The Wallabies continue their road to redemption at the Rugby World Cup with a match against gutsy Georgia. Australia’s forward pack is expected to be tested to the limit, but a challenge can be for the better as the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals draw nearer.
Australia breezed past Uruguay 45-10 in their last game with teenage sensation Jordan Petaia scoring a try on debut. However, the 29-25 loss to Wales will still be lingering on their mind.
Michael Cheika’s men need to keep their wits about them to avoid a repeat against a highly capable Georgia outfit.
Georgia will be trying to prove that they can stand up to another top tier rugby nation having already given a decent account of themselves in the 43-14 defeat to Wales. However, they head into this game off the back of a 45-10 loss to Fiji.
It will be interesting to see what approach Cheika opts for with his team selection. Pick a strong outfit might allow his players to perfect combinations ahead of the knockout stages, but could also cause injuries against a bruising pack.
Whatever team the coach puts out, they will need to reverse a trend of Australia being slow out of the blocks in the early stages of games.
“I thought we were just off the pace a little bit at the start and that’s three times now,” Cheika said after Australia beat Uruguay, as quoted by Stuff.co.nz.
“Three games we’ve been off the pace a little at the start so I don’t know, I’ll have to get my pre-match speech a little bit better.
“Not that we haven’t played well, we’ve sort of just been a little less consistent in the first 20 minutes … it gets you off on the wrong foot. We need to go into games a bit faster.”
This all while the tournament in Japan has been plunged into chaos by the approach of Typhoon Hagibis ahead of the final round of pool fixtures.
With Tokyo set to cop the worst of the storm on Saturday 12 October, World Rugby has taken drastic action to cancel two group matches.
And more may yet follow, as competing nations sweat on their qualification hopes for the World Cup knockout stages. To check on the latest live scores and live pool standings at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, head over to our live score centre. Our live match center for Australia vs Georgia follows below – as well as headlines in brief with the latest typhoon-related updates.
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