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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 October, 2003, 08:22 GMT
Clockwatch: Georgia 12-24 Uruguay

All the action from the Pool C match in Sydney.


80 mins: The final whistle goes and the Uruguayans dance in delight. This is the match they wanted to win and to a man they have their arms aloft in victory.

78 mins: Diego Aguirre finds a gap in the tiring Georgian defence. He finds support from Campomar who in turn feeds Nicolas Brignoni for what must be the winning score. Menchaca adds the conversion.
Georgia 12-24 Uruguay

74 mins: Uruguay are close to a third try but another rolling, rumbling maul is stopped in its tracks on the Georgia line when referee Deaker spots some obstruction.

65 mins: Nicolas Grille is lucky to escape a yellow card for a late shoulder barge on Kvirikashvili. Georgia win a penalty for the offence and Kvirikashvili steps up to land his third kick.
Georgia 12-17 Uruguay

60 mins: The tables have turned. Following Georgia's fast start after the break, Uruguay are back on top.

54 mins: A catch and drive and it is try number two for Uruguay. Diego Lamelas is the last to emerge from a pile of players and Diego Aguirre adds the two points.
Georgia 9-17 Uruguay

53 mins: Uruguay finally string some possession together and have a line-out deep in Georgia territory.

49 mins: Uruguay are pinged for offside and Georgia close to within a point, Kvirikashvili landing another long-range effort.
Georgia 9-10 Uruguay

46 mins: Uruguay look rattled. They concede a penalty, after initially winning it, for stamping at the ruck.

45 mins: Georgia turn to another kicker. Merab Kvirikashvili, the youngest player at the World Cup, shows older heads how to do it and lands a long-range effort.
Georgia 6-10 Uruguay

41 mins: The best passage of Gerorgian play results in a penalty but it's a long way out and wide, which is exactly where Urjukashvili's effort goes.

0930 GMT: The team's are back out and the Georgians immediately look more fired up, which is not saying much when you consider their first-half performance.


40 mins: Another Uruguay chance goes begging with a Diego Aguirre penalty hitting the upright before referee Deaker blows for time on a poor half of rugby.

39 mins: Uruguay have been camped in the Georgia half for an age but cannot add to their seven-point lead.

37 mins: Another Uruguay effort at goal misses, Menchaca's drop goal attempt falling short.

36 mins: This time Sebastian Aguirre shoots wide of the posts with a relatively straight-forward drop goal attempt.

33 mins: Diego Aguirre drills a penalty effort wide after the referee spots a Georgian infringement in the underworld of the front row of the the scrum.

29 mins: Referee Kelvin Deaker is losing patience with the Uruguayans and tells Diego Aguirre that if there are any more hands in the rucks he will start "pulling out the cards".

23 mins: Uruguay's pressure tells and after sucking in the Georgian defence they spin it wide for Alfonso Cardoso to score in the corner. Skipper Diego Aguirre lands the conversion.
Georgia 3-10 Uruguay

21 mins: Uruguay scrum-half Juan Campomar almost gets the first try but is pushed into touch after a darting blind-side run from a five metre line-out.

17 mins: Georgia are looking increasingly threatening and an attack only breaks down when the final pass goes astray. More Uruguayan ill-discipline gives Georgia another pop at goal. It's third time lucky with Malkhaz Urjukashvili slotting the points.
Georgia 3-3 Uruguay

16 mins: Jimsheladze misses another penalty attempt after a late Uruguayan tackle. There are some heavy challenges going in.

14 mins: The first points are on the board and it is Uruguay who deservedly take the lead. Juan Menchaca lands a 40m penalty.
Georgia 0-3 Uruguay

10 mins: The south Americans hold three rumbling Georgian attacks at bay and clear the danger.

8 mins: Uruguay concede another penalty which Georgia opt to kick to the corner.

5 mins: Georgia finally escape their half and win a penalty for their troubles just over halfway. Paliko Jimsheladze misses the opportunity to open the scoring.

0836 GMT: With the anthems and formalities over, the action's underway and Sebastian Aguirre kicks off.

0830 GMT: The teams emerge from the Aussie Stadium tunnel for the first international between the countries.

It is the match of the minnows in Pool C between two teams yet to win a point at the World Cup.

But despite their standing in the world game, more than 35,000 tickets have been sold at Sydney's Aussie Stadium.

Georgia have brought back seven first-choice players into the team that gave South Africa a hard time before losing 46-19.

Uruguay have made three changes and have been boosted by news that lock Juan Carlos Bado has overcome a throat infection to play.


Georgia: I Machkhaneli; M Urjukashvili, T Zibzibadze, I Giorgadze, A Kavtarashvili; P Jimsheladze, I Modebadze; A Kopaliani, D Dadunashvili, G Shvelidze; S Gujaraidze, Z Mchedlishvili; I Zedginidze, G Yachvili (capt), G Chkhaidze.
Replacements: A Giorgadze, S Nikolaenko, G Tsiklauri, D Bolgashvili, M Kvirikashvili, V Katsadze, B Khamashuridze.

Uruguay: Team: J Menchaca; A Cardoso, D Aguirre (capt), M Mendaro, C Baldasari; S Aguirre, J Campomar; R Sanchez, D Lamelas, P Lemoine, JC Bado, J Alzueta, N Grille, H Ponte, R Capo.
Replacements: JA Perez, E Berruti, G Storace, N Brignoni, M Gutierrez, B Amarillo, J Pastore.





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