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Summary

  1. Pool C FT: Namibia 16-17 Georgia
  2. Gorgodze, Malaguradze tries, Kvirikashvili 2 cons, 1 pen
  3. Kotze try, con & 3 pens for Namibia
  4. Georgia effectively secure third place to earn 2019 spot
  5. Namibia pick up three yellow cards but also first ever point

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  1. Goodbye

    As Jacques Burger and his Namibia team wave goodbye to the Exeter crowd, it is time for us to bid farewell too.

    Make sure you join us again on Friday to see if Tonga can shock New Zealand and snatch that automatic qualification spot from Georgia's grasp. Until then...

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    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

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    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Heart-warming scenes on the Sandy Park pitch as the Georgia players celebrate their win by chanting and hoisting Mamuka Gorgodze into the autumn air. They know that they are likely to finish third in Pool C - therefore booking automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. That's presuming Tonga don't pip them to third by beating the All Blacks of course...

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    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Namibia might have suffered their 18th straight World Cup defeat but they can be proud of earning their first point at the tournament.

    With 12 minutes left, that didn't look like a possibility. But Theuns Kotze's try - and his boot - gave Georgia a fright.

  6. Battle of the big men

    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Renaldo Bothma was key to Namibia's resurgence at the end of the match, while Mamuka Gorgodze guided Georgia to the win.

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    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

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  8. Full-time

    Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Time's up! Lasha Malaguradze's weak drop-goal attempt bobbles out behind the try-line... just as the clock ticks past the 80-minute mark. Georgia win - but only just. Their players celebrate as the tired Namibian team collapse to the turf.

  9. Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Indeed the Georgian pack do keep the ball close to the breakdown, eventually trying to tee up Lasha Malaguradze for a drop-goal. He scuffs his attempt badly but it actually works out for the better...

  10. Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Georgia win a line-out, play it safe and set up a driving maul. Not only are they edging their way into the Namibian half, but they are also running down the clock. Can't see the Georgians trying anything silly here...

  11. Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Namibia have never won a World Cup match remember. In fact, they have never even earned a bonus point at a World Cup. That is surely about to change...

    Russell van Wyk of Namibia
  12. Converted try - Namibia 16-17 Georgia

    Theuns Kotze, con Theuns Kotze

    Game on! Namibia work the ball out wide to the left where fly-half Theuns Kotze barges his way over the line - just. And he measures his kick perfectly from the touchline to bring Namibia within a point of their opponents. Do. Not. Go. Anywhere.

    Namibia try
  13. Namibia 9-17 Georgia

    The decibel levels go up a notch as Namibia number eight Renaldo Botha clatters his way through the Georgian defence. The Exeter crowd, who saw them fight back against Tonga last time out, would love it - love it - if they crossed here...

  14. Penalty - Namibia 9-17 Georgia

    Theuns Kotze

    Hang on a minute! These Namibians are plucky bunch you know. They might be tiring but still manage to win a penalty after a Georgian infringement at the breakdown. Fly-half Theuns Kotze slams the ball over the sticks to keep them within touching distance.

  15. Penalty - Namibia 6-17 Georgia

    Merab Kvirikashvili

    Namibian indiscipline gives Georgia a shot at goal from a central position - which Merab Kvirikashvili gleefully takes. Daylight between the two teams now.

  16. Namibia 6-14 Georgia

    Georgia are turning the screw now. Giving the tiring Namibian defence plenty to think about, while plugging any gaps that the Africans think they might be able to exploit.

    Georgia attack Namibia
  17. Namibia 6-17 Georgia

    One-way traffic at Sandy Park...

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  19. Namibia 6-14 Georgia

    Georgia are hogging both possession and territory, now full of confidence after finally breaking down Namibia. Seems of when, not if, they will cross again. Full-back Merab Kvirikashvili scuttles off after his own grubber kick, but Namibia back Heinrich Smit is wise to his plan and cuts out the danger behind the sticks.

    Merab Kvirikashvili
  20. Namibia 6-14 Georgia

    Namibia  number eight Renaldo Bothma jogs back onto the pitch after his self-inflicted 10-minute absence. Huge roars around Sandy Park greet him - I think it is more to do with a Mexican Wave going around the ground than his return.

  21. Namibia 6-14 Georgia

    Can Namibia haul themselves back into this match? Well they need to have 15 men on the field first if they are going to stand any chance. The African side are looking a little leggy, brilliantly-named centre Darryl De La Harpe running out of steam as he tries to make progress down the left flank.

