attack from Tonga but the pass to Helu is forward. Scrum to Georgia and a chance for them to show their power.

  • 4'

    Danger cleared by Georgia before Morath threads a long kick deep into Georgia's half... too long. The Lelos will take the drop out.

  • 2'

    Georgia clear the ball from the restart before Zirakashvili concedes a penalty at the breakdown. Tonga kick to touch.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live broadcast of this Pool C Rugby World Cup clash between Tonga and Georgia from Kingsholm in Gloucester. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze will become the World Cup's youngest-ever player when he starts this match. 18-year-old Lobzhanidze steals the headlines, breaking the record of American Thretton Palamo. Georgia's strength will be in the pack, and Top 14 props Mikheil Nariashvili and Davit Zirakashvili line up alongside former Toulouse hooker Jaba Bregvadze in the front row. Toulon's Konstantin Mikautadze gets the nod in the second row, next to Giorgi Nemsadze, while Viktor Kolelishvili and Mamuka Gorgodze provide plenty of top flight experience in the back row. Lobzhanidze combines with Lasha Malaguradze in the half-backs, while veteran full-back Merab Kvirikashvili will start in his fourth World Cup.

  • 0'

    Veteran flanker Nili Latu will lead Tonga in this encounter. The experienced openside will line up alongside Viliami Ma'afu and Sione Kalamafoni in a powerful back row, while Steve Mafi and Lua Lokotui combine in the second row. In-form scrum-half Tane Takulua links up with Kurt Morath in the half-backs, and Fetu'u Vainikolo and Telusa Veainu provide some firepower out wide for the Ikale Tahi. Up front, Tevita Mailau, Elvis Taione and Halani Aulika will have the tough job of fronting up against the Georgian pack and their powerful scrum.

  • 0'

    Kingsholm is bathed in sunshine as both sides go through an emotional set of anthems. Now it's time for the haka.

  • 0'

    Referee Nigel Owens speaks to Tonga's Kurt Morath and it's time to get underway. Here we go!

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Tonga Georgia
  • 1 Tries 2
    • 71' Fetu''u Vainikolo
    • 27' Mamuka Gorgodze
    • 56' Giorgi Tkhilaishvili
  • 1 Conversions 2
    • 72' Kurt Morath
    • 28' Merab Kvirikashvili
    • 57' Merab Kvirikashvili
  • 1 Penalties 1
    • 9' Kurt Morath
    • 19' Merab Kvirikashvili
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 72' Merab Kvirikashvili
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tevita Mailau
  • Elvis Taione
  • Halani Aulika
  • Lua Lokotui
  • Steve Mafi
  • Sione Kalamafoni
  • Nili Latu
  • Vili Ma'afu
  • Sonatane Takulua
  • Kurt Morath
  • Fetu'u Vainikolo
  • Siale Piutau
  • Viliami Helu
  • Telusa Veainu
  • Vunga Lilo
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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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  • 13
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  • Mikheil Nariashvili
  • Jaba Bregvadze
  • Davit Zirakashvili
  • Giorgi Nemsadze
  • Konstantin Mikautadze
  • Giorgi Tkhilaishvili
  • Viktor Kolelishvili
  • Mamuka Gorgodze
  • Vasil Lobzhanidze
  • Lasha Malaguradze
  • Giorgi Aptsiauri
  • Merab Sharikadze
  • Davit Kacharava
  • Tamaz Mchedlidze
  • Merab Kvirikashvili
  • Paul Ngauamo
  • Sona Taumalolo
  • Sila Puafisi
  • Hale T-Pole
  • Jack Ram
  • Samisoni Fisilau
  • Latiume Fosita
  • Sione Piukala
  • 16
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  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Shalva Mamukashvili
  • Karlen Asieshvili
  • Levan Chilachava
  • Levan Datunashvili
  • Shalva Sutiashvili
  • Giorgi Begadze
  • Giorgi Pruidze
  • Murazi Giorgadze

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