Rugby World Cup 2019: Live updates - Wales v Georgia

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Wales 43 - 14 Georgia

81 min: Full time, great game in patches for Wales and a positive outing for Georgia. 

76 min: TRY - Wales, magical from Williams who beats three defenders before finding North who beats two and scores. Kick is good. Wales 43 - 14 Georgia. 

72 min: Close again from Wales - a little kick goes out in behind. 

69 min: TRY - Georgia. Another one from Georgia, Levan Chilachava goes over, too big too strong. Kick is good. Wales 36 - 14 Georgia

65 min: TRY - Wales, wow, from nowhere, George North gets the ball out wide puts in a deep kick and it's the replacement halfback Tomos Williams who scores. Kick is good. Wales 36 - 7 Georgia. 

61 min: Scrum time here for Wales, they probably need a try here, not for the game.. but for their confidence.

60 min: A little kick in behind just evades North..

58 min: A knock on from Georgia, they do really well to move the ball up the park but cant put the last pass together. 

56 min: Penalty at scrum time, won by Georgia. 

55 min: Georgia scrum as Wales look a little lost on attack now, need to pick up the pace. 

53 min: Wales win a penalty and opt to kick down field, need a try to settle them down a bit. 

52 min: Penalty won by Georgia, big work at the breakdown. 

49 min: Wales go close there but Georgia steal the ball, and clear. 

48 min: Jaba Bregvadze is sent to the bin, slowing down the maul. 

47 min: A cross field kick from Biggar and fullback Williams knocks the ball on over the line. Wales penalty advantage. 

46 min: Accidental offside against Georgia and Wales will kick for touch in their first real touch of the second half. 

43 min: TRY - Georgia, from the lineout and Georgia drive the ball forward and the ref goes upstairs, try time! It's Shalva Mamukashvili who scores. Kick is good. Wales 29 - 7 Georgia

42 min: Another penalty won, Wales collapsed, just 10 metres out this time.

41 min: Penalty won straight away and Georgia will kick to touch. 

41 min: Back underway here in the second half. 

40 min: TRY - Wales, superb from Wales, they work the ball left where they have been so good all half, Jonathan Davies goes close but throws the offload to Liam Williams who scores. Kick is good. Wales 29 - 0 Georgia. 

40 min: One last chance here for Wales-  they have a lineout 40 metres out. 

39 min: A neck roll called against Wales - Georgia penalty. 

37 min: Horrible kick, it doesn't go out. 

36 min: Now Wales win a penalty on half way - they will kick for touch. 

35 min: Wales turn the ball over at the lineout and will clear. 

34 min: Another penalty won from Georgia and they will put the pressure on again. 

32 min: Superb defence from Wales on their line and they force a knock on, Wales scrum. 

29 min: Penalty to Georgia now and they will kick for the corner. 

26 min: Some good go ahead for Georgia here, they win a scrum just 20 metres out. 

23 min: This could get really ugly for Georgia, Wales are in a mood here today. 

19 min: TRY - Wales, far too easy, off the lineout and Josh Adams hits the line hard and breaks the tackle and gasses everyone else - too easy. Kick is good. Wales 22 - 0 Georgia. 

19 min: Another kick from Georgia that goes out on the full... just need to sort these out. 

16 min: Really nice kick there from Soso Matiashvili, can Georgia keep the pressure on now?

15 min: Wales looking so dangerous here, another mini break from winger Josh Adams but there is a knock on, Georgia gather and clear. 

13 min: TRY - Wales, halfback Davies makes the first break and sets up his backs to recycle and it's Justin Tipuric who scores. Kick is good. Wales 15 - 0 Georgia. 

12 min: Another mistake from Georgia, they kick it out on the full - Wales lineout on halfway. 

10 min: Really good work at the breakdown from Giorgi Kveseladze, he wins a penalty for Georgia. 

9 min: Biggar gets smashed in the tackle but Wales won a penalty advantage from their scrum, it's all Wales at the moment. 

8 min: Mistake at the re start from Georgia, a kick that goes out on the full. 

