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Georgia's "Ball of Fate"2012-03-19 14:53
Georgia's rugby team has defeated Russian team with a score 46:0. The match was held on March 17, in frameworks of the European Nations Cup in rugby. This victory is significant not only for the Georgian rugby fans, but for all the Georgians. In addition to the victory on the game field, this success is considered by the Georgians as another victory in the long confrontation between the two countries.
Georgia's rugby team has defeated the Russian team with a score of 46:0. The match was held on March 17 in Tbilisi at the National Stadium n.a. Mikhail Meskhi in frameworks of the European Cup of Nations. In addition to the Georgian rugby fans, the match was attended by the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili and his wife, Sandra Roelofs, the Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri and other government officials. Many fans, who had failed to get to the stadium, gathered at the surrounding streets, IA Regnum reported.
According to the Echo Moskvy, Russian rugby team has not defeated Georgian players since 1993. All tickets for the match in Tbilisi have been sold for the week. The Russian national team came to Georgia for the first time after the events of August 2008. Since that time, matches involving teams of Georgia and Russia were carried out at neutral stadiums. The political aspect of the upcoming meeting has been actively discussed on the Internet.
As stated by the head coach of Russian team Jingle Jones after the match, Georgian team was very strong and had won a worthy victory. The head coach of Georgian team Milton Haig was also satisfied with the outcome of the match and congratulated Georgian sportsmen with a record result, but noted that this team had more potential.
At the same time, according to the NewsGeorgia, in Georgia, the victory over the Russian national team was taken with great enthusiasm, against the background of political tensions and confrontation. The fans welcomed the Georgian players as national heroes, during the game they have been chanting slogans in support of the team and accompanied every player who left the field on a replacement with the applause.
"We all are experiencing strong emotions! All hopes we had set on our team, came true. We've scored 46 points. This is a crushing victory and we wish further victories to our team", the edition quoted Shalva Kharshiladze, a rugby fan.