  22. Converted try - Namibia 6-14 Georgia

    Lasha Malaguradze, con Merab Kvirikashvili

    The floodgates are opening! A Georgian line-out throw goes deep, allowing Giorgi Tkhilaishvili to barge towards the line, before a great offload from the back-rower finds supporting fly-half Lasha Malaguradze. Easy dive over and Georgia are firmly in command now.

    Lasha Malaguradze celebrates
  23. Sin-bin - Renaldo Bothma (Namibia)

    Namibia 6-7 Georgia

    And Namibia's misery at relinquishing the lead is compounded by Renaldo Bothma seeing yellow for that crude high tackle in the run-up to Georgia's try. Looks like an uphill task for Namibia now...

    Renaldo Bothma
  24. Converted try - Namibia 6-7 Georgia

    Mamuka Gorgodze, con Merab Kvirikashvili

    Finally! Georgia eventually make their dominance count, as referee George Clancy plays advantage after a high tackle, when talisman Mamuka Gorgodze scatters a pair of Namibian defenders to crash over the line. Merab Kvirikashvili knocks the extras as the lead slips out of Namibia's grasp.

    Mamuka Gorgodze scores Georgia's first try
  25. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    How have Georgia not scored? Full-back Merab Kvirikashvili slices through the Namibia defence but holds on too long before seeking out support on the left flank. Namibia wing David Philander nips in to intercept.

  26. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    The ball is like a bar of soap in Georgian hands at the moment. Another knock on allows Namibia to kick deep.

  27. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Namibia come tearing out of the blocks, trying to punch a hole in the right side of the Georgian defence. Georgia win the turnover, try to run the ball out of their 22, but guess what....another handling error stops their momentum.

  28. A good omen for Namibia?

    Georgia have scored a total of seven second-half points in their three previous World Cup matches this year.

  29. Kick-off

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia restart the action, kicking deep before seeing the Namibia pack lurch forward back towards the halfway line.

    Georgia kick-off
  30. Half-time

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Tactics discussed, water consumed, breath caught. And that's just the fans at Sandy Park. Hopefully the two sets of players have done the same as they reappear for the second half.

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  33. Half-time

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    How Namibia are actually winning is the mystery here. Georgia have dominated all the stats - attack, defence, the breakdown, set-pieces. But they haven't dominated the one stat that really matters. And that's the one at the top of this entry.

    Theuns Kotze
  34. Post update

    A half that long has the rugby world talking, including former England winger Ugo Monye

  35. Half-time

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    That half could have gone on for another 68 minutes and Namibia would still be happy if the scoreline remained 6-0 in their favour. That cumbersome end to the first half has almost detracted from the fact Namibia are leading at half-time of a World Cup match for the first time.

  36. Half-time scoreboard

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  37. Half-time

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia are finally over! Oh, hang on. Referee George Clancy - the star of the  show so far - thinks he has spotted something dodgy. And he is right. A forward pass in the build-up chalks that one off and finally, the Irish ref toots his half-time whistle. Just the 68-minute first half there. Go and grab yourself a cuppa. You deserve it.

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  39. Sin-bin - Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Johan Coetzee (Namibia)

    Replacement prop Johan Coetzee has only been on the pitch for five minutes - when his front-row pal Raoul Larson was binned. But he joins Larson on the bench for repeatedly causing infringements in the scrum.

  40. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgian scrum on the five-metre line. And they now have their hooker Jaba Bregvadze back on the field. Is the Namibian defence going to hold out? Is this half ever going to end??

  41. One missed tackle for every two made

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

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  42. Sin-bin

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Referee George Clancy has a mountain of indiscretions to trawl through as this mammoth first half rumbles on.The headline is that Namibian prop Raoul Larson is shown a yellow card for diving over in the ruck.

  43. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Actually... Georgia are not done yet. They win the Namibian line-out and drive for the line. Frantic defence from the Africans keeps out the Georgians, who are over the line but have several Namibian bodies between ball and lush turf.

    On we go...

    Georgia line-out
  44. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    But a hefty Georgian push wins them a line-out close to the Namibian line. Here's a chance for them to steal the lead in the dying embers of the first half. Oh dear. A wayward throw from the blind-side flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili - with their hooker off the pitch of course - wastes the chance.

