Rugby | Radradra makes history in seven-try Fiji victory

Semi Radradra made Rugby World Cup history as Fiji beat Georgia 45-10 at Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

Radradra had a hand in five of Fiji’s seven tries – scoring two and assisting three more – becoming the first Tier 2 player to be involved in five tries in a single World Cup match.

The Pacific islanders scored the only try of the first half, with Waisea Nayacalevu crossing the whitewash in the 19th minute after being picked out by Radradra.

Ben Volavola converted to make it 7-0, but Georgia proved to be physical and dogged opponents in the first half in rain-drenched conditions.

Soso Matiashvili’s 35th-minute penalty for Georgia reduced the deficit to four points at the interval.

However, Fiji’s backs ran amok in the second half.

Frank Lomani scored their second try within four minutes of the restart, with Radradra holding off two Georgian defenders and playing Lomani in on the inside following a good pass from Kini Murimurivalu.

Fiji’s third try arrived in the 49th minute, and Radradra was once again the provider.

He delayed his pass perfectly to put Josua Tuisova through in the corner to make it 17-3.

Georgia hit back three minutes later as Mamuka Gorgodze recorded a try from a strong driving maul. Matiashvili converted, but it proved to be little more than a consolation for the Europeans.

It was fitting that it was Radradra who sealed Fiji’s bonus point on the hour.

The Parramatta Eels star showed his pace to race across the line after being picked out by Tuisova. Volavola duly added his second conversion.

Semi Kunatani registered try number five for the Pacific islanders in the 67th minute; the openside flanker going over from close range. Volavola subsequently recorded his third successful conversion of the match.

Shortly afterwards, substitute Apisalome Ratuniyarawa applied the finish to a flowing counter-attack to get his name on the scoresheet.

Radradra got his second try five minutes from time, sprinting clear of the Georgia defence once more to cap off arguably the finest individual performance of the tournament thus far.

The 45-10 victory is Fiji’s first in Pool D, having lost their opening matches to Australia and Uruguay.

John McKee’s men are unlikely to make the knockout stages in Japan, but their win lifts them up to second in the table, though they have played a game more than Wales, Australia and Uruguay.

Georgia are fourth on five points from three games.