Georgia 10-45 Fiji: Semi Radradra stars as Fijians claim first Rugby World Cup win
Georgia vs Fiji
6:15am Thursday 3rd October
Semi Radradra scored two tries and generated three others as Fiji found their feet in the World Cup.
The Pacific Islanders jet-heeled backs tore their Pool D rivals at a rout in a Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
Fiji are currently in pole position to finish third and qualify for its 2023 World Cup Even though their upset loss to Uruguay has put paid to their hopes of attaining the quarter-finals.
Former Australia rugby league Radradra caught a brace and was at the core of their moves as well as helping put up scores for scrum-half Frank Lomani centre Waisea Nayacalevu along with his fellow winger Josua Tuisova.
Georgia fought hard and had a try out of flanker Mamuka Gorgodze, however they tired as Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani towards the finish and lock Apisalome Ratuniyarawa crossed to widen the scoreline.
The skies opened before kick-off and left to get an untidy opening as the ball squirted in an from players hands, the Fijians making nine managing errors in the first half alone.
Georgia full-back Soso Matiashvili looked to have given them the lead with a penalty in the 15th minute but, after some indecision in the judges, then the railway was ruled to have shrunk broad.
The Georgians would pay for his flicked inside pass released Nayacalevu to get a clear run on the line along with that overlook moments when Radradra gathered Ben Volavolas kick.
A terrific break took them out of 1 end of the area another, and if they knocked on just short of the line play has been called back for a penalty, which Matiashvili converted to close the deficit to four points at the break.
Fiji took complete benefit of the dryer conditions in the second half and went further ahead five minutes after the rest.
Playing edge, Kini Murimurivalu sent a pass wide to Radradra, who shrugged off the attentions of their tacklers to nourish inside runner Lomani.
Their third came shortly as Fiji worked the ball wide from a lineout and then Radradra delivered the dagger, biding his time before discharging Tuisova in the corner, invite the challenge.
The flanker hammering his way had misjudged the flight of the ball from the kick-off just as Fiji looked set to run off Georgia hit back with a try to Gorgodze.
Tuisova, placed in for an effort by Radradra in the first half, then returned the favour with the Fijian left winger turned to dent in style and a twist pass onto a lightning counter-attack.
Fijis sixth and fifth tries came in rapid succession, Kunatani before replacement Ratuniyarawa finished off a sweeping movement from within their own half going over from several yards out.
The Fijians acquired their try four minutes Radradra, prior to the end following Georgia had coughed up the ball in their own territory, self-evident.