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Georgian pair Mamuka Gorgodze and Zura Dzneladze celebrate a try in Kumagaya

Georgia 33-7 Uruguay: No repeat of shock victory over Fiji for Uruguay as Georgia claim maximum points in comfortable Pool D victory

  • Georgia ran in five tries against Uruguay at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
  • Uruguay were unable to match the heavy heights set in surprise win against Fiji  
  • Another poor high tackle grabbed the headlines late on with a red card shown 
  • Uruguay substitute Facuno Gattas was sent off by English referee Wayne Barnes 
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Georgia bounced back from their opening World Cup defeat to Wales with a comfortable 33-7 bonus-point Pool D victory over Uruguay.

Georgia’s superior strength was too much for Uruguay to handle as the Lelos ran in five tries at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, with Uruguay replacement Facundo Gattas sent off late on for another poor high tackle.

It took just eight minutes for Georgia to break through as wing Alexander Todua broke the Uruguay defensive line and and they were awarded a penalty after coming up just short of the Uruguay line. From the resulting scrum, Georgia spun the ball wide and Todua had an easy run in to the line.

Georgian pair Mamuka Gorgodze and Zura Dzneladze celebrate a try in Kumagaya

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Georgian pair Mamuka Gorgodze and Zura Dzneladze celebrate a try in Kumagaya

Georgia's Otari Giorgadze manages to offload in the tackle during the Pool D encounter

Georgia's Otari Giorgadze manages to offload in the tackle during the Pool D encounter

Georgia’s Otari Giorgadze manages to offload in the tackle during the Pool D encounter 

Number eight Otari Giorgadze then picked up from the base of another dominating Georgia scrum five metres out and there was no stopping him crashing over the line.

Uruguay immediately hit back from a lineout. Wing Rodrigo Silva burst through a series of Georgia tackles and laid the ball off to inside centre Andres Vilaseca for an easy run under the posts.

Georgia needed just two minutes of the second half to extend their advantage and it was no surprise that it again came from their dominance at the set-piece, Levan Chilachava burrowing over from a five-metre scrum.

The Georgian squad celebrate after the game - their first victory of the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The Georgian squad celebrate after the game - their first victory of the 2019 Rugby World Cup

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The Georgian squad celebrate after the game – their first victory of the 2019 Rugby World Cup 

Jaba Bregvadze secured the bonus point when he touched down from a rolling maul and moments later Giorgi Kveseladze pounced on a loose ball to add the fifth try after Silva spilled the ball close to his own try line and fly-half Tedo Abzhandadze added his fourth conversion.

Uruguay were reduced to 14 men three minutes from the end when Gattas left English referee Wayne Barnes with little option after a no-arms tackle, with his shoulder making contact with the head of Georgia flanker Shalva Sutiashvili.