U20 Samoa promoted back to youth rugby’s elite

10-Jun-2011
Samoa’s trophy winning ‘Siva Tau’

IRB’s Junior World Rugby Trophy 2011 concluded on Sunday, June 5 in Tbilisi. 16 matches were played in total at ‘Shevardeni’ and ‘Avchala’ stadiums, out of which eight were transmitted live on Georgia’s public broadcaster, while 12 matches were available for streaming on internet.

Each of the four match-days, along with the play-off stage, proved to be action-packed and provided much amusement for the fans and the press. Good – and at some instances very skillful rugby was on display at smaller, but comfortable venues, where appropriate music, nice design and rugby product stores only added up to viewers’ enjoyment. Uncommonly pleasant for Georgia, the matches were served in a safe and secure environment, while festive atmosphere was maintained throughout whole tournament by both local and visiting supporters. Undoubtedly disappointing, Georgia’s failure to win the trophy in no way undermines the importance of the hard work put in these two weeks: during this time, the fans had the opportunity to live with rugby, to attend the matches of potential future stars and to enjoy well-organized high-class tournament. And it’s not just bragging, seven participating countries left Tbilisi with pleasant memories from warm, friendly attitudes and top training and playing conditions.

In the final match, the trophy was contested in a worthy game – Samoa and Japan playing truly exceptional rugby. Though, other play-off matches also did not disappoint. On the contrary, the matches for third, fifth, and seventh places offered us much tension and fierce battles.


Samoa – Japan. June 5. Final
USA took the seventh place in a dramatic match against Zimbabwe. Americans managed to defeat African champions by only one point.

Zimbabweans were first to score a try, but soon Americans equalized and never gave up the lead. The Africans were closing on, ending the first half with the same one point deficit. US team dominated on the pitch thanks to stronger pack and overall strength, while fast and skillful Africans were eager to attack at every opportunity. Their light and adventurous style of play won them hearts of local supporters, despite losing every match in the tournament. Even though Zimbabwe came last, they will be sparkled with various attacking combinations and spectacular tries.

The fifth place was contested in a northern derby among Canada and Russia. These are the teams who were not particularly happy with the warm May weather in Georgia. Our neighbors expressed their complaints more eagerly; however, to be honest, the weather conditions were not the decisive factor in the games, as was proved by the result of this match. Canada started confidently, led by skipper Tyler Ardron (N8), fly half Carlain Hamstra – who distributed the ball impressively, and unstoppable winger Jeff Hassler – who scored a hat-trick. Russians – having only two real chances in the first half – got one try when a flanker Nikolay Pochechuev expertly passed through four tackles. Canada ended the first half with seven tries, while the both teams added two more in the second period, to seal the deserved victory and a fitting fifth place for Canada.

Georgia and Uruguay faced off at Avchala stadium for the third place game. These two teams have previously clashed on 2008 Junior World Rugby Trophy, in Chile. At that time, the South Americans defeated us to take the place in final. Now, ‘the Lelos’ managed to get their revenge in a close game. The hosts enjoyed slightly more territorial advantage and possession, while Uruguayans often chose to use the boot – even though not gaining any considerable benefits by it. Both defenses were strictly organized and aggressive, which inevitably led to a more closed game. As a result, the fans witnessed a tight, ‘old school’ rugby. In the beginning, it was only the kickers who succeeded – Bakhva Kobakhidze and Felipe Berchesi scoring two penalties apiece. The first try came as the Uruguayans lost the ball in a turn over – a series of rucks followed, as a result of which Levan Chilachava got the hold of the ball and went for the try.
Georgians bettered the rivals with a slightly more physicality and soon, Ucha Mchedlishvili scored the second. Uruguayans failed to cut the 14 point deficit in the second half. However, after captain Felipe Berchesi kicked two long-distance penalties and Rodrigo Silva added a fabulous drop-goal, the lead came down to just five points. What’s more, with five minutes of play remaining, Georgians were left a man less. The South Americans went for the final onslaught but our defense stood firm to secure the victory for Georgia.

