Georgia blank Canada in Calgary

Georgia full-back Merab Kvirkashvili scored all the points of the match in his side’s 13-0 victory over Canada in Calgary on Saturday.

The game was played in extremely windy and rainy conditions and served as a precursor to the Rugby World Cup qualifiers later this month.

Georgia's dogged defence ensured the Canadians went tryless in this game as Georgia continue to make a name for themselves in World Rugby.

Canada's Aaron Carpenter became the most-capped Canadian player ever, tied alongside Al Charron with 76 caps to his name.

The first-half saw both sides employing conservative gameplans, taking the ball up through the forwards around the fringes of the ruck.

As a result, the opening 40 minutes was a largely scoreless affair, except for Kvirkashvili's early penalty which saw Georgia take a 3-0 lead in to the interval.

Kvirkashvili added three points to double the away side's lead in the 46th minutes. However, he failed to further double their lead when he missed two more opportunities before the hour mark.

The veteran number 15 made up for this when he pounced on a wayward Canadian pass to score the only try of the match which he converted himself.

The scorers:

For Georgia:
Try: Kvirkashvili
Con: Kvirkashvili
Pens: Kvirkashvili 2

Canada: 15 Andrew Coe, 14 Dan Moor, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Guiseppe Du Toit, 11 Sean Duke, 10 Shane O’Leary, 9 Phil Mack, 8 Admir Cejvanovic, 7 Matt Heaton, 6 Kyle Baillie, 5 Conor Keys, 4 Brett Beukeboom (c), 3 Jake Ilnicki, 2 Benoit Piffero, 1 Djustice Sears-Duru
Replacements: 16 Eric Howard, 17 Anthony Luca, 18 Matt Tierney, 19 Liam Chisholm, 20 Aaron Carpenter, 21 Andrew Ferguson, 22 Gradyn Bowd, 23 Ciaran Hearn

Georgia: 15 Merab Kvirikashvili, 14 Soso Matiashvili, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze (c), 11 Sandro Todua, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Bitsadze, 7 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 6 Lasha Lomidze, 5 Kote Mikautadze, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Anton Peikrishvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Badri Alkhazashvili, 17 Kakha Asieshvili, 18 Soso Bekoshvili, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Otar Giorgadze, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Lasha Malaghiradze, 23 Giorgi Chkhaidze

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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