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Five things we learnt from Australia's clash with Georgia

Australia’s 2023 World Cup is up and running and started with plenty of positives with a 35-15 victory over Georgia on the opening weekend.

After a first win for the Wallabies in Eddie Jones’ second spell in charge, here’s what we learnt from the opening outing of the tournament on French.

Wallabies showed confidence from the off

After a run of five consecutive defeats going into the tournament, Australia could have been forgiven for a nervy start to the World Cup.

With a big crowd at the Stade de France, Georgian supporters in Saint-Denis might have been hoping for a tight affair after their recent wins over Italy and Wales.

However, within the first two minutes, it was easy to see the gulf in class between the two nations.

The Wallabies started like a team on a five-match winning streak, as opposed to a losing one, which will give Jones and supporters optimism going forward.

Nawaqanitawase can be a star for the tournament

Mark Nawaqanitawase bagged the second try of the game in the ninth minute, as the Waratahs flyer went over for the Wallabies.

A player just at the start of his international career, the 22-year-old really looks to be a talent who has a bright future ahead of him.

At 6ft 4in, and with distinct curly locks, there’s no missing Nawaqanitawase on the field.

With electric pace, smart running lines and great footwork, Nawaqanitawase will be a player to keep an eye on for the remainder of the tournament.

Donaldson impressed at fullback

In just his second appearance for Australia, it was a fine performance from Ben Donaldson at fullback.

Scoring an impressive 25 points, including two tries, the utility back shone in the No.15 jersey for the Wallabies.

A flyhalf by trade, Donaldson has that stand-off ability to read the game and the 24-year-old enjoyed a day that he will remember for some time.

Another player who looks like having a bright future in the national set-up.

Defense still needs working on

Conceding two tries to the Georgians will be one area of slight disappointment for the Aussie coaching team after this first outing.

Luka Ivanishvili scored in the 47th minute to bring the Georgians back into the game, before Donaldson’s first try minutes later really killed off a fightback.

Beka Gigashvili scored with the last play of the game to make the scoreline slightly more respectable at the Stade de France.

Defence has been an issue for the Wallabies in recent months and there is still more work to do here.

Good start but bigger tests to come

A win and a positive performance is all Australia could do, given the level of the opposition before them.

The Wallabies' next outing comes against Fiji at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

With Fiji beating England at Twickenham in the build-up to the World Cup, the Pacific Islanders will provide a much sterner test, before Australia then face Wales in Lyon.

Jones will know Australia will need to improve to see off the Fijians and the Welsh but there can be plenty of positives taken from their opening outing in Saint-Denis.

Australia are 13.00 to win the World Cup, while the Wallabies are 1.50 to go on and win Pool C.

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