Samoa and Georgia held to draw

Date published: June 11 2016

Samoa and Georgia couldn't be separated after 80 minutes at Apia Park on Saturday, with both sides forced to settle for a 19-19 draw.

Three penalties apiece from Samoan fly-half Patrick Fa'apale and Georgia full-back Merab Kviriashvili meant that both sides were tied up at 9-9 by half-time.

Samoa though were the first side to break the try line, veteran winger and Samoa captain David Lemi crashing over and Fa'apale converting to make it 16-9.

Credit to Georgia however for responding, the power of their rolling maul allowing them to hit back with their first try as flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili was credited with the score, Kvirikashvili converting to level the scores.

Fa'apale and Kvirikashvili traded further kicks to make it 19-19 but a late drop goal chance Lasha Khmaladze went wide, leaving the two sides level on points.

The scorers:

For Samoa:
Try: Lemi
Con: Fa'apale
Pens: Fa'apale 4

For Georgia:
Try: Tkhilaishvili
Con: Kvirikashvili
Pens: Kvirikashvili 4

Samoa: 15 Albert Nikoro, 14 Faatoina Autagavaia, 13 Reynold Lee Lo, 12 Faialaga Afamasaga, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Patrick Fa'apale, 9 Dwayne Polataivao, 8 Jeff Lepa, 7 TJ Ioane, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Faatiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Motu Matuu, 1 Sam Aiono
Replacements: 16 Seilala Lam, 17 Nuuuli Lene, 18 Jake Grey, 19 Talaga Alofipo, 20 Oneone Faafou, 21 Danny Tusitala, 22 D'Angelo Leuila, 23 Malu Falaniko

Georgia: 15 Merab Kviriashvili, 14 Giorgi Pruidze, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze, 11 Sandro Todua, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Giorgi Begadze, 8 Lasha Lomidze, 7 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili (c), 5 Giorgi Nemsadze, 4 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 3 Irakli Mirtskhulava, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Karlen Asieshvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Zurab Zhvania, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Saba Shubitidze, 21 Vazha Khutsishvili, 22 Lasha Malaghuradze, 23 Tamaz Mchedlidze

Referee:  Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)