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13:30  03 october  2019
13:30  03 october  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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HANAZONO, 3 Oct - Fijian style overcame Georgian power to keep their hopes of automatic qualification for Rugby World Cup 2023 alive with a seven - try win over the Lelos in Hanazono. One flag went up, the other stayed down and replays revealed that the ball had indeed drifted wide.

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a rugby player with a football ball © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Fiji boosted their flagging Rugby World Cup campaign with seven tries and scintillating attacking rugby in a 45-10 win against Georgia.

The teeming rain didn't affect Fiji's running game, which proved far too strong for a Georgia side hoping to seal third place in Pool D with a win, which would have ensured automatic qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Instead, Fiji have moved ahead of Georgia and provisionally over Australia into second place.

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Fiji are still to face group leaders Wales and Georgia are up against two-time champions Australia, who have played one game less than Fiji.

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Georgia v Fiji may not have earned the headlines of a South Africa v New Zealand or a Australia v Wales, but it could prove to be one of the most decisive For Georgia , conversely back on the winners list after dispatching Los Telos, the dream to aim even higher remains alive - a win could momentarily

As the rain poured down at Hanazono Rugby Stadium on the outskirts of Osaka, Fiji failed initially to capitalise on a bright start.

But it was a sign of things to come when Waisea Nayacalevu's spectacular first try put Fiji ahead midway through a rain-soaked first half where Georgia's Soso Matiashvili missed one penalty goal and slotted over another to make it 7-3 at the break.

Waisea Nayacalevu scored Fiji's opening try © Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images Waisea Nayacalevu scored Fiji's opening try Frank Lomani grounds for Fiji's second try © Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Frank Lomani grounds for Fiji's second try

Then the tries came thick and fast - one from Georgia's veteran flanker Mamuka Gorgodze, and then six from the flying Fijians who thrilled the crowd with one-handed passes and some spectacular running.

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Semi Radradra scored two of Fiji ’s seven tries and made three others as the Pacific Islanders finally got a win on the board at the Rugby World Cup with a 45-10 victory over Georgia .

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Left winger Semi Radradra scored two tries, with the other four coming from scrum-half Frank Lomani, right winger Josua Tuisova, flanker Semi Kunatani and replacement lock Api Ratuniyarawa.

With Fiji's forwards as slick as the backs, Georgia were simply overwhelmed. In the first half the scrums were evenly contested, with Georgia getting the upper hand at times.

Josua Tuisova stretched Fiji's lead with his third try © Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Josua Tuisova stretched Fiji's lead with his third try Mamuka Gorgodze brought the scores back to 10-17 with this score © Stu Forster/Getty Images Mamuka Gorgodze brought the scores back to 10-17 with this score

Following a high Fiji tackle in the 15th minute, Matiashvili took the penalty goal from about 30 metres out wide on the right. The flag went up, then down, and three Georgia points were rubbed off the scoreboard.

Minutes later, a moment of typical Fiji improvisation caught Georgia cold as Radradra did well to stop fly-half Ben Volavola's grubber kick going out.

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He showed good hands to feed the ball quickly and accurately inside to the surging Nayacalevu, who sprinted clear.

Semi Radradra (front) celebrates after scoring his first try of the contest © Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Semi Radradra (front) celebrates after scoring his first try of the contest Semi Kunatani is tackled by Alexander Todua, but the Fijian scored his country's fifth try © Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Semi Kunatani is tackled by Alexander Todua, but the Fijian scored his country's fifth try

Volavola slotted the first of his five conversions and was not needed for penalty goals, given the rampant mood Fiji were in after the sheer disappointment of losing their second group game to Uruguay in one of the tournament's big upsets so far.

This was far more like the Fiji side that led Australia at half-time in its opening game, although the Pacific Islanders ended up on the losing side in the match.

Nayacalevu should have had a second try in the first half after a superb passing move cut Georgia open, but he fumbled midfield partner Levani Botia's pass inside and admonished himself after tumbling face-first into the wet turf.

Api Ratuniyarawa continued the rout © Jae C. Hong/AP Photo Api Ratuniyarawa continued the rout Radradra rounded off the try-scoring with his second of the game © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Radradra rounded off the try-scoring with his second of the game

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Georgia then launched a brilliant attack from deep in their own half, carving Fiji open at speed with some great handling.

After left winger Alexander Todua and scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze were held up, lock Konstantine Mikautadze emerged through a scrum but knocked-on with the tryline in sight.

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Todua had been high tackled near the neck area, however, and Matiashvili kicked the penalty goal to make it 7-3.

The teams traded tries early in the second half, and then it was time for the crowd to sit back and enjoy 30 minutes of the Fiji show.

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