By Andrew Hogan in Tbilisi
Emerging Ireland v South Africa President’s XV
Emerging Ireland and South Africa President’s XV will kick off Round 2 of the Tbilisi Cup on Tuesday evening when they go head to head at the Avchala Stadium.
Both sides come into the contest off the back of opening round victories. South Africa President’s XV scored six tries to see off a spirited Uruguayan outfit with Emerging Ireland coming from behind to beat the Georgians in a hard fought contest.
Victory for either side will see them in pole position to win the inaugural Tbilisi Cup, however neither Allen Clarke nor Jimmy Stonehouse, the coaches of Emerging Ireland and South Africa President’s XV respectively, are allowing their players to think past tomorrow evening’s fixture.
Stonehouse said: “The Irish are a good side with a squad of players with provincial rugby experience. They will be physical, they have a powerful back five in the scrum and if we can compete at set piece then if think we can give them a run for their money.
“We have made a few changes for this game, including the front row, which was always the plan. We have been forced into a change at number 8 with the injury to Renaldo Bothma. He is replaced by Zandre Jordaan.”
Ireland boss Clarke was pleased with the character his side showed to fight back and win against the host nation last Friday. He said: “It was a huge test. Georgia were in their own back yard and had the crowd behind them. Psychologically and physically it was a big ask for a young squad. It is great to have that game under our belt and we have identified the areas we need to improve ahead of tomorrow night.
“It will be a difficult game against the South Africans, they are experienced and physical and we have to try and match that and impose our game on them.”
South Africa President’s XV
15. Coenie van Wyk; 14. Alshaun Bock; 13. Willmaure Louw; 12. Adriaan Engelbrecht; 11. Rosko Specman; 10. Carl Bezuidenhout; 9. Kebe Ntanda; 1. Vincent Koch; 2. Frank Herne; 3. Ivann Espag; 4. Eduan van der Walt; 5. Brendan Strydom (Captain); 6. Brian Shabangu; 7. Uzair Cassiem; 8. Zandre Jordaan
Replacements: 16. Kwezilokusa Mkhafu; 17. Martin Dreyer; 18. Giant Mtyanda; 19. Jaco Bouwer; 20. Sinovuyo Nyoka; 21. Stefan Watermeyer; 22. Jacquin Jansen
15. David Kearney; 14. Niall Morris; 13. Brendan Macken; 12. Noel Reid; 11. Tiernan O’Halloran; 10. Ian Keatley; 9. John Cooney; 1. Jack McGrath; 2. Niall Annett; 3. Michael Bent ; 4. David Foley; 5. Ian Nagle; 6. Rhys Ruddock (Captain); 7. Jordi Murphy; 8. Robbie Diack
Replacements: 16. Robert Herring; 17. Richard Lutton; 18. Dave O’Callaghan; 19. Eoin McKeon; 20. Michael Heaney; 21. Eoin Griffin; 22. Michael Allen.
Georgia v Uruguay
Georgia and Uruguay will meet in the second game on Tuesday with both sides striving for a more disciplined performance than in their opening games last week.
The Georgians led 15-14 against Emerging Ireland with seven minutes left but were denied victory thanks to two late Irish penalties. The South Americans started very well against the South Africans but could not sustain that intensity for the full 80 minutes.
The Lelos will be looking to ensure their discipline is much better than it was on Friday night according to coach, Milton Haig. He said: “Our discipline cost us against the Irish team so this is a priority for us now for the Uruguay match; we need to be disciplined throughout the match. The Irish put us under a lot of pressure and I was pleased with the way handled that challenge.
“We made four or five good line breaks and failed to execute the final pass. We need to ensure we are clinical in these areas going forward when we have them.”
Uruguay have moved Nicolas Klappenbach to hooker and he will captain the side from the front row. Elsewhere, Alejo Duran moves from scrum half to fly half with German Albanell wearing the number nine jersey.
Uruguay are relishing the opportunity of playing Georgia on their home ground, but coach Pablo Lemoine is well aware of the task facing his side. He said: “The Georgians are a good side. They played well against Ireland the other night with a lot of intensity.
“Normally when people talk about Georgia they talk about their forward pack, however I was impressed with their backs against Emerging Ireland last Friday. I felt we played too close to the ruck against South Africa so we will look to play a more expansive game tomorrow. We also need to ensure we maintain our discipline.”
15. Beka Tsiklauri; 14. Irakli Machkhaneli (Captain); 13. Tedore Zibzibadze ; 12. Merab Sharikadze; 11. Todua Aleksandre; 10. Lasha khmaladze; 9. Giorgi Begadze; 1. Irakli Mirtskhulava; 2. Revaz Belkania; 3. Davit Zirakashvili; 4. Vakhtang Maisuradze; 5. Giorgi Chkhaidze; 6. Shalva Sutiashvili; 7. Viktor Kolelishvili; 8. Beka Bitsadze
Replacements: 16. Simon Maisuradze; 17. Levan Chilachava; 18. Giorgi Nemsadze; 19. Givi Berishvili; 20. Vazha Khutsishvili; 21. Lasha Malaguradze ; 22. Davit Kacharava
15. Jeronimo Etcheverry; 14. Maximiliano Gonzalez; 13. Joaquin Prada; 12. Alberto Roman; 11. Leandro Leivas; 10. Alejo Duran; 9. German Albanell; 1. Alejo Corral; 2. Nicolas Klappenbach (Captain); 3. Mario Sagario; 4. Rodrigo Espiga; 5. Franco Lamanna; 6. Sebastian Sagario; 7. Fernando Bascou; 8. Juan Gaminara
Replacements: 16. Arturo Avalo; 17. Francisco Jimenez; 18. Rodolfo De Mula; 19. Juan De Freitas; 20. Juan Tasistro; 21. Agustin Del Castillo; 22. Gaston Gibernau