Heartbreak at the death as missed penalty denies Portugal first-ever Rugby World Cup win

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Georgia and Portugal played to a thrilling 18-18 draw in their Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday.

The Georgians were unbeaten in their previous 18 Tests against PortugalRaffaele Storti scored two tries to help Portugal to a 18-18 draw with Georgia on Saturday, but Nuno Sousa Guedes missed an injury-time penalty that would have handed them a first-ever Rugby World Cup victory.The Georgians were unbeaten in their previous 18 Test matches against Portugal coming into the Pool C match at Toulouse, winning their most recent by a margin of 27 points in March.

Georgia, who lost 35-15 to Australia in their opener, then infringed from the restart, but Guedes pushed his penalty effort wide to leave the scores level. A knock-on by Guedes, under no real pressure, handed the advantage straight back to Georgia, Abzhandadze booting a penalty to extend the Lelos' lead.

Niniashvili thrived as Portugal kicked possession away, the full-back looking electric on the counter-attack. A second Georgian try was disallowed when Aprasidze's pass was ruled forward as Georgia tried to take advantage of their numerical superiority, leaving it 13-5 at half-time. Storti was denied a hat-trick by a great covering tackle from Jalagonia as the Portuguese, spurred by Marques and Portela at halfback, ran everything.

 

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