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Fiji vs Georgia Predictions: Rugby World Cup Betting Tips, News, Lineup

By Jonathan Davies

Published: 9:00, 29 September 2023

Fiji look to boost their hopes of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals when they face Georgia on Saturday (4.45pm BST).

The Flying Fijians stunned Australia last time out, and will fancy picking up victories from their final two Pool C games. Meanwhile, Georgia are still seeking their first win at this year’s tournament.

Fiji vs Georgia Betting Tips

Georgia to be quick out of the blocks

Everything is pointing towards Georgia making a fast start to this contest.

Fiji will be on a high after their victory against Australia and will know a bonus point win here would secure their qualification for the quarter finals with a game to spare. Georgia, on the other hand, have been very disappointing so far in this tournament, with only a draw against minnows Portugal alongside defeat against what now looks a very poor Australia side.

Fiji, who have been adopted as most people’s second teams for their wonderfully positive, attacking rugby, will be hoping to catch Georgia on another bad day but Georgia should come out firing, with a point to prove and, given these games are usually quite tight, Georgia should cover the +18 handicap.

Tip: Georgia +18 Handicap @ 10/11 with Sky Bet

Radradra to resume positive form

The winger has been one of Fiji’s standout performers so far at this World Cup, producing their second-most dominant carries (12) and beating the second-most defenders (eight).

At the other end of the field, he has successful forced a breakdown turnover from all four defensive rucks hit, forcing two penalties and winning two jackals.

Radradra also has fond memories of facing Georgia at the World Cup, having scored two tries against them when the nations met in Japan four years ago.

Tip: Semi Radradra first try scorer @ 17/2 with bet365

Fiji vs Georgia team news

Unsurprisingly, Simon Raiwalui has made just a single change from that incredible win over Australia with Selesitino Ravutaumada in on the wing for Jiuta Wainiqolo.

Fiji: Ilaisa Droasese, Selestino Ravutaumada, Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radrada, Teti Tela, Simione Kuruvoli; Eroni Mawi, Samuel Matavesi, Luke Tagi, Isoa Nasilasila, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Lekima Tagitagivalu, Levani Botia, Viliame Mata.

Replacements: Tevita Ikanivere, Peni Ravai, Samu Tawake, Temo Mayanavanua, Albert Tuisue, Frank Lomani, Vilimoni Botitu, Vinaya Habosi.

Levan Maisashviki has made seven changes to his starting XV from the draw with Portugal, with Mikheil Gachechiladze set to make his tournament debut. Georgia made two changes to their squad on medical grounds earlier this week, with Irakli Aptsiauri and Otari Giorgadze replacing Luka Japaridze and Beka Gorgadze.

Georgia: Miriani Modebadze, Akaki Tabutsadze, Demur Tapladze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Davit Niniashvili, Luka Matkava, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Tengizi Zamtaradze, Beka Gigashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Konstantine Mikautadze, Mikheil Gachechiladze, Beka Saginadze, Tornike Jalagonia.

Replacements: Luka Nioradze, Nika Abuladze, Irakli Aptsiauri, Nodar Cheishvili, Luka Ivanishvili, Gela Aprasidze, Tedo Abzhandadze, Tornike Kakhoidze.