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ENC Division A: Czechs made Georgia work hard

30.3.2008 Czech Republic 3 Georgia 22

On Saturday the 29th March played the Czech national team of his penultimate match in the ME Division A. In Prague's Eden, the Czechs played their best game this year despite losing to the favourites Georgia by a difference of nineteen points. Georgia thanks to seven wins climbed to the top of the Division A, the Czech team is without a win in the last place.

Game report

Players in charge of the Czech national team coach Martin Kafka showed a spirited performance to the domestic audience. In the begginning, they kept the favourised Georgia on back feet. After twenty minutes of the game, the Czechs played well a driven lineout, Georgian defense was under pressure and collapsed the maul, for which the referee showed a yellow card for Georgian forward Sutiashviliho.

Pavel Vokrouhlík converted the subsequent penalty kick and sent his team into the lead.

Czechs' numerical superiority was unfortunately fruitless, Vokrouhlík missed a further penalty kick and the guests started to play strongly after Sutishviliho returned.

First, Malaguradze equalled to 3:3 and less than a minute later he himself cut through the Czech defence and scored with own conversion.

Po změně stran se obraz hy nezměnil, český tým dobře bránil a vynikal ve standardních situacích roje. After the break, the game didn't change, the Czech team defended well and excelled in set pieces.

However, the guests have been able to score two mre tries, but had to work very hard for the victory.

"We lost, of course, I am not satisfied. However, I am happy with the performance, the new structure of defence paid off. What we miss, however, is a will to try attack more, as if we were afraid to make a mistake. In three weeks we will face an opponent much stronger Russia who will certainly arrive with a full squad, because they attack the overall victory and knw very well that they have underestimated us twice already" Martin Kafka said after the match.

Czech Republic 3 Georgia 22

  • Date: 29.3.2008 15:00
  • Place: Prague 10, Eden

Scoring: 3:0, 3:3, 3:8, 3:10 - 3:15, 3:20, 3:22

Czech Republic 3 (3)

Pen: Vokrouhlík

Georgia 22 (10)

Try: Malaguradze, Chkhikvadze, Dadunashvili
Con: Malaguradze, Kiasashvili
Pen: Malaguradze

Czech Republic

1 Šuster Roman ('75 16 Skall) , 2 Oswald Jan ('79 17 Kutil), 3 Fajkus Radim ('18 18 Heller) - 4 Voves Robert, 5 Kurka Jan, 6 Macháček Jan, 7 Němeček Miroslav, 8 Buryánek Jiří - 9 Syrový Pavel, 10 Vokrouhlík Pavel - 11 Rohlík Jan ('73 22 Rudolf), 12 Čamrda Pavel, 13 Pekárek Martin, 14 Kodera Roman - 15 Jursík Václav
not used: 19 Karel Kucera, 20 Josef Blaha, 21 Jirman Milan

Georgia

1 Goderdzi Shevilidze, 2 Davit Dadunashvili, 3 Shota Melikidze ('40 17 Giorgi Mchedlishvili) - 4 Shalva Sutiashivili, 5 Giorgi Nemsadze ('75 18 Aleksandre Mchedishvili) - 6 Giorgi Chkvaidze ('40 16 Simon Maisuradze), 7 Besarion Udesiani ('73 19 Davit Chichua), 8 Dimitri Basilaia - 9 Giorgi Kachavava, 10 Lasha Malaguradze ('75 Metan Kvirikashvili) - 11 Irakli Chkmikuadze ('75 21 Aleksandre Nilaradze), 12 Aleksandre Todua, 13 Davit Kacharava, 14 Giorgi Shkinin - 15 Irakli Kiasashvili not used: 22 Vasil Abashidze

Division A Table

# teamgames w
d
l s+ s- points +/-
1Georgia8701252
8222+170
2Romania
10604277
14422+133
3Russia870125112621+125
4Portugal930615717515-18
5Spain
830519220114-9
6
Czech Republic
9 90 00 09 956 56457 4579 9-401 -401
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