Six Nations B rivals take it to world stage
September 22, 2011
Merab Kvirikashvili kicked two conversions and a penalty during the last meeting with Romania © Getty Images
Romania go into their Pool B against Georgia with an edge over their Six Nations B rivals on previous meetings.
The Oaks have won eight of the 14 matches between the two sides since they first met at Lansdowne Road in 1998. Romania ran out 27-23 winners in the qualifier for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Romania went on to win five of the first six meetings between the two sides with Georgia recording only one win in Bucharest in 2001.
However, in recent years Georgia have turned the tables on Romania with four victories in the last five clashes. The last encounter came only in March with Georgia running out 18-11 victors after tries from fullback Bessik Khamashuridze and lock Vakhtang Maissuradze.
The two sides have been regualr Six Nations B rivals since 2000 with either of them taking the overall title in eight of the last ten seasons.
Georgia v Romania
All-time record: Played: 14, Georgia won 6, Romania won 8
Biggest winning margin:Georgia: 15, 22-7 at Tbilisi, 2008; Romania: 25, 35-10 at Bucharest, 2006
Highest score: Georgia: 31 (31-10) at Bucharest, 2001; Romania: 35 (35-10) at Bucharest, 2006
Most tries: Georgia: 3 (31-20) at Bucharest, 2001; Romania: 4 (35-10) at Bucharest, 2006
Longest winning sequence: Georgia: 3 (2007-2010); Romania: 3 (2002-2005)
Most points (individual): Georgia: Paliko Jimsheladze 44; Romania: 45 Petre Mitu and Ionut Tofan
Most tries (individual): Georgia: 2 Mamuka Gorgodze; Romania: 4 Gabriel Brezoianu
Most points in a Test: Georgia: 18 Petre Mitu, Bucharest 2006; Romania: 18 Malkhaz Urjukashvili Tblisi, 2002
Previous Rugby World Cup meetings:: None
Click here for Georgia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Romania's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for a record of all Romania v Georgia matches courtesy of Statsguru
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