Georgia one step away from first Trophy final


© Miguel Rodrigues



Georgia stand 80 minutes away from their first appearance in a World Rugby U20 Trophy final after defeating Fiji – on a day when Canada and Tonga also made it two wins from two.


Fiji under-20s captain Pat Tuidraki believes Georgia are now favourites to claim their first World Rugby U20 Trophy title after seeing his side lose 30-13 to the east Europeans.


Georgia now top Pool A with nine points with Fiji and Uruguay on five while hosts Portugal have yet to register a point after losing 37-26 to Los Teritos on match day two at the CAR Rugby do Jamor ground in Lisbon.


The Junior Lelos’ power-based game was too much for the Fijians who were starved of quick ball for much of the match, and afterwards Tuidraki paid tribute to Fiji’s opponents.


“Georgia came out firing and did their job well today,” he said. “After this performance I would make them favourites to win the Trophy and gain promotion to the Championship. I hope we can meet again soon at the top level.”


A Davit Gulitashvili drop goal had got Georgia off the mark after an early Fiji penalty, while the Junior Lelos' tries were scored either side of the break by second-row Otar Giorgadze and winger Anzor Sichinava. Georgia fly-half Rezi Jintchvelashvili contributed 17 of his side’s points through five penalties and a conversion.


The winner of the Fiji-Uruguay match on day three can still overhaul Georgia and qualify for the final as winners of Pool A if the Junior Lelos slip to defeat against Portugal.



Pool A – CAR Rugby do Jamor

May 16: Uruguay 37-26 Portugal
May 16: Fiji 13-30 Georgia
May 12: Uruguay 12-46 Georgia 
May 12: Fiji 34-19 Portugal 

Pool B – Estadio Universitario de Lisboa

May 16: Canada 24-15 Hong Kong
May 16: Tonga 45-11 Namibia
May 12: Canada 35-20 Namibia
May 12: Tonga 35-16 Hong Kong

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