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World Cup: France reaches quarterfinal with 64-7 victory over Georgia

World Cup: France reaches quarterfinal with 64-7 victory over Georgia

France charged into the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal with a 64-7 demolition of Georgia on Sunday to show that its shocking opening game loss to Argentina is now no more than a distant memory.
Although the outcome is likely to be a meeting with hot favorite New Zealand in the last eight, Bernard Laporte's team gave the crowd at Marseille's Stade Velodrome a nine try show with winger Christophe Dominici scoring twice and leading eight different Frenchman across the Georgian line. Flyhalf Lionel Beauxis scored 24 points with a try, five conversions and three penalties.
Laporte's team frequently ripped apart a Georgian side which had almost beaten Ireland and posted a 30-0 victory over Namibia.
Laporte had made nine changes from the lineup that beat Ireland 25-3 but the gamble appeared to be a safe one from the time Beauxis kicked his first penalty and converted a 10th minute try by fullback Clement Poitrenaud.
The flyhalf then added two more penalties and any chance Georgia had of an upset vanished when prop Mamuka Magrakvelidze was sent to the sinbin for tripping Jean-Baptiste Elissalde with a deliberate kick.
Yannick Nyanga turned the resulting penalty into a try when France opted for a lineout instead of a kick at goal and Georgia was still down to 14 players when Beauxis finished off a well worked move and then converted to give his team a 30-0 halftime lead.
Dominici added a fourth try, which meant a bonus point, after collecting a high, diagonal kick from Beauxis near the corner and hooker Sebastian Bruno celebrated his World Cup debut with a try. Lionel Nallet, Remy Martin and Julien Bonnaire also crossed.
With France dominant throughout, Georgia was already 59-0 down when Ilia Maisuradze took a tap penalty and crossed for a try which Malkhaz Urjukashvili converted.


Updated : 2021-10-23 10:26 GMT+08:00