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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 20:49 GMT 21:49 UK
Ireland v Georgia as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac


2157: That's your lot. I am still shaking after that. My Bros nightmare (see 1934 entry) could be over now though as I've just seen that advert with the drumming gorilla playing along to Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight". One word. Brilliant. Thanks very much for your company. See you again tomorrow.

"This has been the best match of the World Cup so far. A fantastic effort from the underdogs. Georgia deserved to win. Did they actually miss a single tackle?"
From anonymous via text

"It is a great night for the minnows and let's salute them. But it is an awful night for Irish rugby. It is disappointing that Ireland have not moved on from the Namibia game. It is a tough night for their World Cup hopes."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

"Good God, the Irish were almost as bad as England! I think out at the pool stages for Ireland, losing to France and Argentina. Advance Georgia! Team of the tournament thus far, for sheer spirit and grit."
From NorthernRugby on 606

80 mins: FULL-TIME Ireland 14-10 Georgia
Georgia grind and grind but they just can't find a way through. The final whistle goes and Ireland are winners... but only just. Unbelievable tension at the end and O'Sullivan will be absolutely livid that his side were matched in every area by one of the World Cup minnows. I can't wait to hear what he says afterwards. France and Argentina are up next and Ireland will be demolished if they continue like this.

Georgia were inches from what could have been one of the biggest sporting upsets and as they come back out onto the field, the Bordeaux crowd rise as one to acclaim their heroes. They totally deserve all the praise that will come their way.

80 mins: All Georgia but Ireland are holding firm.. for now.

77 mins: Hearts in mouths in the whole of Ireland as Georgia throw everything at the Ireland line after Horgan spills a kick. The Georgian pack rumble over the try line and they appeal for what would be a match-winning try. The referee goes to the TMO but replays show that Leamy somehow got under the ball. What unbelievable drama.

75 mins: In the space of 30 seconds, Boss makes a break to relieve the pressure but then kicks dreadfully from hand to hand possession back to Georgia.

74 mins: Another drop goal attempt from Kvirikashvili but the ball sails wide. It is all Georgia now and Ireland are hanging on for dear life. Incredible stuff.

72 mins: I've missed a few subs in the last couple of minutes. Jerry Flannery, Simon Best, Isaac Boss and Neil Best are on with Rory Best, John Hayes, Peter Stringer and Simon Easterby off.

69 mins: Real concern for Ireland as Georgia camp on the Irish line. The Georgian forwards go again and again and are so, so close to touching down but Ireland eventually get the ball back and can clear.

"Sitting in a five-star hotel in Isla Margarita, Venezuela and they don't have any sports channels with the match on. Pure torture only watching it on the text updates..."
From Green_and_red_blood on 606

66 mins: For the second time inside a minute, Georgia turn the ball over at the breakdown with Ireland starting to build momentum. I don't mean to keep going on about it but where is the Ireland team that so nearly won the Six Nations?

"I'm sure Irish rugby bosses will regret their stupidity to sign an agreement with Eddie O'Sullivan BEFORE the World Cup."
From LatvianAllBlacksFan on 606

63 mins: Kvirikashvili tries a drop goal but it goes wide.

61 mins: The Georgian pack maul their way inch by inch towards the Ireland line and are roared on by the French crowd. Leamy takes it upon himself to sort out the mess and picks the ball up from the bottom of a five-metre scrum only to knock it on in contact. Dreadful. Sums up the performance.

55 mins: TRY Ireland 14-10 Georgia
After surviving a line-out on their own line thanks to a Wallace intervention, Gordon D'Arcy breaks. The ubiquitous Wallace takes the ball on and it is shipped wide to find Dempsey on the wing in space. The Leinster full-back breaks a tackle to score Ireland's second try. You could hear the sigh of relief in London. O'Gara converts.

