Rugby World Cup 2023 – Georgia and Portugal failed to settle the score between themselves (18-18) during the third day of the World Cup group stage. This is the first draw for the World Cup.
Rare. Georgia and Portugal failed to decide between themselves during the third day of the 2023 Rugby World Cup group stage, giving the competition its first draw. At Toulouse Stadium, Lelos and Lobos tied with a score of (18-18), this Saturday, September 23.
Georgia – Portugal: All attempts in the match on video
There were four tries during this open and very entertaining match: two for the Portuguese Patrice Laguesquet and two for the Georgians, favorites at kick-off. It was Lelos who opened the scoring in the second minute, thanks to winger Akaki Taboutsadze. At the break, Georgia was leading 13-5.
Portugal is very close to happiness..
The second half looked like a lonely one for the Portuguese. The 16th-placed nation in the World Rugby Rankings utterly destroyed their opponent, and rarely have they been put in such a state by a country supposedly at a lower level.
Leading on the scoreboard, thanks to a brace from their winger Rafael Storti (34, 57), the ‘Wolves’ finally got to the brink in the 78th minute after an attempt validated on video, signed by Tengizhi Zamtaradze.
However, a few seconds after this unconverted attempt, Portugal earned the match point after being awarded a penalty kick. Nuno Souza Guedes was also defeated by the Poles (82nd place). It was disappointing, certainly because the Iberian nation was never close to achieving its first Rugby World Cup victory. But the Lobos can be proud of themselves.