Ma­ti­ashvili stars as Ge­or­gians fire warn­ing to Wales

The Rugby Paper - - Autumn Internationals - ■ By TOM SCOTT

THE Ge­or­gians ham­mered out a six try warn­ing to Wales ahead of their clash at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on Satur­day as they beat Canada 54-22 in Tbil­isi.

Full-back Soso Ma­ti­ashvili scored a Ge­or­gian record 34 points in the game as he helped him­self to two tries and kicked 24 points to make it a quick­fire dou­ble over the Canucks hav­ing beaten them in the sum­mer.

Cana­dian skip­per Phil Mack did his best to try to in­spire his side and sparked two of the three tries by the vis­i­tors with quick tap penal­ties. Tay­lor Paris got the first and then DTH van der Merwe crossed for the other to raise his Cana­dian try record to 26.

The third try came on the hour from out­side-half Bruce Staller, who also kicked the rest of the points for Canada. That closed the gap to 40-22, but two more home tries in the fi­nal ten min­utes sealed an­other no­table tri­umph for Mil­ton Haig’s side.

Ma­ti­ashvili opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond minute af­ter a pin-point cross kick left a gap­ing hole in the de­fence. He added the con­ver­sion, kicked three penal­ties and put over a sec­ond con­ver­sion of a driv­ing maul try on the stroke of half-time.

The pow­er­ful Ge­or­gian scrum turned up the herat and Toulon prop Le­van Chilichava bur­rowed over.

Merab Sharikadze grabbed a charge down try and Ma­ti­ashvili scored be­fore re­place­ment prop Kakha Asieshvili touched down the fi­nal try.

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