IRB Tbilisi Cup 2013 day one review




South African President’s XV too strong for Uruguay


A capacity crowd were treated to two excellent games of rugby in round one of the inaugural Tbilisi Cup at the Avchala Stadium earlier this evening. 


The tournament, which is the newest of the IRB's Fifteen-a-side competitions aimed at increasing the competition calendar for Tier 2 and 3 Nations, saw two very keenly contested matches.


Uruguay and South African President’s XV kicked off the tournament with the South Americans making a blistering start. Full back, Jeronimo Etcheverry landed a 50 metre drop goal before extending his sides lead shortly afterwards with a well struck penalty.


The South African President’s XV responded emphatically after going behind early. Powerful back row forwards Renaldo Bothma and Uzair Cassiem put the South Africans in front. Adriaan Engelbrecht extended that lead with the backs combining well in the lead up. Etcheverry kicked a second penalty to make it 15-9 to South African President’s XV at half time.


The second half was a very physical affair. With the wind against them, the Uruguayans opted to keep the ball tight and work the big South African pack around. The possession South Africa did have, they used to full effect. Uzair Cassiem bundled his way over for his second try of the match to secure the bonus point on 52 minutes. 


Ricardo Croy kicked his first penalty of the match on 71 minutes before Wilmaure Louw scored two minutes later to ensure his side victory. It was a well worked try with Rosko Speckman instrumental in the build-up.


Prop forward Khwezilokusa Mkhafu crashed over for his side’s sixth try on 80 minutes to make it 37-9 at the final whistle.


South African President’s XV Coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, was happy his side could claim victory in their opening encounter. He said: “Our overall performance was good. The Uruguayans performed well at the scrum which made that part of our game difficult. Nevertheless, we scored some good tries and kept them out in defence which was pleasing.”


Pablo Lemoine, Coach of the Uruguayans, said: “We were close at half time, but the wind was against us in the second half which made it difficult.”


Score sequence: (Uruguay first): 3-0, 6-0, 6-5, 6-10, 6-15, 9-15, 9-20, 9-23, 9-30, 9-37

Scorers: Uruguay: Penalties: Etcheverry (6, 31); Drop goals:  Etcheverry (2); South African President’s XV: Tries: Bothma (13), Cassiem (22, 52), Engelbrecht (27), Louw (72), Mkhafu (80) ; Penalties: Croy (70); Conversions: Croy (2)

Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon

Attendance: 2,000



Uruguay Team 
15. Jeronimo Etcheverry; 14. Pablo Bueno (rep: Santiago Core, 58) ; 13. Joaquin Prada; 12. Alberto Roman; 11. Leandro Leivas; 10. Agustin Del Castillo; 9. Alejo Duran; 1. Rodolfo De Mula (rep: Alejo Corral, 48)  ; 2. Arturo Avalo (Captain (rep: Nicolas Klappenbach,48) ); 3. Mario Sagario (rep: Gaston Ibarburu, 63); 4. Rodrigo Espiga; 5. Franco Lamanna; 6. Juan De Freitas (rep: Juan Tasistro, 63) ; 7. Fernando Bascou; 8. Juan Gaminara
Replacements: 16. Nicolas Klappenbach; 17. Alejo Corral; 18. Gaston Ibarburu; 19. Jose Coronel; 20. Juan Tasistro; 21. German Albanell; 22. Santiago Core


South Africa President’s XV Team
15. Jacquin Jansen (rep: Coenraad van Wyk, 60) ; 14. Wilmaure Louw; 13. Stefan Watermeyer (rep: Rosko Speckman, 65) ; 12. Adriaan Engelbrecht; 11. Jerome Pretorius; 10. Ricardo Croy; 9. Sinovuyo Nyoka (rep: Kebe Lucky, 77); 1. Khwezilokusa Mkhafu;  2. Ashton Constant (rep: Frank Hern, 60)  ; 3. Martin Dreyer (rep: Ivann Espay, 63);  4. Brendon Snyman (Captain) (rep: Eduan van der Walt, 67) ;  5. Giant Mtyanda;  6. Jaco Bouwel;  7. Uzair Cassiem; 8. Renaldo Bothma (rep: Brian Shabangu, 60)
Replacements: 16: Frank Hern; 17. Ivann Espay; 18. Eduan van der Walt; 19. Brian Shabangu; 20. Kebe Lucky; 21. Rosko Speckman; 22. Coenraad van Wyk



Late Keatley penalty goals sink Lelos


The Lelos (Georgia), who currently top the European Nations Cup standings, came into the tournament in buoyant mood. They took on an Emerging Ireland side with plenty of talent in their ranks.


