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Georgia To Target Fijian Scrums

Georgia are going to use their powerful scrummagers to outmuscle the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in their Rugby World Cup clash on Thursday.
01 Oct 2019 12:23
Georgia To Target Fijian Scrums
The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians working overtime on their scrum during a training session in Japan. They are preparing to take on Georgia on Thursday in their third Pool D Rugby World Cup match at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka City. Photo: FRU Media

Georgia have already mapped out how they are going to tackle the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in their Rugby World Cup clash on Thursday.

After their bonus point win over Uruguay on Sunday, head coach Milton Haig has dropped a hint that they are going to tear the Fijian scrum apart.

Another highlight of their play is the rolling mauls, which saw them score tries against Wales and Uruguay. The Fijians have conceded two tries in the rolling maul against Australia.

Head coach John McKee said they were working hard on their maul defence.

Georgia are going to use their powerful scrummagers to outmuscle the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in their Rugby World Cup clash on Thursday.

The Georgians showed just that when they recorded their first win with a bonus point against Uruguay. They scored five tries to run away with a 33-7 victory.

The Georgian forwards are led by hooker and captain Jaba Bregvadze, who also played for Sunwolves in the Super Rugby comp.

Georgia head coach Milton Haig said it was important to get their first win out of the way.

Haig is on his last assignment as he takes over as the coach of Japan Top League side, Suntory Sungoliath in November, after leading the Lelos at two World Cups.

“We’ve worked so hard over the last four months- even four years really- so (I’m) pretty stoked about getting the job done,” he told Kyodo News.

“It was always difficult for them to last 80 minutes. Tough is tough, but we just kept on doing what we are doing,” he said.

With the win, Georgia, who lost to Wales on September 23 in their opening match, kept alive their hopes for finishing third in the pool and earning automatic qualification for the next World Cup in 2023.

Flying Fijians head coach John McKee said the forwards have been working hard on their scrum, lineout, maul and maul defence.

Uruguay eye Wales, Australia

Uruguay are determined to cause a few more upsets at their Rugby World Cup.

They failed to repeat their heroics from the tournament’s first upset against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

The South Americans will face Australia on Saturday, and Wales eight days later in their quest to earn two victories at a single World Cup for the first time.

“The result (is more disappointing) because it’s a consequence of us losing the ball,” said Uruguay head coach Esteban Meneses.

“We were always under pressure by Georgia. Georgia are very good in the scrum and line maul. We need to improve in these areas. We’re a very good team and we have very good players and they’ve shocked the world once (in the win against Fiji), why not again against Australia or Wales?”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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