Georgian Sevens Team Wins The Plate


Georgian Sevens team won the Plate at the last leg of European Sevens Grand Prix Series in Odense, Denmark.

At the previous two stages of this tournament our team did not perform well enough. Sevens team manager Giorgi Asatiani commented that this year’s Grand Prix Sevens was much more important for us as preparation and selection of optimal squad for the Sevens Rugby World Cup Qualifier.

The policy obviously brought its results: Georgia won four games out of six and took the fifth place in 16 teams at Odense Sevens. It is especially pleasing that our team managed to defeat such strong opponents as Scotland and England (in Denmark, the English team only lost to Georgia and Scotland).

In the Plate Final, Lasha Khmaladze preformed a 60-meter raid and scored a try, which decided the result of England vs Georgia match. The team really benefitted from energy and experience of Tedo Zibzibadze and young Merab Sharikadze, who joined the squad in Odense.

In two weeks (on June 20-21), the team is going to take part in the 12-team Sevens World Cup Qualifier in Portugal. Teams will be seeded into three 4-team pools – new format, introduced by the International Rugby Board.

Our team has been seeded into Pool B together with France, Germany and Belgium; other pools are as follows:
Pool A: Portugal, Ukraine, Italy, Litva
Pool B: Spain, Scotland, Holland, Romania

After the round-robin pool stage, 1st place winners and runners-up from each pool, as well as two best 3rd place winners, will proceed to the quarterfinals. Five best teams (winners of the quarterfinals and the Plate winner) will qualify for the Sevens Rugby World Cup.

European Sevens Rugby World Cup Qualifier – Algrave, Portugal; July 20-21 2012
Sevens Rugby World Cup 2013 – Luzhniki, Moskow (Russia); June 28-30 2013
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