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Comfortable Victory for Ireland

Comfortable Victory for Ireland

Ireland ran out comfortable 63-14 winners in this Rugby World Cup qualifier against Georgia at Lansdowne Road on Saturday scoring 8 tries in the process.

Ireland led 42-0 at the end of the first half thanks to tries from Denis Hickie, Kevin Maggs, Girvan Dempsey and a brace from Brian O’Driscoll.
They went further ahead within minutes of the re-start when Simon Easterby crashed over but Georgia staged something of a comeback then and scored twice through replacement Vassil Katsadze and Bessik Khamashuridze, both converted, but Ireland ended with a flourish and had two more tries from replaceemnts Alan Quinlan and Guy Easterby.

Ireland. Girvan Dempsey; John Kelly, Brian O’Driscoll, Kevin Maggs (R Henderson 65 min), Denis Hickie; Ronan O’Gara (D Humphreys 60 min), Peter Stringer (G Easterby 74 min); Reggie Corrigan, Shane Byrne (F Sheahan 71 min), John Hayes (P Wallace 74 min); Gary Longwell (L Cullen 74 min), Malcolm O’Kelly, Simon Easterby (A Quinlan 56 min), Keith Gleeson, Anthony Foley (capt).

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Georgia.Bessik Khamashuridze; Malkhax Urjukashvili, Tedo Zibzibadze, Kakha Alania, Badri Khekhelashvili; Paul Jimsheladz, Irakli Abusseradze; Goerdzi Shvelidze, Akvsenti Guiorgadze, Levan Tsabadze Vano Nadiradze, Victor Didebulidze (captain); David Bolghashvili (Vassil Katsadze); , George Chkhaidze; Ilia Zedguinidze.

Referee: Nigel Williams (WRU).