Georgia’s national rugby team have defeated Germany 64-8 in the German town of Heusenstamm in a Rugby Europe Championship match today.
This was the first rugby meeting between the nations since Germany was relegated to Division B in 2010. Georgia played its part in Germany’s demotion that year with a 77-3 trouncing in Tbilisi.
A similarly straightforward afternoon was expected this time round with the Germans ranked 25th in the world, ten places below Georgia. It was an opportunity for Georgia to strike the first sporting blow of the year against Germany whose football team travel to Tbilisi at the end of March.
After playing the Germans, Georgia host Portugal on February 14 before a trip to Spain on February 28.
If Georgia can exert their superiority as head coach Milton Haig will be expecting, they should go into their penultimate match against Russia in Tbilisi on March 14 with maximum points and bonuses.
The Lelos of Georgia finish off with a trip to Romania on March 21 which, most years, acts as the decider between the two strongest teams in the competition by some distance, although Russia appear to be slowly narrowing the gap.
Meanwhile, 2015 will be a historic year for the Lelos as they compete in the World Cup for the fourth time running, during which they will play the all-conquering New Zealand in Cardiff in October.
Preparation for the World Cup has been underway for some time with the autumn tests against Tonga, Ireland and Japan furthering Georgia’s readiness for the finals in England and Wales later this year.