Australia v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019_ Pool D

Australia laboured to a less than inspiring victory over Georgia in Shizuoka. The Wallabies struggled before claiming a 27-8 victory over the Georgians. Wind, rain, humidity turned the match into an error-strewn and very stop-start.

It took more than 20 minutes before the Australian managed to get into the scoreboard. In the 23rd minute, Nic White managed to burrow over the line to get the first try and first points of the match. Georgia quickly responded with a penalty, and then gave one right back to Matt To’omua who slotted and gave the Wallabies a 10-3 lead heading into half-time.

Australia had to play the first 5 minutes with 14 men as Isa Naisarani was in the sin-bin after a high tackle on the 35th minute. Marika Koroibete switched the Wallabies back into winning mode with a try in the 59th minute. The Georgians responded with a try from Alexander Todua ten minutes later. However, Jack Dempsey and Will Genia scored two late tries to end Georgia’s World Cup campaign.

Georgia will head home after failing to make into the last eight. Australia will likely to face England in the quarter-finals, if Wales beat Uruguay in another match.

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