Autumn Nations Cup: Wales 18-0 Georgia

Autumn Nations Cup: Wales 18-0 Georgia

Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit scores his first try for Wales
Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit scores his first attempt for Wales
Wales (10) 18
Tries: Rees-Zammit, Webb Con: Sheedy Pens: Sheedy 2
Georgia (0) 0

Wales ended their run of six defeats with an unconvincing Autumn Nations Cup win over Georgia in moist circumstances at Parc y Scarlets.

Tries from teenage wing Louis Rees-Zammit and scrum-half Rhys Webb, plus eight factors from fly-half Callum Sheedy, sealed the win.

Wales should enhance with England visiting Llanelli subsequent Saturday.

Wayne Pivac additionally has issues over flanker Justin Tipuric, who left the sphere with a head damage.

What the Wales head coach does when it comes to choice subsequent week stays to be seen with many skilled campaigners aiming to come back again in.

Man of the match Aaron Wainwright, second-row Jake Ball and centre Johnny Williams carried effectively, whereas Wales have been dominant within the scrum in difficult circumstances however the attacking tempo must quicken up.

Wales’ final win had come in opposition to Italy on 1 February, which had been adopted by two defeats every in opposition to France and Eire and losses in opposition to England and Scotland.

Wales had gained each matches in opposition to Georgia with a 13-6 win in 2017 adopted by a World Cup pool 43-14 win in Japan two years later.

Autumn Nations Cup pool a

Pivac made 13 personnel modifications, with solely Tipuric and Liam Williams surviving from the beginning facet that misplaced 32-9 to Eire in Dublin. Tipuric led the facet within the absence of Alun Wyn Jones.

James Botham, grandson of England cricket nice Lord Botham, made his Wales debut having solely been known as as much as the squad on Monday alongside Johnny McNicholl who was additionally began.

Cardiff-born Botham was amongst three newcomers chosen within the beginning facet to face Georgia alongside Scarlets backs Johnny Williams and Kieran Hardy.

Former London Irish and Newcastle centre Williams, in the meantime, was identified with testicular most cancers final 12 months and had chemotherapy earlier than returning to skilled rugby 10 months in the past.

He represented England and scored a attempt in a non-cap sport in opposition to the Barbarians in 2019, however qualifies for Wales by means of his father, who hails from Rhyl.

Bristol fly-half Sheedy, who additionally performed for England in opposition to Barbarians, and 19-year-old Gloucester wing Rees-Zammit made their first Take a look at begins after debuts as replacements in current video games – the previous in opposition to Eire, the latter in opposition to France.

Georgia made 5 modifications from their defeat in opposition to England. Eight of the beginning 15 are presently with French golf equipment, together with Brive half-backs Vasil Lobzhanidze and Tedo Abzhandadze, and 6 of the forwards.

Georgia arrived in Wales with a status as robust scrummagers however was Wales that loved early set-piece dominance.

The Georgians have been penalised and Sheedy opened the scoring together with his first worldwide factors. Wales dominance took some time to materialise into the opening attempt however the scrummaging superiority and Georgia indiscipline resulted within the hosts sporting their guests down.

Justin Tipuric tackled as Beka Saghinadze (left) comes in with right arm
Wales captain Justin Tipuric was pressured to go away after struggling a blow to the top

Sheedy’s looped move allowed Rees-Zammit to say his first worldwide attempt which the fly-half transformed.

Centre Williams was spectacular with some robust bursts whereas captain Tipuric maintained his excessive ranges of worldwide performances.

Georgia started to indicate glimpses of attacking invention in the direction of the tip of the first-half however Tedo Abzhandadze missed a penalty with the final earlier than half-time with Wales main 10-0 on the interval.

McNicholl was pressured off the sphere early within the second-half and was changed by Jonah Holmes, earlier than Sheedy pulled a penalty try large.

Wales’ scrum dominance continued within the second-half with Scarlets props Wyn Jones and Samson Lee having fun with themselves on house turf and Sheedy benefited together with his second penalty.

A wonderful run counter-attacking run from Rees-Zammit noticed him hyperlink up with Tipuric who suffered a head damage following a swinging arm from reverse quantity Beka Saginadze. The Georgian was given a yellow card by referee Luke Pearce when a crimson card was mentioned.

There was preliminary concern over Tipuric in how he fell to the bottom. The British and Irish Lions left the sphere after being dazed by the problem and can face a battle to be match to face England subsequent Saturday.

Alternative scrum-half Webb took over the captaincy, whereas 19-year-old full-back Ioan Lloyd got here on the sphere for his first cap for Liam Williams, who left the sphere following a mouth damage.

Botham nearly marked his debut with a runaway attempt however was penalised after being tackled. Wales’ second attempt lastly got here after Johnny Williams and Rees-Zammit arrange the supporting Webb to attain the ultimate factors.

Line-ups

Wales: Liam Williams; Johnny McNicholl, Nick Tompkins, Johnny Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit; Callum Sheedy, Kieran Hardy; Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Seb Davies, James Botham, Justin Tipuric (capt), Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Leon Brown, Cory Hill, James Davies, Rhys Webb, Ioan Lloyd, Jonah Holmes.

Georgia: Lasha Khmaladze; Akaki Tabutsadze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Merab Sharikadze (capt), Sandro Todua; Tedo Abzhandadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze; Mikheil Nariashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Beka Gigashvili, Grigor Kerdikoshvili, Kote Mikautadze, Otar Giorgadze, Beka Saginadze, Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: Giorgi Chkoidze, Guram Gogichashvili, Lexo Kaulashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Gela Aprasidze, Demur Tapladze, Tamaz Mchedlidze.

Match officers

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)

Assistant referees: Andrew Brace and Frank Murphy (each IRFU)

TMO: Pleasure Neville (IRFU).

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