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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Clockwatch: England 84-6 Georgia

All the action from the Pool C match in Perth.


81 mins: A knock-on at the last under the posts denies England another try as Josh Lewsey's pass to Moody goes astray. Georgia look to run from deep before kicking the ball upfield. Referee Deliuca calls a halt on proceedings as the kick goes dead.

78 mins: Greenwood looks a dead cert for his hat-trick but is tackled at the last. Luger crosses when the ball is recycled. Grayson misses his third conversion of the night.
England 84-6 Georgia

76 mins: Slick handling at pace along the backline and Robinson slides over for the best try of the match. Two more points for Grayson and England rack up the highest score of the tournament so far.
England 79-6 Georgia

72 mins: Greenwood and Grayson work a tight scissors under the posts and the former glides through for a score in the tackle. The latter adds the two points.
England 72-6 Georgia

70 mins: Grayson goes for the cross-field kick option again but Moody is unable to get on the end of it.

67 mins: England are really hitting their straps playing with great continuity against a tiring team.

64 mins: Cohen's the first man to score twice in the match. He finishes off a sweeping move, stands up his opposite number, rounds him and touches down in the corner. Grayson's conversion attempt just misses.
England 65-6 Georgia

60 mins: Cohen crosses this time. He collects a perfectly weighted cross-field kick from his club-mate Grayson and hands off Georgian attention for a score in the corner. Grayson follows up with a good conversion.
England 60-6 Georgia

57 mins: Ben Cohen is denied a try by a last-ditch tap tackle on the touchline.

55 mins: Georgia win a penalty from an England error from the re-start and Pavle Jimsheladze double's points tally to the delight of the crowd.
England 53-6 Georgia

54 mins: Greenwood glides through a gap and offloads to Regan for the simplest of run-ins. Grayson makes no mistake with the conversion this time.
England 53-3 Georgia

51 mins: Two more changes by Clive Woodward. Leonard's back on after his brief cameo in the first-half. Phil Vickery makes way. Lewis Moody comes on for Richard Hill.

50 mins: England's continual pressure tells and in the tightest of gaps on the blind-side Will Greenwood dives over. Grayson misses with the touchline conversion attempt.
England 46-3 Georgia

46 mins: The conversion was Wilkinson's last act in the game. Paul Grayson comes on in his place.

44 mins: Georgia are continually offending at the scrum. Suspiscions that they are losing energy is confirmed when England push them over for a number eight pick-up from Lawrence Dallaglio. Wilkinson converts the try.
England 41-3 Georgia

41 mins: Gomarsall goes close but is held up over the line.

40 mins: Wilkinson gets the game back underway.

1402 BST: The teams are back on and their is a change in personnel in the England ranks. Another try scorer has left the scene with Mark Regan replacing Thompson.


39 mins: Georgia hold England at bay but are caught offside. Wilkinson slots the penalty to finish the half with six out of six kicks at goal before referee Pablo Deluca blows for half-time.
England 34-3 Georgia

37 mins: England are pushed back by the Georgians from five metres out and the minnows win the put-in at the next scrum. Georgia clear their lines.

35 mins: England make two substitutions. Try scorers Dawson and Tindall go off to be replaced by Andy Gomarsall and Dan Luger.

33 mins: Woodman's back on and in the heat of the action but just misses out on a try. As the prop goes to ground the ball it is kicked out of his grasp by Bessik Khamashuridze.

28 mins: Jason Leonard comes on as a blood-bin replacement for Trevor Woodman to become the most capped player in history. This is his 107th England outing and plus five Lions caps he now surpasses Philippe Sella's mark of 111.

26 mins: All Georgia's hard work in defence comes to nothing. A quick Georgian heel and the ball rockets out of the back of the scrum. Neil Back needs no second invitation to dive on the loose ball and secure the bonus point. Two more points for Wilkinson who maintains his 100% record with the boot.
England 31-3 Georgia

25 mins: Georgia cannot get their hands on the ball but are putting on a determined defensive show. Tenacious tackling denies England a try.

23 mins: Thompson gets on the scoresheet this time, galloping through the heart of the Georgian defence from 20 metres. Wilkinson's on target again.
England 24-3 Georgia

19 mins: Matt Dawson darts over from the base of an attacking scrum for a score under the posts. Two more points from Wilkinson soon follow.
England 17-3 Georgia

17 mins: Steve Thompson has a try ruled out for a forward pass.

14 mins: A neat half break by Wilkinson releases Mike Tindall who slides over for the first try. Wilkinson makes no mistake with the kick.
England 10-3 Georgia

12 mins: England huff and puff in the forwards but cannot get the drive on. The backs try their luck at breaking down the Georgians but Robinson is unable to get to a kick ahead behind the bye-line before the ball goes out.

10 mins: England are not helping themselves with some poor handling.

7 mins: The minnows earn reward for their efforts. Malkhaz Urjukashvili slots a penalty and it's all square.
England 3-3 Georgia

6 mins: Georgia are showing good continuity, but they cannot find a way through England's defence and repeatedly kick possession away.

5 mins: Georgia are holding England at bay and pushing upfield. Jason Robinson fumbles a long kick ahead and rushes his clearance kick.

2 mins: England dominate and the match is already resembling a training game. England's momentum is stopped as Georgia stray offside. Jonny Wilkinson scores England's first points from the penalty.
England 3-0 Georgia

1308: Georgia kick off and kick long.

1306: With the pre-match formalities over the players peel off the waterproofs and are set for action.

1302 BST: The players walk out at the Subiaco Oval and line-up for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Bali bomb. The national anthems follow.

After days of endless sunshine Perth has been hit by heavy rain on the day of the match. Despite the deluge the pitch is playable and the match is on.

Clive Woodward has opted for his full-strength side for England's World Cup opener against lowly Georgia.

But there was a late disruption to his plans when Kyran Bracken withdrew with a back injury sustained in the warm-up. Andy Gomarsall takes his place on the bench.

Georgia will make their World Cup debut without captain Ilia Zedguinidze and flanker Irakli Gundishvili.

Zedguinidze has a head injury while Gundishvili has failed to shake off a hamstring injury.


England: J Lewsey, J Robinson, W Greenwood, M Tindall, B Cohen; J Wilkinson, M Dawson; T Woodman, S Thompson, P Vickery, M Johnson (capt), B Kay, R Hill, N Back, L Dallaglio
Replacements: M Regan, J Leonard, D Grewcock, L Moody, A Gomarsall, P Grayson, D Luger

Georgia: B Khamashuridze, M Urjukashvili, T Zibzibadze, I Guiorgadze, V Katsadze (capt); P Jimsheladze, I Abusseruudze; G Shvelidze, A Guiorgadze, A Margvelashvili; Z Mtchedlishvili, V Didebulidze; G Labadze, G Yachvili, G Chkhaidze
Replacements: D Dadunashvili, S Nikolaenko, V Nadiradze, D Bolghashvili, M Kvirikashvili, I Machkhaneli, B Khekhelashvili





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