Published on Nov 16, 2013
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Georgia 23-25 USA
Autumn Internationals 16.11.2013
TBLISI, Georgia -- The Men's Eagles earned their first win in a year Saturday, 25-23 against Georgia, thanks to a last-second penalty kick from starting flyhalf Adam Siddall.
The Eagles continued on from their strong showing against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks last weekend in Philadelphia, though they did give up the first points. Merab Kvirikashvili kicked a penalty in the first five minutes before adding a try less than 10 minutes later in the corner. He converted for a 10-0 home team lead.
Men's Eagles Sevens' Folau Niua showed the speed which has made him successful on the IRB Sevens World Series Circuit following the try by chasing down a kick in Georgia territory and earned a lineout. The Eagles maintained the good field position and were eventually rewarded with a Chris Wyles try. Siddall missed the conversion attempt to make the score 10-5 in favor of Georgia.
The Eagles committed an infraction on the restart and Kvirikashvili punished them to make it 13-5 before missing another penalty goal attempt. Siddall put another three points on the board with a penalty goal of his own minutes later.
Wyles set in motion a great team play with a 50-meter run down the field, after which he found captain Todd Clever with an offload. Before going to ground, Clever passed to Blaine Scully, who ran around the last defender to dot down between the posts. The Eagles overtook Georgia after Siddall's conversion made it 15-13.
Just as in Philadelphia last Saturday, the Eagles entered halftime with a lead.
Young prop Nick Wallace was a standout performer in the 29-19 loss to the New Zealand Maori All Blacks with multiple runs and big hits. In the 55th minute, Wallace received a pass after a few phases in the Eagles' attack and dummied a pass to Andrew Suniula, opening a hole in the Georgian defense for a 40-meter, try-scoring run. Siddall again kicked the extras for a 22-13 Eagles lead.
Scully failed to save a try minutes later when he tackled a Georgian player just short of the try line as Merab Sharikadze picked up the loose ball to score. Kvirikashvali kicked the conversion to draw Georgia within two points at 22-20.
The Eagles could not find the try zone again in the remaining minutes, undone by penalty trouble. Eventually, the penalty trouble ended up helping the Eagles, as the referee signaled for play to continue after Georgia kicked to touch after 80 minutes had gone.
The Eagles won their own lineout and moved up the field quickly, though they got closer to the touch line than head coach Mike Tolkin would have hoped. They earned a penalty over 40-meters out and Clever pointed to the sticks, indicating the Eagles would kick for points.
Siddall, earning his first start at flyhalf for the Eagles, stepped up to kick from the difficult angle. He sent it through, giving the Eagles a dramatic, 25-23 win.
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