Wales Claim Historic Georgian Victory

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Georgia's scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze releases the ball during the international rugby union test match between Wales and Georgia at Principality stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on November 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -use in books subject to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) approval (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

Hallum Amos helped Wales claim a historic Georgian victory by scoring the games only try in a performance that saw dogged forward play take over the match among lots of handling errors.

Wales’ Early Dominance Sets Platform

Rhys Priestland converted an early penalty before an attacking Wales line-out ended with a Hallum Amos try. This was followed swiftly by another attacking line-out but a fantastic cover tackle by Vasil Lobzhanidze denied Alex Cuthbert from adding a second Welsh try.

Amos was also denied a try, the TMO calling him back after a knock-on in the turnover that led to his breakaway score. The resulting scrum saw Georgia win a penalty, which they converted to get themselves on the board.

Half Time: Wales 10-3 Georgia

Both sides traded early penalties with the game breaking down through errors and substitutes coming on to make the contest a seven point game.

The clock went red with Georgia on the attack and following Francis entering the ruck at the side, he saw yellow and a mass of issues followed. Scrums went uncontested with Wales unable to field two fit props.

Georgia kicked for touch from the penalty and worked their way under the posts before giving away a penalty themselves to end the game.

Wales Claim A Historic Georgian Victory; Wales 13-6 Georgia

Wales held strong, led by captain Dan Lydiate who claimed the man of the match award.

Georgia looked stern in defence and their set piece was a huge factor from start to finish as expected but they weren’t clinical enough in the red zone and it cost them.

Teams:

Author Robert Rees, covered the Wales team selection in this article, published earlier this week.

Wales: 1 Nicky Smith, 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Leon Brown, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Cory Hill, 6 Dan Lydiate (c), 7 Sam Cross, 8 Seb Davies, 9 Rhys Webb, 10 Rhys Priestland, 11 Hallam Amos, 12 Owen Watkin, 13 Scott Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 15 Liam Williams,

Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee*, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Josh Navidi, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Owen Williams

* denotes uncapped player

Georgia: 15 Soso Matiashvili, 14 Giorgi Koshadze, 13 Davit Katcharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze (c), 11 Mirian Modebadze, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Bitsadze, 7 Vito Kolelishvili, 6 Lasha Lomidze, 5 Giorgi Nemsadze, 4 Kote Mikautadze, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Kakha Asieshvili, 18 Soso Bekoshvili, 19 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 20 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Revaz Jintchvelashvili, 23 Merab Kvirikashvili

Date: Saturday, November 18
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-Off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
TMO: Leo Colgan (Ireland)

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