Giant strides for Georgia and Tunisia

(IRB.COM) Monday 14 April 2008
 Giant strides for Georgia and Tunisia
A seventh successive win against Russia was cause for celebration for Georgia at the weekend

Georgia took a giant stride towards winning the 2008 European Nations Cup at the weekend with a tight 18-12 away win over fierce rivals Russia in Krasnoyarsk.

In winning the crucial match the Georgians consolidated their position as number one in the FIRA tournament standings, ahead of the Russians and Romania.

Georgia have one match remaining, against Spain in Tblisi, while Russia - two points behind them - still have to travel to the Czech Republic. Romania have played all 10 of their matches.

Georgia have now won their last seven matches against Russia and they remain in 14th place in the IRB World Rankings. Russia, meanwhile, slide one place to 17th, swapping places with Romania.

The race to win Europe's Division 2A also gathered momentum at the weekend with Belgium beating Moldova in Chisinau to top the table on points difference.

Belgium climb one place in the world to 28, while Moldova fall two to 31. In the other match in Europe Armenia ran out 24-13 winners over Denmark.

Tunisia hit back

The week's biggest climbers in the IRB World Rankings were Tunisia, who responded to their loss against Hong Kong last weekend by beating the Asian side in the return leg in Tunis, 29-9.

Tunisia rise three places in the world list to 33, while Hong Kong fall three to 30.