Georgia eye 2023 Rugby World Cup spot with win over Fiji
Georgia vs Fiji
6:15am Thursday 3rd October
Georgia can proceed high in Pool D and reserve their place with victory over Fiji at the 2023 Rugby World Cup at Hanazono Rugby Stadium on Thursday.
They are eager to show the world just how much they have improved, although the Georgians have yet to score a win over a top-tier nation in exactly the same vein because Japan’s stunning victories over Ireland and South Africa.
Beating at quarter-finalists that are two-times Fiji, on the rear of an impressive victory over Uruguay, will all-but a location and guarantee third place at another World Cup.
It would be a method for head trainer Milton Haig to bid farewell after eight years in charge.
„You’d be honest in saying that if Georgia wins this match, we will be eligible for the next World Cup,” said Haig.
„Logistically, nobody could grab us unless there are a few enormous, huge upsets.
„We’re confident that if we do this task done, we’ll have qualified. That is what we’ve worked for over the past few years. It’s come down to this and we always knew it would.”
He is fully braced for a Fiji backlash also hopes to see the team which fared so well early on against Australia rather than the side which lost to Uruguay.
„The entire world understands about the Fijian team,” said Haig. „They will look to run the ball, I am absolutely certain of this.”
In what’s a must-win game before it confronts pool leaders Wales, fiji had because dropping to Uruguay, an turnaround.
Georgia tally of five attempts against Uruguay carried on the momentum generated in the second half of its 43-14 loss to Wales. The Georgians asserted that one 29-0 frequently dominated in the scrum and but matched that the Welsh 2-2 in attempts after the break.
The pack of fiji has its work cut out, contemplating forward have so far scored five of Georgia’s seven attempts.
They must handle before getting their backs that are flying to the match Georgia’s imposing pack.
„They’re a very powerful set-piece team and it is about getting our collection bit right to supply a great ball for our deadly backline,” said Fiji prop Campese Ma’afu.
„Anybody who knows the Flying Fijians nicely, we get our title from flying around the pitch a whole lot. But this week the principal focus would be to execute our plays and really apply some tension in the set-piece.”
Fiji head coach John McKee has made 11 changes from the Uruguay game, picking a comprising.
After showing signs of concussion after a heavy and high tackle from the Australia match peceli Yato, who missed the Uruguay match, yields at a boost for McKee’s side.
„Peceli was a large reduction to individuals,” said McKee. „He was in excellent form from the Wallabies, and at the time that he got injured was probably among the best players on the playground.
„It has been good to have experienced an eight-day turnaround to give us some time to regroup and have a complete week’s training going to this match.”
Georgia: 15 Soso Matiashvili, 14 Giorgi Kveseladze, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze (c), 11 Alexander Todua, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze; 1 Mikheil Nariashvili, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 3 Beka Gigashvili, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 6 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, seven Mamuka Gorgodze, 8 Beka Gorgadze
Replacements: 23 Miriani Modebadze, 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Otari Giorgadze, 20 Beka Saginadze, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Lasha Malaguradze
Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Lepani Botia, 11 Semi Radradra, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani; 1 Campese Ma’afu, 2 Samuel Matavesi, 3 Manasa Saulo, 4 Tevita Cavubati, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), 7 Semi Kunatani, 8 Peceli Yato
Replacements: 16 Tuvere Vugakoto, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Peni Ravai, 19 Apisalome Ratuniyarawa 21 Nikola Matawalu, 22 Jale Vatubua, 23 Josh Matavesi