The first half was a closely fought contest. Munster fly half, Ian Keatley, kicked two penalties to put Emerging Ireland in front. Georgian full back, Beka Tsiklauri, replied with three points of his own to put his side back in contention.


The hosts dominated the final 10 minutes of the half and were duly rewarded with a try from Giorgi Ckhaidze who powered over. Tsiklauri converted to give the Lelos the lead at the break.


Emerging Ireland came out fighting in the second half and scored within four minutes through full back David Kearney. Ian Keatley kicked his third penalty to give Emerging Ireland a 14-10 lead.


The Lelos fought back magnificently. Number 10,  Lasha Malaguradze, made a superb line break and passed out wide to Tamaz Mchedlidze who scored Georgia’s second try.


The home side defended valiantly in the final 10 minutes but two late Ian Keatley penalty goals denied them victory.  


Emerging Ireland Coach, Allen Clarke, said: “Tonight’s game reflected what we prepared for. The Georgians are a very committed, physical and passionate side and they showed they can play a little wider than just up the middle of the field. It was a massive challenge for our guys, but all credit to them. They showed great mental character and resilience to get the win.”


Milton Haig, Coach of the Georgian team, said: “I was happy with the boys performance. We are playing better rugby and matches like this are good for our development and tonight was another step towards the rugby we want to play.”


Score sequence (Georgia first) 0-3, 0-6, 3-6, 10-6, 10-11, 10-14, 15-14, 15-17, 15-20


Scorers:  Emerging Ireland: Penalties: Keatley (11, 25, 55, 78, 79); Tries: Kearney (44); Georgia: Penalties: Tsiklauri (28); Tries: Ckhaidze (40), Mchedlidze (58); Conversions: Tsiklaur





 Georgia Team
15. Beka Tsiklauri; 14. Irakli Machkhaneli (Captain); 13. Davit Kaaharava; 12. Merab Sharikadze (rep: Tedore Zibzibadze, 77) ; 11. Tamaz Mchedlidze; 10. Lasha Malaguradze; 9. Giorgi Begadze; 1. Irakli Mirtskhulava(rep: Giorgi Tetrashvili, 58 ; 2. Revaz Belkania (rep: Simon Maisuradze, 68); 3. Levan Chilachava; 4. Vakhtang Maisuradze (rep: Giorgi Nemsadze, 68) ; 5. Kote Mikautadze (rep: Givi Berishvili, 77) ; 6. Shalva SSutiashvili; 7. Viktor Kolelishvili; 8. Giorgi Ckhaidze
Replacements: 16. Giorgi Tetrashvili; 17. Simon Maisuradze; 18. Giorgi Nemsadze; 19. Givi Berishvili; 20. Vazha Khutsishvili; 21. Todua Aleksandre; 22. Tedore Zibzibadze


Emerging Ireland Team

15. David Kearney; 14. Niall Morris; 13. Eoin Griffin (rep: Brendan Macken, 66); 12. Michael Allen (rep: Noel Reid, 50); 11. Tiernan O’Halloran; 10. Ian Keatley; 9. Michael Heaney (rep: John Cooney, 52); 1. Jack McGrath; 2. Robert Herring (rep: Niall Annett, 73); 3. Michael Bent (rep: Richard Lutton) ; 4. Lewis Stevenson (rep: Ian Nagle, 40); 5. David Foley; 6. Rhys Ruddock (Captain); 7. Dominic Ryan (rep: Jordi Murphy, 67); 8. Robbie Diack


Replacements: 16. Niall Annett; 17. Richard Lutton; 18. Ian Nagle; 19. Jordi Murphy; 20. John Cooney; 21. Noel Reid; 22. Brendan Macken

Referee: Richard Briant

Attendance 2,000

Georgian time


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