"This is crazy. I do not know why Ireland are panicking. They are losing shape off the phases and players are trying things when they are not on. They are playing into Georgia's hands."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

51 mins: Wallace is back on the field and finds a gap in the defence from a line-out to put his side on the front foot. Ireland spread it wide and Dempsey threatens in the corner but is completely battered by the Georgian defence. Ireland retain possession but a forward pass ends the attack.

48 mins: Great kick to touch from O'Gara but Ireland lose the line-out right on the Georgian line and the Lelos clear.

45 mins: TRY Ireland 7-10 Georgia
Ireland punch through the Georgian defence courtesy of a fine offload from Horgan but Stringer's dreadful pass is intercepted by Shkinin who runs in to touchdown from inside his own half. Kvirikashvili adds the extras. I am now officially stunned. Georgia, with reportedly EIGHT rugby pitches in the whole of the country, are leading, yes leading, one of the teams expected to challenge for the World Cup.

43 mins: According to the stats, Georgia enjoyed 65% of possession in that opening period. That just highlights how impatient and poor Ireland were.

41 mins: O'Gara starts the second period. Horgan comes in to look for work but the ball is aimlessly kicked away by Peter Stringer and Georgia extinguish the threat.

2052: Maybe it is worth reminding ourselves that Argentina were only 6-3 ahead at half-time in their match against Georgia. The Pumas went on to win 33-3.

"I don't think they can play better."
From france2008winner on 606

"I don't know if O'Sullivan is going to say a lot. This is so far off what was expected, this is very poor."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

40 mins: HALF-TIME Ireland 7-3 Georgia
The whistle goes and Georgia are only four points adrift. The men is white shirts hug eachother and they stay out on the field. With the heat in Bordeaux, the players probably do not want to go into the dressing room. Heaven knows what is going on in the Irish sheds now though - O'Sullivan will be tearing a strip off his players no doubt.

37 mins: PENALTY Ireland 7-3 Georgia
Ireland threaten near the corner but somehow Georgia steal the ball and Shkinin streaks down the field. Irish open-side David Wallace is penalised at the ruck as Ireland scramble back to defend and is given a yellow card for his efforts. Kvirikashvili kicks the three points. Unbelievable scoreline but Georgia totally deserve to be this close.

35 mins: Georgia are put under pressure after a neat passing interchange involving Shane Horgan and Leamy. The ball is knocked on by Marcus Horan and another attack breaks down. Same old story for Ireland I'm afraid.

31 mins: Ireland string some phases together and produce the best passage of play so far. Wing Giorgi Shkinin collects a grubber kick inside his own in-goal area but meets a wall of green. However, from the resulting five-metre scrum, Paul O'Connell is offside and Georgia can clear.

28 mins: After a wonderful clearing kick to touch from Denis Hickie, Ireland pile forward and get a penalty near Georgia's 22. It is promptly reversed however as referee Wayne Barnes sees a stamp from Leamy.

"Georgia are not overly ambitious but they do keep the ball which is why it is important not to give it to them."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

25 mins: Georgia attack again after Girvan Dempsey fails to claim a difficult high kick. After some nice passages of play, Kvirikashvili goes for another drop but it flies just wide.

"It is stuttering stuff at the moment from Ireland."
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

21 mins: Kvirikashvili goes for a drop goal but it is charged down and Ireland can attack in open play. As they desperately try and defend, Georgia dive into a ruck to concede a penalty near halfway but O'Gara pushes his attempt wide.

19 mins: Georgia restart the match but number eight Denis Leamy spills the ball. The nerves are still there then?

16 mins: TRY Ireland 7-0 Georgia
Ireland pile on the pressure after Georgia concede two costly penalties. O'Gara goes to touch with both and on the second line-out, the Irish forwards drive and trundle over the line - Rory Best coming up with the ball. O'Gara converts.

"We need five points. They are going to be crucial in this pool."
From Wot Kuyt 'e did on 606

14 mins: Ireland surrender possession again as O'Gara fires a touchfinder straight out. Eddie O'Sullivan will not be happy to see that. Sloppy.

