The Lelos squad to face Fiji

14-Jun-2018

© Oceania Rugby

 

At 07:30 a.m. Georgia time on Saturday, June 16, The Lelos will play their second round of Pacific Nations Cup against the host Fiji.

 

On the first matchday of two-round tournament in Suva, Georgia defeated Tonga 16:15, while Fiji scored 4 tries in 50 minutes against Samoa, aggregating 24 points against 3, though in the last 20 minutes of the game they conceded 3 tries thus barely winning 24:22 and taking a bonus for scoring 4 tries. As of now, Fiji leads the tournament ranking table with 5 points, Georgia stands on the second place with 4 points, while Tonga and Samoa have 1 point each.

 

This year, Pacific Nations Cup winner is identified by total points accumulated in both rounds of the tournament. Fiji vs Georgia match will be preceded by Tonga vs Samoa at 05:00 a.m. on June 16.

 

Third match against Fiji

 

The Lelos are going to play against Fiji for the third time and for the moment both teams have 1 victory each. The first match took place in November 2012 at Mikheil Meskhi and the visiting team won 24:19. In 2016, during the Lelos’ first Pacific tour Milton Haig’s team defeated Fiji 14:3 in Suva.

 

For this year’s June tests Fiji gathered its strongest squad. This is going to be a rehearsal ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019, where Georgia is going to play against Fiji in Osaka on October 3.

 

Five changes

 

After the win against Tonga, Milton Haig applied several changes to the 23-man squad for the next match to make the team as strong as possible.

 

The front row in the starting 15 remains the same: Kakha Asieshvili, Shalva Mamukashvili and Levan Chilachava. Substitute front row players are completely different: this time we have Giorgi Chkoidze, Zurab Zhvania and Giorgi Melikidze on the bench.

 

As regards second row forwards, Captain Giorgi Nemsadze will be paired with Kote Mikautadze, while Nodar Cheishvili moved on the bench.

 

There are two changes in the third row. Flanker Vito Kolelishvili (who did not play against the French Barbarians and Tonga because of an injury) returns to the Starting 15, the second flanker is Giorgi Tsutskiridze, while Otar Giorgadze moves to no. 8, and Shalva Sutiashvili will stay on the bench as a substitute third row player.

 

Axis remains the same: Vasil Lobzhanidze and Lasha Khmaladze start the game, David Kacharava and Lasha Malaguradze play as centers. Malaguradze last played in the Starting 15 against Scotland in November 2016.

 

Tamaz Mchedlidze returns to the run-on squad as wing after the game against French Barbarians; his counterpart will be either Anzor Sichinava or Alexandre Todua. Soso Matiashvili who scored all 16 points against Tonga, will play as fullback again.

 

The ranks of substitute backs will include the experienced Giorgi Begadze and Merab Kvirikashvili, as well as young Giorgi Kveseladze who got injured and had to be replaced 4 minutes into the match against Tonga but recovered quickly enough.

 

 

LELOS of GEORGIA

vs FIJI  |  WORLD RUGBY Pacific Nations Cup

Sat 16/06_2018  |  Suva, ANZ National Stadium  |  07.30 GET = 15.30 LOCAL

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Player

Club [League]

Born

 

Backs

 
15

Soso MATIASHVILI

Akademia Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1993

14

Tamaz MTCHEDLIDZE

Agen [FRA Top 14]

1993

13

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1985

12

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1986

11

Anzor SITCHINAVA

Akademia Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1995

11

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1987

10

Lasha KHMALADZE

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1988

9

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Forwards

 

1

Kakha ASIESHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1987

2

Shalva MAMUKASHVILI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1990

3

Levan CHILACHAVA

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1991

4

Giorgi NEMSADZE [Capt]

Ospreys [WAL Pro 14]

1984

5

Kote MIKAUTADZE

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1991

6

Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1996

7

Vito KOLELISHVILI

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1989

8

Otar GIORGADZE

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Reserves

 

23

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1983

22

Giorgi KVESELADZE

Armazi Marneuli [GEO Big 10]

1997

21

Giorgi BEGADZE

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1986

 

16

Giorgi TCHQOIDZE

Jiki Gori [GEO Big 10]

1991

17

Zurab ZHVANIA

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1991

18

Giorgi MELIKIDZE

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1996

19

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Chambery [FRA Fed1]

1990

20

Shalva SUTIASHVILI

Angoulême [FRA Pro D2]

1984

14/06_2018 @ 11.20

 

 

 

 

 

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