- England Counties beat Georgia XV 28-15 in opening game
- Tries: Moffat, Mackenzie, Hankin. Cons: Lound, 2 Pens: Lound, 3
England Counties began their summer tour with a hard fought 28-15 win over a Georgia XV.
England began the game well with two penalties from the boot of Greg Lound to put them 6-0 ahead but it was Georgia who scored the first try of the match and a subsequent penalty gave them an 8-6 lead.
Both teams were then reduced to 14 men with Keiran Moffat send to the sin bin for a breakdown offence.
The visitors were able to put pressure on the hosts with the ball in hand and were able to cross for their first try when James Tinknell offloaded well to Nick Hankin to run through and score.
That was followed by a try from Moffat who ran under the posts after a flicked pass from Callum Mackenzie.
Shortly after the break Georgia crossed the whitewash to reduce the deficit to just three points as momentum swung in their favour.
England showed real resilience in defence having been put under pressure by the Georgians but Lound was again on target with a penalty.
Mackenzie was on hand again for lovely intercept to score the final try of the game with the score finishing 28-15.
The two sides will meet once again on Tuesday evening in Tbilisi for the second and final test.