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Friday, November 29, 2013

Georgia stun Samoa in historic game in Tbilisi

While in Dublin it was Ireland that came close to a big upset, Georgia surprised everybody in Tbilisi as they beat Samoa, a team ranked many places above them, 16-15. Below is a fascinating video report from the match.

Samoa were missing Northampton Saints centre George Pisi due to suspension, but they had the likes of his brother Tusi, scrumhalf Kahn Fotualii, and James Johnston and Ofisa Treviranus up front. They were missing eight players in total, but had many big names with plenty of experience.

Georgia on the other hand were led by the imposing figure of Mamuka Gorgodze, the man-mountain that has claimed notoriety in the Top 14 for his no-nonsense approach to the game.

The Islanders outscored the hosts by two tries to one, but Merab Kvirikashbili slotted the decisive kick late in the game, and then Georgia held on for a historic win in front of their home crowd.

After scoring two tries in the first half and looking in control, eighth ranked Samoa seemed en route to victory, but Georgia displayed the type of character that has earned them well deserved respect, and will likely do great things for the sport of rugby in the region.

"The fans have a special influence on the players and I want to thank them all. We won this match together," said skipper Gorgodze, saluting the 15 000 fans that braved the conditions.

Samoa coach Stephen Betham said that Georgia proved that they were worthy winners.

"Well done to Georgia on a brilliant and deserved victory. They, along with other second tier teams, must have the chance to regularly play the top teams," he said.

Below is an excellent official report, featuring some of the scenes before, during and after the match. It includes footage from the post match function, where we get to see the humble Samoans treating those on hand to a little piece of their traditions and culture.

Posted at 5:54 pm | 19 comments

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BrazilianLelosFan November 29, 2013 6:13 pm

After that lousy defeat against USA, when we played thast bad, that victory over samoa made me believe Georgia realy try better matches.
LELO LELO!!!

Nice to see Levan Chilachava wearing the #3. Prop for life, Georgia style!

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Joe November 29, 2013 6:18 pm

So much humility and respect. So amazing to see!

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katman November 29, 2013 8:39 pm

Great scenes. But how come this game ran 90 minutes?

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Amadeo November 30, 2013 7:53 am

TV clock was not syncronised with Reff's

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Jorge November 30, 2013 8:44 am

The ref's clock and the tv time were not synchronized.

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alvaneli November 30, 2013 3:17 pm

It was, but ask to ref what was wrong? he managed to add 10 more minutes in hope that Samoa would change result but.... LELO LELO SAQARTVELOOO

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Feddderico November 29, 2013 10:44 pm

Great video! The ending is superb!

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BoyWow November 30, 2013 1:12 am

That Samoan song at the end was entrancing! Anyone know where I could buy some music like that?

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ditosila November 30, 2013 5:52 am

I was in stadium, it was very good and dramatic match. Georgia were missing many players too - ( first line . zirakashvili (klermon); bregvadze (Tuluza); kakovin (tuluza); therd line - basilaia (edinburg); kolelishvili (Lion); wings - Todua (albi) and capitan Matchkhaneli.) Thenks the both teams.

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Guest who was there November 30, 2013 7:19 am

A week has passed, but I am still under the great impression of that test!
Firstly I want to thank the Lelos! Thank you boys! once again you made my heart beat on the edge of the stroke and feel proud!

The highest respect to Manu Samoa! Gentlemen, the Siva Tau performed at the end of the match dedicated to fans and wining team to express your respect was very much appreciated! You are very warm hearted people and I am glad you mentioned this is the characteristic our two nations have in common.

Thank you for this great game of rugby we had at Saint George day in Tbilisi, I will never forget that atmosphere at the stadium!!!

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Leon Bass November 30, 2013 11:44 am

I'm proud of my Georgian National Rugby Team - "GEORGIAN LELOS"
BE GENTLEMAN PLAY RUGBY!!!

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felly November 30, 2013 12:50 pm

That was amazing!!!

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AJ_Capote November 30, 2013 4:03 pm

Great work Georgia! They made things difficult for Scotland and England in the last WC, and if we are to have a convincing case for promotion and relegation between the 6 Nations, then a strong Georgia might give the other teams problems.

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gio November 30, 2013 4:53 pm

Lelo lelo sakartvelo!!!

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finedisregard November 30, 2013 10:57 pm

Rugby has a culture like no other sport. If you are involved in any way with youth rugby have the kids watch this clip. Sportsmanship still counts.

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nzbougnat December 01, 2013 7:01 am

Great win by Georgia and amazing spirit by Samoa post-game. Brilliant vid!

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barnaba December 02, 2013 7:07 am

No doubt, Samoa is one of the best teams, but it was our day!!! It was St. Georges day!!! Many thanks to our guys for this VICTORY!!!

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MisterDavid December 03, 2013 3:18 pm

I love the pride and respect on show - this kind of video makes me hopeful for the world, not just rugby. Well done Georgia, well done Samoa.

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