Wallabies overcome tough Georgia ahead of World Cup knockouts

Australia's Taniela Tupou runs at the Georgian defence during the Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka, Japan, Friday, Oct.11, 2019. (AP)
Updated 12 October 2019

Wallabies overcome tough Georgia ahead of World Cup knockouts

SHIZUOKA, JAPAN: Australia fine-tuned preparations for a likely Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England with a hard-fought, error-strewn 27-8 Pool D victory over Georgia at Shizuoka on Friday.

Wales’ 27-19 win over Fiji on Wednesday had guaranteed the Wallabies a place in the last eight, with the Welsh playing minnows Uruguay on Sunday in a match that should see them book the pool winners’ spot.

In blustery conditions and heavy rain as Typhoon Hagibis headed for landfall on Japan’s east coast, Australia were forced into a real arm wrestle by the hard-hitting Georgians in the two countries’ first-ever Test match.

The Wallabies dominated possession and territory early on, and successfully pitted their set piece against one of the strongest at the World Cup.

But the Georgians put in a mean defensive shift and kept in the game by seizing on a catalog of basic handling errors by their Tier One opponents.

A tight opening quarter saw play see-saw between the two 22m areas, David Pocock and Jack Dempsey trading tough tackles with back-row rivals Mamuka Gorgodze and Beka Gorgadze.

Veteran center Davit Kacharava, extending the Georgian Test cap record to 119, took it one step too far, however, miraculously escaping a yellow card from French referee Pascal Gauzere after crashing his elbow into the face of a prone Kurtley Beale.

The fleet-footed full-back received medical attention before leaving the pitch for a head injury assessment, never to return to the paddock at Shizuoka’s Ecopa Stadium.

The Georgians repelled wave after wave of attack, notching up almost 80 tackles in the first 20 minutes.

But an initial break by Matt Toomua set up another Wallaby attacking platform and Georgia eventually wilted, scrum-half Nic White burrowing past Mikheil Nariashvili from close range for a try Toomua converted.

Dania Akeel to become the first Saudi female rider holding FIA license

Updated 19 November 2019

Dania Akeel to become the first Saudi female rider holding FIA license

  • Akeel set to receive license for Speed Bikes Competition

JEDDAH: Dania Akeel is set to become the first Saudi female to receive her Speed Bikes Competition license after applying through the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation.

The General Sports Authority and the Saudi Arabian Motorsports Federation have been supporting Saudi athletes through special programs held to attract young people and develop their sporting experiences.

Akeel, after receiving her competition license, announced that the UAE National SportsBike Super Series will be her first competition, taking place in Dubai Autodrome. She will be riding a Ducati 899.

“I am very grateful to God for the opportunities that have transpired for me to be able to race in the upcoming UAE National Sportbike Super Series organized by Furiosa Racing.”

She added: “I would like to thank the Saudi Arabian Motorsports Federation for aproviding me with the utmost support in obtaining the license. Their methodology has been extremely efficient and helpful. I would also like to thank the Emirates Motorsport Organization and Furiosa Racing for their support and effort in guiding me through this process.”

The UAE National SportsBike Super Series grid will host the competition between more than 15 racers for five consecutive rounds. 

Akeel has been practicing with professional racers, including national champions, to sharpen her skills.