Georgia 17-16 Namibia: Georgia survive late Namibian fightback to seal best ever World Cup
Georgia's skipper Mamuka Gorgodze scored another to lead his side home against Namibia (image via: rugbyworldcup)

They may not have qualified for the quarter-finals, but Georgia's win over Namibia meant a whole deal to the Lelos, with a second win at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, all-but confirming their automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in Japan

With third-placed sides from each pool assured of free entry to the following World Cup, it will now take an extremely unlikely Tongan win over New Zealand to see Georgia drop down from third in the pool. 

For Namibia, this is the closest they have ever come to a World Cup win, with Theuns Kotze's 16-point haul leaving them just short of a historical victory. 

It was however their first ever World Cup point and is something to build on ahead of their final game at this tournament against Argentina on Sunday. 

68 minute first-half ends in bizarre manor

The first-half took a staggering 68 minutes to complete in real time, and at the end of it all, Namibia were holding their first half-time lead in World Cup history.

Two penalties in the early stages of the match by Kotze were all either side had to show in terms of points after a number of near misses by the Georgians close to the opposition line. 

In a huge blow for Namibia, their captain and Saracens' star Jacques Burger was forced to leave the field after ten minutes due to a head injury picked up in a typically ferocious tackle. 

Despite the Africans being without their enigmatic leader, they managed to hold out for the whole of the 49 minutes the ball was in play despite their opponents outgaining them in metres - 290 to just 45. 

The time it took to end the half was quite astonishing, with a number of re-set scrums, fourth official rulings and yellow cards seeing the players remain on the field for well over an hour, and the clock reading 49 minutes when the half finally came to an end. 

Early blitz sees Georgians build double-figure lead

With the Namibians down to 13 men on multiple occasions after three different sin-binnings, the European side made the most of itw with a pair of early second-half tries.

Firstly, Georgia's star man Mamuka Gorgodze crashed over after another break from full-back Merab Kvirikashvili, who was sensational with ball in hand all night. 

Just five minutes later fly-half Lasha Malaguradze was fed the ball five metres out and beat his opposite man to score under the posts to stretch the lead to 14 after Kvirikashvili's second conversion. 

Namibians fight back to set up tense finale

With Namibia starting to come back into the game, Georgian skipper Gorgodze made the pragmatic choice, and directed Kvirikashvili to kick a penalty instead of going for the kill, with the full-back obliging to extend the lead to 11.

Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, Kotze replied with a penalty of his own from just inside the opposition half as the Africans started to assert their dominance.

Astonishingly the lead was cut to just one, when that man Kotze was on the end of a flowing back move to dot down in the corner, which of course he converted to set up a crazy final five minutes.

It wasn't to be though as Namibia's 18th straight World Cup defeat was confirmed, despite the incredible performance of number eight Renaldo Bothma who carried his impressively throughout. 

For Georgia, a second win at this competition is the most they've achieved at a World Cup, sparking joyous scenes at full-time, where they celebrated the career of 53 cap prop Davit Kirakashvili

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