The daily tournament preview packs down with Rugby World Cup tips for the Wallabies’ last group-stage assignment against Georgia.
21:15 (AEDT), Fri 11th Oct @ Shizuoka Stadium, Fukuroi City
History: First meeting
Final thoughts: While the Rugby World Cup is in the grips of ‘Super Typhoon Fever’, the Wallabies’ final pool match against gritty Georgia will go ahead on Friday night. This is the nations’ maiden encounter on the international rugby stage.
Australia are yet to show enough to suggest they will challenge likely knockout opponents England and New Zealand.
The green-and-golds scored four tries in the last 24 minutes to overwhelm Fiji 39-21 in their opening game. They came home with a wet sail against Wales, but went down 29-25 after trailing by 15 at the break.
Tevita Kuridrani scored two tries in a dominant display at centre as the Wallabies cruised to a 45-10 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Dane Haylett-Petty also bagged a double, while fellow winger Jordan Petaia on Test debut
Georgia put up a strong fight in a 43-14 loss to Wales first up, with the sides scoring 14 points apiece in the second half. The Lelos then thumped Uruguay 33-7.
But a 45-10 loss to enigmatic Fiji – who lost to Uruguay – was a disappointing outcome.
Michael Hooper and Adam Coleman have been withdrawn from the line-up Australia named initially due to ‘general soreness’. Meanwhile, Petaia gets another run, James O’Connor is back at centre, and Matt To’omua and Nic White get a chance to impress in the halves. David Pocock will captain the side in the No.7 jersey.
While the Wallabies should not be in any danger of losing the game, it’s important they make a statement and build confidence before the quarters. Expect them to cover the modest line after Georgia lost to Wales and Fiji by 29-plus. Look to O’Connor for Anytime Tryscorer value.