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Double for Hape as England defeat Georgia

18 September 2011

  • Shontayne Hape grabs first-half brace as England defeat Georgia in Dunedin
  • Delon Armitage, Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashton add tries in second half
England centre Shontayne Hape stretches over for his second try against Georgia

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A second-half blitz was enough to give England a comfortable 41-10 win over Georgia.

However, while the scoreline, and bonus point, will have satisfied, England left the Otago Stadium knowing they have much harder challenges ahead.

England attaked with more intent than they were able to against Argentina a week ago, with Simon Shaw, Tom Palmer, James Haskell, Delon Armitage and Shontayne Hape all impressing.

However, had Georgia's kicker Mareb Kvirikashvili enjoyed a better day with the boot Martin Johnson's men would have been made to pay for an ill-disciplined first half during which they conceded 11 penalties and had hooker Dylan Hartley yellow carded.

But by the final whistle, Hape (2), Armitage, Manu Tuilagi and Chris Ashton (2) had all crossed for tries, while Toby Flood kicked 11 points.

Georgia took advantage of Hartley's 10-minute stint on the sidelines to score a try through No.8 Dimitri Basilaia while Kvirikashvili slotted over five points.

But Kvirikashvili missed his first three shots at goal and another two after the break as Gerogia, who lost to Scotland in the week, tired following the exertions of playing two games in four days.

England opened the scoring after just three minutes. Shaw made the initial yards from Basilaia's mistake, with Hape scooting through a gap at the fringes of the breakdown to run through unopposed. Flood converted.

Georgia's response was almost immediate though after England coughed up possession from a scrum in their own 22 but Ashton did just enough to deny Irakli Machkhaneli in the corner.

Damaging ill-discipline

Kvirikashvili then missed two shots at goal while Alexander Todua was brought down by Ben Youngs as Georgia sought to take the game to England.

Feeling the affects of a physical and disreuptive Georgian pack, England conceded a series of penalties at the breakdown. However, having endured an uncomfortable 15-minute spell, the men in white began to settle and put the phases together, and unlike Georgia, they took their chance when it came along with Hape benefiting after a series of drives forward. Flood converted to put England 14-0 up after 22 minutes.

Kvirikashvili was off target with his third successive kick before the Georgia fly half finally found his range after 27 minutes.

Flood responded with a penalty of his own to restore England's 14-point lead.

But Georgia finished the half with a flourish when Hartley was sin-binned for hands in a ruck. With seven men in the England scrum, Basilaia broke off the back of the scrum and powered over. Kvirikashvili converted.

England close out the game

Chris Ashton celebrates scoring a try

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England made a bright start to the second half — despite being a man down – with Armitage denied a try by desperate cover defence.

There was no denying the makeshift wing five minutes later, though, as a sharp step and quick hands from Foden released him again to dive over.

Kvirikashvili failed to cut the deficit with his fourth and fifth misses of the match - and it was England who moved further out in front, with Tuilagi picking an excellent arcing line off Flood's pass to power through. Flood converted.

And as Georgia tired Ashton was next to score, with Tom Wood breaking through initially before shipping the ball on to his Northampton colleague. Flood was on target with the extras.

Ben Foden then had his late try chalked off for a forward pass but he turned provider with the last play as he popped the ball up for Ashton to dive over in the corner.

England Georgia teams

England: Foden, Ashton, Tuilagi, Hape, Armitage, Flood, Youngs; Stevens, Hartley, Cole, Shaw, Palmer, Wood, Moody, Haskell.

Replacements: Banahan for Tuilagi (67), Simpson for Youngs (67), Corbisiero for Cole (65), Thompson for Wood (40), Croft for Moody (57).

Not Used: Deacon, Wilkinson.

Georgia: Gigauri, Machkhaneli, Kacharava, Zibzibadze, Todua, Kvirikashvili, Abuseridze; Khinchagashvili, Bregvadze, Kubriashvili, Zedginidze, Maisuradze, Sutiashvili, Gorgodze, Basilaia.

Replacements: Khmaladze for Machkhaneli (42), Samkharadze for Abuseridze (63), Zirakashvili for Kubriashvili (24), Datunashvili for Zedginidze (5), Chkhaidze for Sutiashvili (31), Berishvili for Basilaia (60).

Not Used: Giorgadze.