    Giorgi Tkhilaishvili
  45. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Can Namibia make this numerical advantage count before the break? A host of blue shirts gallop after a deep kick, but Georgia wing Tamaz Mchedlidze shows his quality to run out of the danger with a couple of sidesteps and a hefty hand-off.

    Georgia's Tamaz Mchedlidze
  46. Yet more astonishing stats

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  47. Sin-bin - Jaba Bregvadze (Georgia)

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Nothing sneaks under George Clancy's radar. The Irishman spots a brutal forearm smash from Jaba Bregvadze - right on the conk of Heinrich Smit. Referee Clancy does not hesitate in pulling the yellow card out of his top pocket."Go and cool off for 10 minutes," he says. Or something like that.

    Jaba Bregvadze
  48. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia full-back Merab Kvirikashvili makes his first kicking error of the match, smashing out on the full. But ref George Clancy has spotted something in that tackle which led to the turnover...

  49. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Namibia are doing a good job of keep Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze quiet.

    The man known as Gorgodzilla has made no metres in the match and only had a couple of carries. Another avenue is blocked by a wall of blue shirts, before the Namibians force the turnover on the halfway line.

    Mamuka Gorgodze
  50. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia completely dominating the scrum, Namibia penalised for standing up. Fly-half Lasha Malaguradze cracks the ball into touch as Georgia go the front foot.

  51. Lies, damn lies and statistics...

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  53. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Uh oh. Georgia's frustrations at their wastefulness boil over. Merab Kvirikashvili kicks off at Namibia hooker Torsten Van Jaarsveld, sparking some choice words and few grabs of the scruff of necks.

    Referee George Clancy has seen enough, dragging both captains towards him like a headmaster ordering two schoolboys to his office.

    "There is a lot of tension," he tells Georgia's Mamuka Gorgodze. "Talk to your team, tell them to tone it down. Do it."

    Georgia and Namibia row
  54. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia are beginning to find their rhythm now. Gaps are starting to appear in the Namibian defence, with centre Merab Kvirikashvili again scampering through. But Georgia are lacking composure in the final quarter, again failing to find that killer pass.

  55. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    "Forward!" shout the Namibian-supporting locals as a suspect Georgia pass goes unpunished. The Georgians look almost certain to sneak in the left corner, but David Philander storms across to shove Merab Sharikadze into touch.

  56. Cost of ill-discipline

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    The black dots shows the five penalties that Georgia have conceded, two of which have cost them six points from the boot of Theuns Kotze.

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  57. Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Georgia come roaring back and almost give themselves the chance of wiping out the deficit in one swoop. A couple of neat inside passes on the right flank sees Lasha Malaguradze burst through. But some last-ditch defending by Namibia full-back Chrysander Botha - on his home ground at Exeter - stops Merab Kvirikashvili collecting a clean pass. Big chance goes begging for Georgia.

    Merab Kvirikashvili
  58. Their own worst enemies...

    Namibia 6-0 Georgia

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  59. Penalty - Namibia 6-0 Georgia

    Theuns Kotze

    Slot over from a central position about 30 metres out? No problem. Theuns Kotze slots over a routine kick to put another chink of light between the sides.

    Theuns Kotze
  60. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Oh hello. Namibia have another chance to stick another three points on the scoreboard. A high tackle on Renaldo Bothma is rightly punished and Theuns Kotze does not hesitate in pointing at goal.

  61. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Georgia full-back Merab Kvirikashvili and Namibia scrum-half Eugene Jantjies became embroiled in a kicking war - "to me, to you" - before the latter shanks out a kick on the full.

    Georgia look to use this to their advantage by setting up some field position in the Namibian half. But some greasy hands from Lasha Malaguradze ends that attack and gives back possession to the Africans. 

  62. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Georgia may be 3-0 down on the scoreboard but they are dominating possession and it shows in the defensive statistics, with Namibia making three times as many tackles (16 to 5).

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  63. No try - Georgia

    Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    If TMOs had a Family Fortunes-style buzzer for wrongly-awarded tries then we would have just heard a big 'uh-uh' at Sandy Park. Georgia fly-half Lasha Malaguradze is deemed to have ripped the ball out a Namibian hand, knocking on as he did so. Let off for the Africans.

  64. Try review - Georgia

    Georgia reckon they have bagged the game's first try as Vasil Lobzhanidze races over in the left corner. But referee George Clancy is not sure certain. The Irishman needs some help from his mates in the stands...

    Vasil Lobzhanidze
  65. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Massive blow for Namibia. Talisman Jacques Burger takes a whack to his head and has to come off. Burger is not a man who goes for a grazed knee.

