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Nemsadze’s Georgia give Wales a fright, Samoa and Tonga suffer defeats

Giorgi Nemsadze’s Georgia pushed Wales all the way during a narrow 13-6 defeat at the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Nemsadze started in the second row as the Georgians almost pulled off a huge shock in an extraordinary finish in Cardiff.

Wales took a 10-0 lead thanks to Hallam Amos' try but Georgia defended well and were predictably powerful in the forwards.

Soso Matiashvili's boot had them within four points after 50 minutes, before Rhys Priestland's penalty calmed Welsh nerves.

Giorgi Nemsadze in action for Georgia

Samoa - captained by Chris Vui and featuring David Lemi, Jack Lam and Alapati Leuia – suffered a 17-12 defeat to Romania in Bucharest.

Florin Vlaicu opened Romania account with his boot after 17 minutes before Tim Nanai-Williams responded with a penalty in the 34th minute.

Motu Matu’u went over for Samoa to give the visitors a 10-3 lead in to the interval, but Romania hit back through Andrei Radoi and Ionel Badiu to claim the victory.

David Lemi and Jack Lam in Samoa colours (JMP UK).

Siale Piutau’s Tonga slipped to a 39-6 defeat to Japan in Toulouse.

Japan opened the scoring with Lemeki going over in just the third minute, before Sonatane Takulua closed the gap with a penalty five minutes later.

Tamura added a penalty to his earlier conversion, but Takulua replied in kind.

Tonga lock Halaleva Fifita was sent to the sin bin in the 28th minute – and Japan scored two tries in quick succession through Amanaki Lelei Mafi and Leitch.

Lemeki added his second try in the 60th minute before Kenki Fukuoka completed the scoring with a 74th minute try.

Samoa take on England at Twickenham on Saturday, a game you can watch at the Ashton Gate Sports Bar and Pizzeria following our GKIPA Championship clash with Nottingham. 

Georgia take on USA in Tblisi, while Tonga travel to Bucharest to face Romania.

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