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Emerging SA find Georgia tough to crack

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 11 Jun 2008 at 21:13

It was as bewildering as it was impressive: Georgia, without most of their French-based players, have given trophy holders the Emerging Springboks a real fright in the second match of the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest.

The IRB reports that although they lost by one try and two penalties to one penalty goal (11-3) – having held the South Africans to a 3-3 draw at the break – the Georgian players left the field with their heads held high.

Add to that two penalties which hit the SA upright and one has a clearer image of the gallant Georgian challenge in a match of a ferocious physical intensity, played in a remarkable spirit and total fair play.

The Georgians challenged their rivals up front and in the loose, at the rucks and in the mauls. It was relentless and it was brutal, the kind of game the South Africans cherish and they must be given credit for resisting the onslaught, keeping their cool and emerging winners in the end, after an epic battle that is a credit to both teams.

Isma-eel Dollie landed a penalty after half and hour, with Andorra-based Otar Barkalia levelling the score just before break.

The match carried on in a similar fashion in the second half. Soon after the break Dollie landed another penalty, with right wing Howard Noble, managing to break the deadlock with the sole try of the encounter.

In the absence of national coach Tim Lane, the two Georgian coaches, Nikoloz Chavchavadze and Levan Miasashvili, who coached Georgia U20 to a creditable bronze medal position in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Chile – must be comfortable with the depth of talent on display.

On the other hand, Chester Williams, the Emerging Springboks coach must declare himself satisfied with the outcome: a hard challenge up front, won by a whisker by his side, due to character, ingenuity, and, as in any close rugby match, a bit of luck.

Post-match quotes

Georgia coach Nikoloz Chavchavadze

“It was a tough match, which tested our young side to the full and we wish to thank our South African friends for the way they played the game, hard but fair. We could have won, but I think that the result is fair, South Africa are the better side and we will learn a lot from the encounter.

“We will play to win the next match, though in this tournament all teams are of similar standard and anybody can win.”

Georgia captain Besarion Udesiani

“Last year we lost by 16 points, this year by eight points so we must be making progress. Besides, we are missing some of our top players, unable to make the trip for a variety of reasons, so, we are basically pleased with the way we played. It was the first match and we will improve.”


  • We are not just going to walk this competition this year

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 21:35:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Italy and Russia looked good in their game. Watching at the mo on Eurosport 2

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 21:37:42 by JT Reply

  • @JT (Comment 2) : I wonder if our choice of coach might not backfire on us

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 21:45:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Howmuch influence does a coach really have on tourny like this? I mean he has had his squad together for like 2 weeks and they are only together for 3 games.

    teams like these should have a manager and selectors and NOT bother with coaches.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 21:49:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Russia 15
    Italy 38
    IMO a coach should be the selector.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 21:53:07 by JT Reply

  • @JT (Comment 5) :

    could work, but the point I am trying to make it that he has little to NO time to impart his thoughts on the team

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 21:57:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • He will at least give them a bit of structure under a game plan. The players come from diff clubs with dif ideas and strategies. The coach guides them to play to a certain idea…

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 22:01:46 by JT Reply

  • Waste of time…

    Doesn’t help when you are playing a team of orks too… EB flank is 172cm and 90kgs…

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.08 04:02:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Italy A 19 – 20 Emerging SA

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.08 20:52:45 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 9) : Final score?

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.08 21:01:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Yip.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.08 21:04:45 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 11) : wow. Not having it all their own way this year

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.08 21:15:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Have been trying to post a thread for that for 20min now.

    👿 👿 👿 Internet

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.06.08 21:20:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Considering the Italy 1st XV is in SA minus 7 or so first choice players, this Italy ‘A’ side can’t be that flash.

    But then again our mob are hardly emerging Boks. More like emerging Currie Cup hopefuls.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.06.08 21:21:44 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 14) : exactly. The whole thing is a bit of a sham

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.06.08 21:29:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Eurosport2 was suppose to show Russia v Romania this afternoon (boy was I looking forward to that) but then sommer showed some womens tennis. 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.06.08 21:39:52 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply


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