Fiji bounce back from that Uruguay defeat with an impressive victory over Georgia in Osaka In the clear: Waisea Nayacalevu runs in the first try for Fiji (Getty Images) Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 2019 Rugby World Cup: Georgia 10-45 FijiHead-to-headPlayed – 4Georgia wins – 1Fiji wins – 3Did You Know?Merab Sharikadze became Georgia’s third captain at this World Cup following Jaba Bregvadze (v Uruguay) and Mikheil Nariashvili (v Wales). Georgia have never named more than two different captains at a previous World Cup.Semi Radradra became the first player at this World Cup to produce three try assists in a single match.In a nutshellThese two sides are known for having a contrast in styles – Fiji’s flair v Georgia’s grit, all-out attack v set-piece solidity. The two teams also had to deal with a contrast in weather at Osaka’s picturesque Hanazono Stadium, with rain and sunshine sporadically swapping positions in the sky throughout the 80 minutes.As it transpired, though, the Georgian scrum was not able to dominate in the manner it is renowned for. The work Fiji have been doing with Alan Muir over recent years paid dividends here as they not only got parity at the set-piece but were often on top, winning penalties against the head on a couple of occasions.Fiji ran in seven tries in all and could have had more but for some handling errors, making that Uruguay defeat even harder to comprehend, and showed Wales they will have to be on their mettle to contain the islanders next Wednesday.Georgia looked like they would take the lead after quarter of an hour when Soso Matiashvili lined up a penalty shot at goal. While Matthew Carley raised his flag, Jaco Peyper – the other assistant referee – did not, so Paul Williams went to the TMO to confirm it had missed the posts.Hard to stop: Levani Botia tests the Georgian defence (Getty Images)Instead the first points of the game went to Fiji, when Waisea Nayacaleveu scored a try midway through the half. It started with a grubber kick from Ben Volavola, which was picked up by Semi Radradra as Georgia wing Giorgi Kveseladze was caught worrying about the threat of the wing rather than diving on the ball. Radradra fed the ball to Nayacaleveu on the inside and the centre had a clear run-in. Volavola, the man who had started it all, added the conversion.Georgia did get on the board before half-time, Matiashvili slotting a penalty after a length-of-the-field attack. Yes, a length-of-the-field attack!Cheeky! A fan with the flags of both Georgia and Fiji painted on her face (Getty Images)There was a point when it appeared the two teams had swapped each other’s characteristics. Fiji won a scrum penalty and Georgia launched a break from their own 22, some sharp passes (followed by a few pick-and-goes) taking them up to the line and providing the penalty opportunity.There were a few eyebrows raised early in the second half when Fiji opted for a scrum from a penalty – but it paid off. With a solid platform they spread the ball wide, Kini Murimurivalu released Radradra with a lovely back-handed offload and he beat several players down the wing before once again providing the try assist with a six-metre, one-handed pass inside to Frank Lomani.Radradra made it a hat-trick of assists a few minutes later when Fiji launched a set play from a lineout. Peceli Yato delivered quick ball off the top for Lomani and the passes flowed between Botia, Volavola, Radradra and finally Josua Tuisova, who powered over. TAGS: FijiGeorgia LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Georgia hit back quickly though. Kveseladze won the restart, Otari Giorgadze made ground and Mamuka Gorgodze drove over low following a series of surges by the forwards.Yet the strength of the Fijian back-line came to the fore again when the ball was spread wide from another scrum; Tuisova cut a line off his wing to return the favour and be the provider for Radradra to run in the bonus-point try from 40 metres. It then became very ugly for Georgia as Fiji ran in another three tries in the last 20 minutes. First Semi Kunatani went over from close range after a Botia pass, then Api Ratuniyarawa was the beneficiary of a Lomani break to run in under the posts and Radradra then showed his athleticism by finishing another try in the corner.When Fiji turn on the style like this, it makes you wonder what might have been had things played out differently at RWC 2019. Regardless, they will test Wales in Oita next week.Star manThis is a one-horse race. Three assists, two tries, numerous other involvements… Semi Radradra runs away with the Man of the Match award, just as he ran away from Georgian defenders so often on the pitch. He seems to find space where there is none and get his hands free to offload when he has no right to. A huge talent and a joy to watch – the 20,000-plus crowd here certainly relished seeing him with ball in hand.Double time: Semi Radradra shows his athleticism to score his second (Getty Images)Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageThe reactionFiji coach John McKee: “The scrum doesn’t just happen in a week or a month. We’ve been working on it for a long time. That work has gone in over four or five years and it has got us to where we are today, where our scrum can match anyone in the world. That’s a real credit to the players for the work they’re doing and our scrum coach Alan Muir.