Fiji vs Georgia Prediction and Betting Tips
🏈 Rugby World Cup 2023 Match Preview
⏰ 30 September 2023 - 16:45 GMT +1
⏰ 1 October 2023 - 01:45 AEST
🏟 Stadium - Matmut Atlantique (Bordeaux)
Fiji gained valuable insight into their final two Rugby World Cup opponents by watching Georgia's 18-18 draw with Portugal together. After stunning Australia, Fiji need just one more win to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. Ironically, their last meeting with Georgia in 2021 ended in a stalemate. But with COVID behind them, Fiji are playing scintillating rugby this year with five wins from seven.
Star center Josua Tuisova vows the team will treat this match as a final, with the rare knockout round in reach. Coach Simon Raiwalui has bonded the squad on and off the field through grueling training. This transformation is evident with Fiji covering the handicap in five of seven matches under Raiwalui, scoring 28 points per game.
Georgia came into this World Cup angry over exclusion from an expanded Six Nations. But they haven't convinced anyone they're ready for top 10 opposition after becoming the first team not to beat Portugal at a World Cup.
Coach Levan Maisashvili struggled to explain their abysmal second half capitulation. Scoring just 13 points after halftime and making under 50 runs with the ball, Georgia were lucky to escape with a draw thanks to a missed Portuguese penalty. With recent losses to Samoa and Argentina too, Georgia are sliding down the rankings.
📋 Players to watch:
- Tuisova scored his third try of 2023 against Australia.
- Akaki Tabutsadze has started every Georgian match this year and seeks his first try at two World Cups.
⚡ Match Facts:
- Fiji are 5-2 in 2022, including a win over Portugal and narrow loss to Australia.
- Georgia drew with Portugal and lost to Samoa recently. Fitness and form concerns.
- Fiji have scored first and led at halftime in most matches under their new coach.
- Quarterfinal spot on the line for Fiji. Everything to play for.
- Georgia's rankings slide continues after falling to Portugal.
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💡 Match Prediction:
Fiji are in strong form and will be highly motivated to reach the quarterfinals. Their recent wins over Portugal and Australia show their quality. Georgia were lucky to draw with Portugal and have struggled against quality opposition. Their poor second half shows questionable fitness. Fiji have too much attacking talent out wide for Georgia to contain over 80 minutes. Prediction: Fiji by 15-18 points.
Point Spread: Fiji -11.5
- Fiji to cover a 2 touchdown handicap. Their first half leads should be enough of a buffer.
Moneyline: Fiji -600, Georgia +400
- Fiji are deserved favorites, but little value at -600. Georgia offer some value at +400 but the upset is unlikely.
Total Points: Over/Under 48.5
- Take the UNDER. Georgia's porous defense will lead to points, but they won't contribute many.
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