GEORGIA ON THE TOP
The second stage of Rugby Europe Championship took place this week-end with 2 games on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Romania / Spain: 13-3
After a first round marked by Germany’s win on Romania (41-38) and success of Spain on Russia (16-6), this second match-day started with the huge clash between Romania and Spain in Bucharest.
Thanks to Florin Vlaicu, Romania won its first success in REC 2017 – scoring two penalties, one try and conversion. From the kick-off of the game, the “Oaks” put pressure on the opponents, but Luke Samoa wasted a chance to score his first points in the national team, missing a penalty kick from 45 meters. Further to a penalty kick played into touch near the goal-line, Romania’s maul advanced to the line, finalized by Florin Vlaicu, who also transformed its own success. In reply, “Los Leones” scored a penalty kick by Brad Linklater and missed another attempt a few minutes later. A new penalty kick was converted by Vlaicu before the break (10-3). In the second period The Oaks kept their offensive intentions but Spain remained insurmountable in defence, and the batch held at hand on 56 minutes Florin Vlaicu modifying one last score from a penalty kick in about 38 meters towards the crude central opposition (13-3). Spain failed scoring any point, despite a try invalidated by the referee, that could have opened a tense match ending.
Belgium / Russia: 18-25
The bears finally won their first game in REC 2017 in a dramatic scenario, defeating Belgian team in the last minutes of a disputed battle.
Russia began in force in Brussels with two tries scored in the first quarter, by Evgeny Elgin and Andrey Garbuzov, Belgium came back scoring each attempt just before the end of the first half and immediately after the break by Ervin Muric and Thomas De Molder such as devils blacks came back from 3-12 to 15-12 result.
Front on the final ten minutes the two teams were tied, 18-18, but persistence paid off even hated the last phase of the game when Dmitriy Gerasimov try scoring decisively transformed by Yuri Kushnarev, Belgium despite being forced evolution courageous to be content with only defensive bonus point.
Georgia / Germany: 50-6
At Rustavi stadium , Georgia needed two minutes to score the first try against Germany, thanks to a ball tracking by Jinchvelashili Revaz completed by Giorgi Koshadze. Germany tried to give reply but the effort of Kobus Potgieter’s players could not bring more than three points via a penalty kicked by Raynor Parkinson.
“Lelos” took the lead until the end of the match scoring 8 tries (B.Gorgadze(2) and G.Tkhilaishvili (2), G.Koshadze (2), G.Pruidze and M. Sharikadze), and 5 conversions.
Following its inclusion of new players, Georgia won second bonus point offense with ten points earned after two rounds of the Rugby Europe Championship.
Next game on March 4th
Photo : Georgian Rugby Union