Post match comments:

Uruguayan team captain, Felipe Berchesi: “I would like to thank the IRB and the Georgian Rugby Union for the wonderful Junior World Rugby Trophy we enjoyed. As for the final results, I believe the outcome is fair.”

Georgia’s Vice-captain Giorgi Tkesheliadze: “Uruguay has good forwards, but we managed to create advantages. It is very unfortunate that we lost against Japan and missed the final, but I am happy that we finished our participation in the tournament with a win.”

Georgia’s head coach Paata Narimanashvili: “The first and second halves were totally different. I am happy we managed to win this game. It is true that we committed many mistakes and allowed our opponent to play on. Uruguay has a high potential to develop into a really good national side in the near future.”

It’d be fair to say that the crowd witnessed truly high class rugby in the final. Without a doubt, the motivation was high for both teams – the winner would seal a place in the next year’s Junior World Championship. It was also bitter for them, as Samoans were relegated from the elite last year – five current team members participated in that tournament – while Japan lost a promotion to Italy in the final of last year’s trophy. The predictions were pretty cautious before the game – a slim majority expected Samoans to win, but some appeared to be more careful after Japan’s strong showing and their victory over Georgia. Likewise, a number of neutral supporters just could not draw a line between these two sides.

However, the beginning of the game surprised everyone. As the match progressed, Japan quickly gained a 17 point lead with two converted tries and a penalty. Samoans looked at a loss, not expecting such a strong start from their rivals. One of the early scrums in the Samoan half resulted in a first try – Olive Taufa (N8), overlooked by opposition third rowers, sent the ball in scrum half Uchida’s way, whose long pass found wing Masakatasu Hikosaka, the latter expertly dribbled through two defenders to score a try. Soon after, the Japanese formed a strong lineout drive, followed by hooker Yoshikatsu Hikosaka’s successful dive. 20 minutes had to be passed for Samoans to recover, before long, they increased the speed of play and started exploiting the holes in the opposition’s defense. Consequently, Jordan Taufua and Robert Lilomaiava scored two converted tries in the interval of few minutes. The third try came as centre Faavae Faavae promptly trailed fly half Patrick Fa’apale’s clever long ball. This gave the Samoan team a two point advantage going in to the break.

The game got extremely tight in the second half. The play went try-less for 20 minutes, until Samoan wing Viliamu Alauni managed to score an unconverted try. Now Samoa led by seven points, but Japan fought hard – effectively gaining a considerable possession by rolling a maul – prop Mao Enoki emerged to claim a try, followed by Nakamura’s conversion. At that point, with the score level, extra time was hugely anticipated. However the Samoans displayed a brilliant determination once more, to finish off Japan with Fa’apale’s flawless long pass and fullback Peter Schuster’s victorious try.

Post match comments:

Japanese coach Yukio Motoki: “The Samoans were very strong and we couldn’t control their unstructured attacking. They kept coming at us. At this tournament we realised how high the standard is.”

Japan captain Keisuke Uchida: “The experience of playing in such as a final is something that will always be with me.”

John Schuster, Samoa’s head coach: “We were making a lot of mistakes in the first quarter, missing try-scoring opportunities. Japan played extremely well today; they had a well-structured game, forcing us into many mistakes. I felt that for us the key was when we managed to string phases, managed to make no mistakes and control the ball better. We feel very lucky to have won.” 

 

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Georgian time
 
D10 | R10

Georgia Big 10  |  2018-19

07-09/12  |  Round 10

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Jiki

13:13

Armazi

Aia

26:17

Armia

Batumi

23:15

Akademia

Lelo Saracens $

10:17

Kharebi

Lokomotivi

23/12

Vepkhvebi

After ROUND 10 - pp game

Pts

F-A

W - L * D

$

Batumi Batumi

40

+121

9-1

4

Kharebi Rustavi ^

32

+53

7-3

4

Lokomotivi Tb

32

+84

7-2

4

Armazi Marneuli

29

+99

5-4*1

7

Aia Kutaisi

26

+13

6-4

2

Lelo Saracens Tb

24

+14

5-5

4

Jiki Gori

19

-37

3-6*1

5

Akademia Tbilisi

16

-101

3-6*1

2

Vepkhvebi Patardzeuli

10

-102

1-7*1

4

Armia Tbilisi

7

-144

1-9

3

On better ^ Head-to-Head


Autumn Tests  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/11

18.00

Firenze

Italy

17:28

Sat

17/11

18.00

Avtchala

Samoa

27:19

Sat

24/11

18.00

Vake

Tonga

20:09

Rugby Summer Cup  |  2018

Tbilisi, Vake, Meskhi    MORE

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

All four squads [pdf]