7 min: Wales win a penalty and will kick for the points. It's good. Wales 8 - 0 Georgia.

6 min: Wales work the ball forward and are hot on attack. 

3 min: TRY - Wales, far too easy for Wales there, Gareth Davies off the back of the scrum and he finds Jonathan Davies who strolls in untouched. A horrible miss from Biggar there. Wales 5 - 0 Georgia. 

2 min: Early knock on from Georgia and Wales have a scrum 15 metres out. 

1 min: Kick off here in this All-Europe clash.


10:14 pm: Walsh anthem now, lots of lads singing loud and proud! Game time now.

10:13pm: Anthems now, then kick-off! Georgia first. 

Not far from kick off here, lots of chat about a potential upset.. I cant see that

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Georgia from Toyota Stadium.


Wales: 15. Liam Williams, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Josh Navidi

Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Nicky Smith, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Aaron Shingler, 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Tomos Williams, 22. Rhys Patchell, 23. Leigh Halfpenny

Georgia: 15. Soso Matiashvili, 14. Miriani Modebadze, 13. David Kacharava, 12. Tamaz Mchedlidze, 11. Giorgi Kveseladze, 10. Tedo Abzhandadze, 9. Vasil Lobzhanidze, 1. Mikheil Nariashvili (captain), 2. Shalva Mamukashvili, 3. Beka Gigashvili, 4. Giorgi Nemsadze, 5. Konstantine Mikautadze, 6. Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 7. Mamuka Gorgodze, 8. Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: 16. Jaba Bregvadze, 17. Guram Gogichashvili, 18. Levan Chilachava, 19. Shalva Sutiashvili, 20. Beka Saginadze, 21. Otari Giorgadze, 22. Gela Aprasidze, 23. Lasha Khmaladze

TAB Odds: Wales $1.001 Georgia $16

Pre-match chat: Wales coach Warren Gatland 'shocked' by assistant coach Rob Howley's ban

Head coach Warren Gatland said the Wales team were "shocked" by the news of Rob Howley's alleged breach of World Rugby's betting and anti-corruption regulations.

Wales assistant coach Howley was sent home from the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday, with former Wales five-eighth Stephen Jones flying out to replace him.

"We were shocked by it," Gatland told a press conference in Kitayushu.

"At the moment, these are allegations - Rob is devastated by the allegations."

The 48-year-old former Wales captain has been part of Gatland's coaching team since 2008.

"It took a bit of time to sink in," Gatland said. "It is now how we turn a difficult situation into a positive one. 

"I texted Rob to see how he got home and that he was OK."

Gatland, who turned 55 yesterday, admitted: "I have had better birthdays, but you have to deal with adversity at times.

"The players have really stepped up. We have got to draw a line in the sand.

"My focus has to be on preparing the team for the first World Cup game against 
Georgia. It hasn't really altered preparations.

"It will focus us. It is important we focus on the rugby."

Chief executive Martyn Phillips said the Welsh Rugby Union needed to act quickly when sending Howley home.

"We were contacted on Wednesday last week and then contacted formally with some further information on Friday," said Phillips.

"After open training on Monday, we sat down with Rob - he was very cooperative. The formal process will carry on back in Wales.

"There will be an investigation," Phillips said. "It is a pretty serious allegation."

Howley exited the squad's base just six days before their opening Pool D match against Georgia on Monday. They then play the Wallabies in Tokyo on September 29.

The former halfback was due to leave his Wales coaching role after the World Cup, along with Gatland, and fellow assistants Shaun Edwards and Robin McBryde.

Howley enjoyed a glittering playing career, winning 59 caps for Wales and captaining his country on 22 occasions, while also helping Wasps to a European club crown in 2004.

He played for the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001, and was part of the Lions coaching staff on their last three tours.

Veteran five-eighth Dan Biggar revealed his own "huge disappointment and shock" in hearing the news, but said Wales were strong enough to overcome any off-field issues on the pitch.

"It is not the ideal situation, but we have rolled up our sleeves and got on with it."