    Jacques Burger
  66. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Enterprising attacking play from Georgia scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze almost slice open the Namibian defence. He swoops through a gap, kicks forward but is beaten to the ball by a blue shirt.

  67. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

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  68. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

  69. Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Namibia kick into touch, win the line-out and then...decide to go for an ambitious drop goal from about 40 metres. Too ambitious as it turns out. Theuns Kotze's attempt runs out of gas and falls out of the sky well short. Namibia coach Phil Davies shakes his head in disgust.

    Namibia coach Phil Davies
  70. Post update

    Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Back come the powerful Georgians though. Led by the brutish Toulon number eight Mamuka Gorgodze, they try to pound the Namibian defence through the middle. But they lose possession and then concede a penalty when Davit Zirakashvili steams in from the side.

    Georgia v Namibia
  71. Penalty - Namibia 3-0 Georgia

    Theuns Kotze

    This has pumped some confidence around the Namibian arteries. Theuns Kotze coolly knocks over the penalty, from about 30 metres out, slightly towards the right touchline, as Namibia get their side of the scoreboard ticking.

    Theuns Kotze
  72. Kick-off

    Namibia 0-0 Georgia

    Namibia have the honour of starting this Pool D match - and Georgia are immediately caught offside. Early chance for the Welwitschias...

  73. Post update

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    The Exeter folk have really taken the Namibian squad to their hearts during this tournament, and a loud roar greets the end of the African nation's anthem.

    Impressive number eight Renaldo Bothma - who looks like a young Boris Johnson - closes his eyes and tips his head back as he busts a vocal chord.

    Namibia perform their national anthem
  74. Georgia team news

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    Georgia coach Milton Haig has made 10 changes to the 15 that started against New Zealand.

    The starting XV against Namibia will be the Lelos' most experienced at a Rugby World Cup, with 693 caps.

    All of the forward pack have been changed - with only captain Mamuka Gorgodze retaining his place but moving back to number eight.

    In the backs,  18-year-old Vasil Lobzhanidze, returns at scrum-half along with inside-centre Merab Sharikadze and full-back Merab Kvirikashvili.

    Tamaz Mchedlidze switches back to the right wing.

    Georgia team news
  75. Namibia team news

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    Namibia head coach Phil Davies, the former Leeds and Worcester boss, has made seven changes to the starting line-up from the side beaten 35-21 by Tonga.  

    Namibia have strengthened their front row fir the match with 31-year-old Johnny Redelinghuys at loose-head and Raoul Larson in at tight-head.

    Captain Jacques Burger, will equal a Namibian record by winning an 11th cap in Rugby World Cup finals.

    Namibia team news
  76. Post update

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    A Royal visitor is in the house. The newly-bearded Prince Harry has been spotted at Sandy Park - not sure there will be any grandeur at Exeter's tiny ground for the third in line to the throne. But what it lacks in splendour, it certainly makes up in atmosphere. Cracking night under the lights.

    Prince Harry
  77. Post update

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    Namibia are the lowest-ranked team in the tournament and have just a pool of just 1,080 blokes to choose from.

    But the days of being smashed for the best part of a ton appear to have gone. Namibia's team of dentists, steel construction workers - and Premiership warrior Jacques Burger - were far from embarrassed by the mighty All Blacks in their opener.

    Then, they managed to bag a hat-trick of tries - for the first time in a World Cup match - as they edged out 35-21 by Tonga.

    Signs of encouragement indeed. But can they earn that elusive win and turn the streets of Windhoek into an all-night rave?

  78. Post update

    Namibia v Georgia (20:00 BST)

    Namibia are the most consistent team at the World Cup - they always lose.

    Eighteen times they have entered the field full of hope - well, maybe - and 18 times they have trudged off on the receiving end of a hiding. And boy have they had some beatings.

    Their 142-0 loss to Australia in 2003 remains a World Cup record, and they have also suffered an 87-0 loss to South Africa in 2011 and an 87-10 thrashing against France in 2007.

    But the gap is becoming narrower...

    Namibia
  79. Post update

    Namibia v Georgia

    The place? Lens, France. The date? 26 September 2007.

    It is an occasion etched in the hearts and minds of Georgian rugby fans. The former Soviet Union state's first win at the Rugby World Cup.

    The opponents? Namibia.

    Eight years later, the African nation are still trying to break their own duck at the tournament. Tonight's opponents? Georgia.