Sat

28/07

19.00

Georgia

23:22

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Racing

45:07

Brazil

DAY ONE STAT REPORT [pdf]


Fri

03/08

19.00

Racing

14:08

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Georgia

18:20

Brazil

DAY TWO STAT REPORT [pdf]


COMPLETED

Pts

Diff

F:A

T

W-L

$

Racing 92 [FRA]

9

+44

59:15

9/2

2-0

1

Georgia XV

5

-1

41:42

4/5

1-1

1

Brazil

4

-36

27:63

3/9

1-1

0

Argentina XV

2

-7

30:37

4/4

0-2

2

Summer Tour  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

09/06

05.00

Suva

Tonga

16:15

Sat

16/06

07.30

Suva

Fiji

15:37

Sat

23/06

09.45

Toyota

Japan

_0:28

20U World Champs  |  2018

France Beziers, Narbonne, Pergignan

GEO Squad  |  MORE  |  Game Sheets

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Wed

30/05

20.30

PRP

SOUTH AFRICA

$27:33$

Sun

03/06

16.00

BZR

FRANCE

_12:24_

Thu

07/06

20.30

NRB

IRELAND

_24:20$

#

<A>

Pt

Diff

2

NZL

14

+108

6

WAL

8

-26

8

AUS

6

+21

12

JPN

1

-103

#

<B>

Pt

Diff

1

ENG

15

+84

5

ITA

10

-33

7

ARG

7

-9

11

SCO

1

-42

#

<C>

Pt

Diff

3

FRA

14

+31

4

RSA

11

+2

9

GEO

5

-14

10

IRE

2

-19

PLAY’OFF

Tue

12/06

20.30

PRP

JAPAN

24:22

Sun

17/06

15.30

BZR

SCOTLAND

39:31

LADDER

1. FRANCE

2. ENGLAND

3. SOUTH AFRICA

4. NEW ZEALAND

5. AUSTRALIA

6. ARGENTINA

7. WALES

8. ITALY

9. GEORGIA

10. SCOTLAND

11. IRELAND

12. JAPAN

Georgia Big 10  |  2017-18

Premiership Play-off

GRAND FINAL  13/05  |  GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Q1

Jiki #3

36:27

Kharebi #6

Q2

Batumi #4

30:8

Lelo Sara #5

QF

Lokomot #1

15:20

Aia #2

EF

Jiki

25:19

Batumi

PF

Lokomotivi

22:13

Jiki

GF

Aia

10:29

Lokomotivi

This is 10th League Title for
Georgian Railways' famous club

Home&Away completed

Pts

F-A

   W - L * D

$

Lokomotivi Tb ^

70

+238

15-3

10

Aia Kutaisi

70

+296

16-2

6

Jiki Gori ^

58

+162

11-6*1

12

Batumi Batumi

58

+132

12-5*1

8

Lelo Saracens Tb

47

+48

10-8

7

Kharebi Rustavi

44

-1

09-8*1

6

Akademia Tbilisi

33

+18

05-13

13

Armazi Marneuli

32

-87

06-11*1

6

Armia Tbilisi

15

-353

03-15

3

Bagrati Kutaisi

5

-453

01-17

1

On better ^ Head-to-Head

Europe U18 Champs  |  2018

Poznan (Poland)
GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

GEORGIA

SUN

25/03

14.00

1/4   Holland

69:12

WED

28/03

17.50

1/2   Portugal

25:0

SAT

31/03

17.50

  F   France

8:3

GEORGIA won the Title !

