Fiji beat Georgia to close in on quarter-finals

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Waisea Nayacalevu scoresWaisea Nayacalevu scored Fiji's first try with an acrobatic finish in the corner
Fiji: (0) 17
Tries: Nayacalevu, Habosi Cons: Lomani 2 Pen: Lomani
Georgia: (9) 12
Pens: Matkava 2, Niniashvili 2

Fiji came from behind to claim a narrow victory in an error-strewn Pool C game with Georgia to all but seal their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Vinaya Habosi dived over to seal the win after Waisea Nayacalevu scored the game's opening try in the second half.

Frank Lomani added seven points with the boot in Bordeaux as Fiji close in on a first quarter-final since 2007.

Luka Matkava's late penalty earned Georgia a losing bonus point but defeat means they cannot reach the last eight.

Reaction to Fiji's win over Georgia

Fiji, who remain second behind leaders Wales, will seal their place in the last eight with a victory over winless Portugal in their final pool game next Sunday.

On Saturday, Georgia will play their last pool game before bowing out of the tournament against Wales, who need just a losing bonus point to win the pool and set up a last eight tie with either Japan or Argentina.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Fiji: Droasese; Ravutaumada, Nayacalevu, Tuisova, Radradra; Tela, Kuruvoli; Mawi, Matavesi, Tagi, Nasilasila, Cirikidaveta, Tagitagivalu, Botia, Mata.

Replacements: Ikanivere, Kovekalou, Tawake, Mayanavanua, Tuisue, Lomani, Botitu, Habosi.

Georgia: Modebadze; Tabutsadze, Tapladze, Kveseladze, Niniashvili; Matkava, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Zamtaradze, Gigashvili, Jaiani, Mikautadze, Gachechiladze, Saghinadze, Jalagonia.

Replacements: Nioradze, Abuladze, Aptsiauri, Cheishvili, Ivanishvili, Aprasidze, Abzhandadze, Kakhoidze.

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