Gorgodze guides Georgia past Namibia

Exeter (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Georgia skipper Mamuka Gorgodze guided his jittery team to an error-ridden 17-16 victory over Namibia on Wednesday which all but guaranteed their place at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Georgia had to come from behind to narrowly thwart the African nation's effort to win their first ever World Cup game. But they did get their first ever point -- a bonus for coming so close to Georgia's score.

Namibia have now lost 18 straight games over five World Cups, although the lowest ranked team in the tournament remained competitive throughout the match at Exeter's Sandy Park.

New Zealand must beat Tonga on Friday to confirm Georgia's third place in P