11 mins: Good stuff from Ireland as O'Driscoll makes a half break to get the Irish into Georgian territory. However, the ball is eventually knocked on - haven't we heard that before? - and Georgia clear.

8 mins: Another bit of poor discipline from Ireland as lock Paul O'Connell takes out Otar Barkalaia with the full-back in the air. Georgia have dominated the opening exchanges and you can feel the tension.

"It is vitally important that when Ronan O'Gara goes for touch he makes it because that miss has set up a period of play that has led to a penalty. This is not the start Ireland wanted. They have to do the basics well.
BBC Radio 5live analyst Hugo MacNeill

5 mins: Ronan O'Gara misses touch from a free kick and Georgia rumble on forward again. Ireland concede a penalty, not what they wanted, but Kvirikashvili misses a difficult attempt at goal.

3 mins: Georgia get a bit of ball to start with but Ireland do well in defence and eventually turn possession over. That will settle them down a bit and I hear the first strains of the "Fields of Athenry".

1 min: Georgia get the game underway and fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili starts with short kick that is dealt with effectively by Ireland.

"Obviously want an improvement on the first game. Hopefully we can put a good score on the board tonight. Funnily, I don't want us to play outstandingly well, just a good solid professional performance that will keep us ticking over nicely for next week."
via kinsang on 606

1956: The two sets of players belt out their anthems and the volume of "Ireland's Call" highlights just how many Irish supporters are in the ground.

1954: The two teams take to the field. The men in green immediately form a huddle and O'Driscoll, with eyes as if they are about to leap out of his face, tells his side exactly what is expected of them tonight.

"I think the London Boys and Requiem is equally as annoying as Bros 80s classics. They would give Bros a battle any day."
Dave from nottingham, via text

Great chat Dave, I'd totally forgotten about them. Keep them coming.

1941: The players are going through their final warm-up routines. The camera focuses in on a very serious looking Brian O'Driscoll. He knows his side have to really up their game because, quite frankly, the Namibia match was not good. The Georgians have a simple gameplan, it is brutal and physical, but it can knock teams off their stride.

1934: This commentary could be quite tricky as I have Bros' 1988 pop-funk classic "Drop the Boy" going round and around in my mind. I heard it earlier in the day and I just can't get rid of it. It's highly annoying. If you have another equally irritating tune that could stop my descent into insanity - please get in touch.

1930: Evening all. Here we go then for the third game of the day - Ireland v Georgia at the Chaban Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux.

The Irish struggled and spluttered through their opening pool match against Namibia and tonight they will be wanting to put that error-strewn performance behind them ahead of the crunch contests against France and Argentina.

A fuming and under-fire Eddie O'Sullivan seemed visibly shaken after the Namibia match saying: "It was pretty poor, probably our worst performance for a long time."

But he has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes and the return of fit-again wing Shane Horgan to replace Andrew Trimble is the only alteration to his starting XV.

Georgia, meanwhile, were stubborn and physical opponents for Argentina last Tuesday but they ended up losing 33-3.

Head coach Malkhaz Cheishvili, who has made 11 changes to his side, says wants to see a creative and defensive improvement.

As ever, we want to hear about what you are up to, where you are watching the match and how you think the game will go. Get involved via text using the number above or on 606.

Ireland: Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll (capt), D'Arcy, Hickie; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, Best, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, Easterby, Wallace, Leamy.
Replacements: Flannery, N Best, O'Kelly, S Best, Boss, Wallace, Murphy.

Georgia: Barkalaia; Elizbarashvili, Gigauri, Kacharava, Shkinin; Kvirikashvili, Samkharadze; Magrakvelidze, Shvelidze, Kopaliani, Zedginidze (capt), Gorgodze, Maisuradze, Urushadze, Chkhaidze.
Replacements: Giorgadze, Khinchagashvili, Datunashvili, Maisuradze, Abuseridze, Urjukashvili, O Eloshvili.

Referee: Wayne Barnes, England.

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