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Parks inspires Scotland victory

Scotland recorded a second World Cup victory in five days with an attritional 15-6 triumph over Georgia in Invercargill.

The Pool B contest at Rugby Park Stadium was settled by the boot in persistent rain as Dan Parks kicked four penalties from seven attempts and a drop goal as Scotland followed up last Saturday's 34-24 defeat of Romania with another win.

Merab Kvirikashvili replied with two penalties at either end of the game for Georgia, who are coached by ex-Scotland boss Richie Dixon - but Andy Robinson's side refused to buckle.

After being given a torrid time by Romania, Scotland were stubborn in defence, with the back row of Ross Rennie, Alasdair Strokosch and Kelly Brown outstanding and the front five equally strong.

Kvirikashvili went for goal from inside his own half when Scotland were penalised for a marginal offside in chasing a Parks high ball and Georgia took a 3-0 lead after 18 minutes.

Parks dragged an effort wide as Scotland were immediately awarded the opportunity to level before his first successful attempt at goal came after a Georgia offside. Then the fly-half went for goal from just inside the Georgia half only for his attempt to fall short, before converting another opportunity as Georgia were again punished for an indiscretion at the breakdown.

Scotland continued to peel off at the breakdown but Georgia's defence was stubborn and Parks opted for a drop goal to increase the advantage two minutes prior to the interval.

Scotland's scrum was much-improved from the Romania game and began to fire, while in the loose flanker Rennie and lock Nathan Hines won a couple of crucial turnovers and Parks went for goal from the halfway line when Georgia's scrum was penalised for collapsing, but again the Scotland fly-half missed.

Another offside from Georgia handed Parks a further chance from 25 metres and his kick was successful, but Kvirikashvili had an immediate opportunity to reply after Scotland held on to the ball on the floor and he reduced the arrears to six points with seven minutes remaining.

But Georgia's indiscipline was punished again by Parks as the nine-point cushion was restored and Scotland secured the triumph and now go on to Wellington eager to secure their passage to the last eight.


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