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/02

14.00

Kutaisi Aia

Belgium

$ 47:0

Sat

17/02

17.30

Offenbach

Germany

$ 64:0

Sat

03/03

18.00

Tbilisi Meskhi

Spain

23:10

Sat

10/03

16.00

Krasnodar

Russia

$ 29:9

Sun

18/03

16.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Romania

25:16

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Georgia

24

+153

26

188

5-0

4

Romania

14

+118

28

198

3-2

2

Spain

13

+72

19

146

3-2

1

Russia

11

+58

19

142

2-3

3

Belgium

9

-76

14

106

2-3

1

Germany

0

-325

3

34

0-5

0

GEORGIA won
10th Official Title  |  12th Six Nations B
7th Grand Slam  |  11th Antim Cup

Continental Schield  |  2017-18

Batumi

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

14/10

17.00

A

Rovigo ITA

27:31

21/10

15.00

H

Heidelberg GER

33:16

09/12

18.00

A

Viadana ITA

27:31

16/12

15.00

H

Timisoara ROM

20:17

"A"

Pts

F-A

TMS ROM

14

+38

HDL GER

13

+22

RVG ITA

11

+3

VDN ITA

6

-62

"B"

Pts

F-A

CLV ITA

12

+55

BTM GEO

12

+12

PDV ITA

11

+31

LSB POR

4

-99

13/01 15.00 H

Timisoara ROM

6:11
20/01 16.00 A

Timisoara ROM

12:21

Timisoara proceed to semis

Autumn Tests  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/11

18.00

Dinamo

Canada

54:22

Sat

18/11

18.30

Cardiff

Wales

06:13

Sat

25/11

18.00

Vake

USA

21:20

Tour of Americas  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/06

01.00

Calgary

Canada

13:0

Sat

18/06

03.00

Atlanta

USA

21:17

Sat

24/06

23.15

Jujuy

Argentina

29:45

Georgia Big 10  |  2016-17

Premiership Play-off

Q2

Lelo Sara #4

15:5

Lokomotivi #5

Q1

Aia #3

7:13

Akademia #6

QF

Jiki #1

25:6

Batumi #2

EF

Akademia

26:31

Lelo Saracens

PF

Batumi

11:9

Lelo Saracens

GF

Jiki

28:22

Batumi

Jiki, who fields senior team since 2010,
won the Title for the first time!

8/04 @ 16.10

Pts

F-A

  W - L * D

$

Jiki Gori

61

+204

12-5*1

11

Batumi Batumi ^

59

+186

12-4*2

7

Aia Kutaisi

59

+126

13-5

7

Lelo Saracens Tb

58

+114

11-4*3

8

Lokomotivi Tb

51

+86

10-6*2

7

Akademia Tbilisi

42

=0

  9-9

6

Armia Tbilisi

37

-78

  8-10

5

Bagrati Kutaisi

22

-303

  4-14

6

Armazi Tbilisi ^

19

-168

  3-14*1

5

Qochebi Bolnisi

19

-167

  3-14*1

5

 ^  on better Head-to-Head

Top 6 qualified for Premiership Playoff
Qochebi relegated; Kharebi Rustavi are back into BIG 10
Armazi twice defeated Iveria Tbilisi to stay up

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/02

18.00

Bruxelles

Belgium

$ 31:6

Sun

19/02

15.00

Rustavi

Germany

$ 50:6

Sat

04/03

19.00

Valladolid

Spain

20:10

Sun

12/03

18.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Russia

28:14

Sun

19/03

17.00

Bucuresti

Romania

$ 7:8

ROMANIA reclaimed ANTIM IVERIANUL CUP

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Romania ^

19

+44

16

122

4-1

3

Georgia

19

+92

19

136

4-1

3

Spain

13

+37

9

91

3-2

1

Russia

9

-10

14

107

2-3

1

Germany

8

-80

14

121

2-3

0

Belgium

2

-83

7

70

0-5

2

^  on better Head-to-Head

Autumn Tests  |  2016

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

12/11

15.00

Vake

Japan

22:28

Sat

19/11

15.00

Vake

Samoa

20:16

Sat

26/11

18.30

Kilmarnock

Scotland

16:43


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