“The Uruguay defeat hurt us. Today they just wanted to express themselves as rugby players and it’s really pleasing that we managed to do that.”Georgia coach Milton Haig: “The first half was pretty close, but once you let Fiji get behind you and put a couple of passes together it’s very difficult to defend. As soon as they make a line break, they get very excited about support play and having someone there and it’s a little like sevens. Once they get behind and get their tails up, they’re the best in the world at throwing the ball around and scoring tries.“We defended well and scrambled well in the first half, but our energy and execution wasn’t there in the last 30 minutes.”The TeamsGeorgia: Soso Matiashvili; Giorgi Kveseladze, David Kacharava, Merab Sharikadze (captain, Lasha Malaguradze 43-55), Alexander Todua (Miriani Modebadze 72); Lasha Khmaladze, Vasil Lobzhanidze (Gela Aprasidze 65); Mikheil Nariashvili (Guram Gogichashvili 58), Shalva Mamukashvili (Jaba Bregvadze 58), Beka Gigashvili (Levan Chilachava 65-78), Giorgi Nemsadze, Konstantine Mikautadze (Beka Saginadze 53), Giorgi Tkhilaishvili (Otari Giorgadze 53), Mamuka Gorgodze, Beka Gorgadze.Try: Gorgodze 53. Con: Matiashvili. Pen: Matiashvili.Fiji: Kini Murimurivalu (Josh Matavesi 72); Josua Tuisova, Waisea Nayacalevu (Jale Vatubua 70), Lepani Botia, Semi Radradra; Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani (Nikola Matawalu 75); Campese Ma’afu (Peni Ravai 55), Samuel Matavesi, Manasa Saulo (Lee Roy Atalifo 75), Tevita Cavubati (Api Ratuniyarawa 66), Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (captain), Semi Kunatani, Peceli Yato (Viliame Mata 66).Tries: Nayacalevu 20, Lomani 45, Tuisova 50, Radradra 61, 76, Kunatani 68, Ratuniyarawa 70. Cons: Volavola 5.Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.
Howard Hall and Morrissey Hall will hold a bone marrow drive today in LaFortune’s Dooley Room with Be the Match Registry, an organization in charge of the national bone marrow registry. Event organizer Sarah Calahan said the drive promotes the dedication Notre Dame students have to service. “We do so much service here to help people and improve the world – this is just another powerful way for you to save a life,” Calahan said. “It’s a great cause to get involved with so come on by for a free bro tank, free food and to save a life.” Calahan said participants’ DNA samples are registered in the national registry after a sample is taken. “All you have to do is take a glorified Q-tip [and] swab your cheek. If you are matched to a patient, then you can choose to donate your marrow,” said Sarah, “It is serious if you are called [because] you could save a person’s life.” This year, the drive chose senior Bridget Dillon and sophomore Scott Dawson as its two spokespeople from the Notre Dame community. Dillon donated bone marrow last year to a pediatric patient. “I was sitting in my best friend’s dorm room when I received a call that I was a possible match for a nine-year old girl with aplastic anemia,” Dillon said. Calahan said though Dillon signed up for the registry during her sophomore year, she was chosen later because bone marrow matches are very rare. “Out of the 500 people that register every year, Bridget was the only one who was requested to donate her marrow,” said Sarah. Dawson said he was on the other side of the donation process. He said he had leukemia and got a bone marrow transplant during his sophomore year. “I underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and thankfully have been cancer-free since,” Scott said. “Although I don’t need a transplant at this time, leukemia patients like me rely on generosity of donors through the Be The Match Registry to beat this disease.” Calahan said technological improvements have made bone marrow transplants easier to perform than in the past. “Bone marrow transplants are not as medically serious now as they were. 75 percent of the bone marrow transplants are non-invasive [and] performed non-surgically,” she said. “Blood is drawn from one arm, it is filtered and then put back into the other arm.” Dillon said her transplant was surgically harvested. This exception was made since she was donating to a pediatric patient. “Bone marrow transplants that were done surgically from the hip bone used to happen within families because no one wanted to go through so much pain for a stranger,” she said. “But now it is relatively simpler and so it is easier to save lives.”
