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Georgia claim first World Cup win
Georgia beat Namibia while Samoa leave the Rugby World Cup with a win over USA.
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2007 06:26 GMT

Irakli Machkhaneli, one of the biggest names in rugby, sprints away for a Georgia try [GALLO/GETTY]

Georgia secured their first ever Rugby World Cup victory with a 30-0 win over Pool D rivals Namibia at a soggy Stade Felix Bollaert in Lens.
 
Later, Samoa closed their Cup campaign with an elusive win in a scrappy 25-21 triumph over the USA in Saint Etienne.
In Lens, Georgia, who face France in their final group game in Marseille on Sunday, scored two tries against an African side who were left searching for their first win after a disappointingly poor tournament, having recorded four losses from four matches.
"This day is the best day yet for Georgian rugby, and all of Georgia," said Rati Urushadze, Georgia flanker.
 
"We don't even know what to expect of our celebrations. It's our first victory - we're amateurs at winning!"
 
Georgia, who gave Ireland a major fright in their previous match before slipping to a 14-10 defeat, dominated the first half with their tough forwards settling into a rhythm in the testing, wet conditions.
 
Merab Kvirikashvili, Georgia fly-half, put his side in the lead with his reliabale boot in the seventh minute, before adding to the score in the 25th minute when he landed a tricky 30 metre penalty.
 

"We don't even know what to expect of our celebrations. It's our first victory - we're amateurs at winning!"

Rati Urushadze, Georgia flanker

Namibia had a chance to post their first points after a rare venture inside Georgia's 22, but fly half Morne Schreuder pushed his penalty attempt wide.
 
Georgia's dominant forward play was finally rewarded with a try in the 37th minute when hooker Akvsenti Giorgadze barged his way over to give his side a 13-0 lead at the break.
 
Georgia pull clear
 
In a scrappy second half, Kvirikashvili missed two more penalties before he was successful with another attempt in the 68th minute to make the score 16-0 as the Africans tired.
 
Namibia soon paid for their lethargy when Georgia scored their second try in the 70th minute.
 
Heini Bock, Namibia fullback, lost the ball after a crunching tackle from Irakli Machkhaneli who picked up the scraps and sprinted almost half the length of the field to make the score 21-0.
 
Kvirikashvili added the extras for 23-0 before centre Davit Kacharava scored a third try in the last minute after a clever interception. Kvirikashvili's assured boot made the final score 30-0.
 
"From the start we just couldn't run the game we wanted," said Hakkies Husselman, Namibia coach.
 

"We have to go back to the drawing board, but today we were beaten by the better team."

Hakkies Husselman, Namibia coach

"We have to go back to the drawing board, but today we were beaten by the better team."
 
Georgia, taking part in their second World Cup, will meet France in their last group match on Sunday in Marseille while Namibia, still without a win from three tournaments, will go home after conceding 212 points in four matches.
 
Argentina, France and Ireland are fighting for the Pool D's two qualifying spots.
 
Samoa sign off with win
 
Later in Saint Etienne, Samoa ended their disappointing World Cup campaign with a scrappy win as their three-try first-half blitz saw them home 25-21 against the United States in their final Pool A match.
 
Samoa, without a dozen players through injury and suspension and depressed after losing their first three games, roared out of the blocks with tries to wingers Lome Fa'atau and Alesana Tuilagi in the first nine minutes.
 
Another try by lock Kane Thompson and Loki Crichton's boot put Samoa 22-3 ahead at halftime, but the Americans were far more competitive in the second half and closed with a try for speedy winger Takudzwa Ngwenya and three Mike Hercus penalties.
 
However, another penalty by Crichton settled the Samoans and Louis Stanfill's last-minute try came too late to save the match for the Americans, but did secure their first bonus point of the tournament.
 
The USA finish off with a match against South Africa, who have already secured top spot in Pool A, in Montpellier on September 30.
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