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Canada go down to Georgia

21st November 2010 07:11



Georgia: Win tight contest

Canada suffered its first loss in three games on their current European tour after going down to Georgia 22-15 in Tbilisi.

It was just the second Test match between the two rugby nations.

Canada conceded a penalty and then a penalty try at the scrum to go down 10-0 in the first half before prop Jason Marshall touched down to make it 10-5.

Georgia responded with another forwards oriented try - mauling over from one metre to take the score to 15-5. James Pritchard hit for a penalty to make the half-time score 15-8.

In the second half the Georgians kept Canada under pressure - eventually scoring a try off a chip and chase that was gathered in right at the tryline - to give the homeside a 22-8 cushion with fifteen minutes to go.

With time running out Canada organized a ragged attack at the Lelos line - eventually seeing Aaron Carpenter across for a converted try and a 22-15 score.

In the final seconds of the game DTH van der Merwe made a dramatic line break but was stopped after a thirty metre run and that was the game.

Georgia, ranked 17th to Canada's 14 will surely enjoy such a huge home victory.

For Canada - it is time to regroup and head to Lisbon for the final match of the four test set - next weekend.