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Georgia Defeats Romania 25-9 for Second Rugby World Cup Win

September 28, 2011

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Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Georgia defeated Romania 25-9 in their Pool B match for its second-ever victory at the Rugby World Cup.

Merab Kvirikashvili set a Georgian record by scoring 17 points with five penalties and a conversion, while Mamuka Gorgodze scored a try for the victors in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

The match between the two bottom teams in Pool B ended with Georgia beating Romania for the fifth time in their last six matches. Romania exits the event having lost five World Cup matches in a row. Georgia takes on Argentina, which is second in the group behind England, on Oct. 2.

“At the beginning, we tried to find ways to break through the Romanian scrum, which is their strength,” Georgia vice- captain Ilia Zedginidze said. “We improved a little.”

The match started with the sides trading penalties, with Georgia leading 12-6 at halftime.

Gorgodze touched down in the 56th minute to open up some space between the sides. It was his 19th Test try, passing Malkhaz Urjukashvili to become Georgia’s all-time top try- scorer.

Kvirikashvili’s 70th-minute penalty made him the first Georgia player to kick five penalties in a match. Urjukashvili finished the scoring with a penalty, moving within four points of the country’s record points-scorer Pavle Jimsheladze.

--Editors: James Cone, Peter-Joseph Hegarty

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