Even when it slumped in the third quarter, ESM made key stops, and then regrouped late as Devin Mascato-Buffaloe led the attack, his 24 points half a result from four 3-pointers.Sevem other Spartans earned field goals, though no one had more than Joe Kopp’s total of six points. On Auburn’s side, only Andrew Bishuk, with 11 points, hit double figures.Two days later, it was ESM in a neighborhood clash against Fayetteville-Manlius, and it went the Spartans’ way as, once again, it shut down an opponent on the way to a 60-45 victory. Game by game, and week by week, the East Syracuse Minoa boys basketball team further establishes its legitmacy amid a crowded field of Class A contenders.The Spartans were 3-0, but without even a mention in the state Class A rankings, when it traveled west to take on 4-1 Auburn last Thursday night. And it was ESM’s defense that made most of the difference in a 55-44 victory over the Maroons.During the first half, the Spartans steadily produced baskets and nearly doubled Auburn’s output, building a 34-18 margin that it would protect the rest of the way. Tags: boys basketballCBAESMF-MJ-D During a dominant first half, ESM amassed a 37-14 lead on the Hornets, and quite unlike the Auburn game, the production was spread around.Mascato-Buffaloe was held to eight points, but Nick Brown led with 12 points and Jimmy Ferns got 11 points, with Naiche Cook and Matt Burchill-Wright each getting eight points, too, and Peterson earning seven points.Josh Michel led F-M with 12 points, but in many ways, despite a late surge, the Hornets found itself unable to recover not just from the way the Spartans jumped all over them, but the way the previous night’s game with Liverpool ended.With a chance to knock off the Warriors at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall and a lead in the final minutes, F-M still suffered a tough 57-55 defeat.Solid early production had the Hornets out in front, 18-13, through one period, and for a majority of the game it kept that margin as Ethan Page, with 16 points, and Jack Nucerino, with 13 points, led the way.Yet it could not put away Liverpool and, clinging to a 55-54 lead as time wound down, the Hornets fouled Jack Pento. Though Pento missed the free throw, Jacob Works got the rebound, converted, was fouled – and converted the three-point play with six seconds left.F-M was unable to answer it, and the Warriors escaped, mostly leaning on Works, whose 22 points topped all scorers.Elsewhere that night, Jamesville-DeWitt breezed to a 75-53 win over Fulton where it was close until the second quarter, when the Red Rams outscored the Red Raiders 23-10.Bishop Grimes hosted Syracuse Academy of Science and kept rolling with a 70-63 victory over the Atoms, where Jack Gutchess poured in 21 points as Ian Denton and Joe Wike had 18 points apiece. Sylvester Seton finished with 11 points.Manlius-Pebble Hill hosted Cato-Meridian and lost, 75-42, to the Blue Devils. Alex Abrams had 21 points, half the Trojans’ output, while James Kelly had 10 points and 12 rebounds.In Saturday’s action, Christian Brothers Academy had yet another close call, this time against its affiliated school in Albany, who edged the Brothers 69-68 in overtime.Down 50-45 through three quarters, CBA rallied to tie it, 61-61, and get it to OT, yet fell just short as Dan Anderson got 26 points, with Sam Haas adding 13 points and Colin Kelly earning 10 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story