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Amanaki Mafi strikes late as Japan beat Georgia in Rugby World Cup warm-up

Published 05/09/2015

Amanaki Mafi celebrates his winning try for Japan
Amanaki Mafi celebrates his winning try for Japan

A late try from replacement back rower Amanaki Mafi saw Japan sneak a 13-10 victory over Georgia in their World Cup warm-up match at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium.

Eddie Jones' side led through an early Ayumu Goromaru penalty but Georgia responded with the first try of the match after 16 minutes. Wing Muraz Giorgadze was the man to dot down and Merab Kvirikashvili added the conversion.

Another Goromaru penalty 10 minutes later saw Japan reduce the deficit to 7-6 and the scores stayed that way until Lasha Malaguradze's kick 10 minutes from time allowed Georgia to pull four points clear.

However, late drama followed as Mafi dived over from close range with just two minutes left on the clock and Goromaru converted to steal the win for Japan, setting them up nicely for their World Cup opener against South Africa on September 19.

Georgia begin their campaign on the same day with Tonga the opposition.

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