Rugby | Five-star Georgia bounce back against Uruguay

David Smith

Georgia have beaten Uruguay 33-7 at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The Europeans bounced back from their defeat from Wales in style, registering five tries against Uruguay at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.

Alexander Todua scored Georgia’s first try in the eighth minute, crossing the line with ease after the Lelos shifted the ball out wide from a scrum deep in the Uruguay half.

Georgia’s second try came from another strong scrum on the half hour mark, with Otari Giorgadze collecting the ball and powering over the line.

Tedo Abzhandadze added a conversion, but Uruguay – who stunned Fiji in their opening Pool D match – hit back three minutes later.

Andres Vilaseca ran through under the posts after a great carry by Rodrigo Silva from a lineout. Felipe Berchesi converted to make it 10-7 at the break.

Levan Chilachava scored Georgia’s third try just two minutes into the second half, squeezing his way over the try-line from another powerful five-metre scrum.

Abzhandadze split the posts with his conversion, and Georgia secured their bonus point with just under half an hour left on the clock.

Jaba Bregvadze applied the final touch to a rolling maul to record his country’s fourth try, with Abzhandadze converting once more.

In the 57th minute, Georgia notched their fifth try when Giorgi Kveseladze pounced on a loose ball. Another perfect Abzhandadze conversion made it 33-7.

Uruguay’s Facundo Gattas was then sent off late on for a poor high tackle.

Georgia’s set-piece domination was the difference at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, and the Europeans are now third in Pool D behind leaders Wales and second-placed Australia.