With the cancellation of some matches due to Typhoon Hagibis it was good to see the Australia v Georgia match going ahead at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa tonight.
The Wallabies secured a win 27-8 but Georgia certainly made them work for it.
It was a solid start from both teams. Each defending well and not allowing the other team to gain any advantage. It wasn’t until the 16th minute that Australia got the first chance to put points on the board by getting down to Georgia’s try line. Georgia’s defence was strong and they forced an error leading to a Georgian scrum in front of their own posts. A Georgian line out was next and they managed to kick the ball down the field.
Nic White scored the first try of the match in the 23rd minute. Consistent pressure from Australia got them across the line. Converted by Matt Toomua score was 7-0.
Tolu Latu of Australia is penalised for a high tackle. Soso Matiashvili takes the penalty and puts three points on the board for Georgia.
Toomua got a long-range penalty kick just before half-time to take their lead to 10-7.
Georgia put the Australian defence, which was a man down after Isi Naisarani was sent off for leading with an arm, to the test just before the half-time whistle.
The second half is dogged like the first. Georgia giving it their all against the first-tier side Australia.
Gela Aprasidze retires from the field with a neck injury. Vasil Lobzhanidze came on to replace him.
It took twenty minutes into the second half for the next points to come. Marika Koroibete took a loose ball and ran down the line then cut inside to beat a defender to score a great try. Toomua made the conversion. 17-3 to the Wallabies.
Next came a fantastic try for Georgia. Lasha Khmladze made a great break before passing to Alexander Todua. Matiiashvili missed the conversion. 17-8.
Jack Dempsey made his first try for the Wallabies to take them to 22-8.
George Genia of Australia scored the last try of the match taking Australia to 27-8 before the final whistle.
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