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Rugby World Cup: Australia v Georgia preview

After a run of five consecutive defeats, head coach Eddie Jones will be looking to land his first win in his second spell with Australia in their World Cup opener against Georgia on Sunday.

It has been a tough run for the Wallabies in the build-up to the major tournament on French soil but their opener at the Stade de France provides a good opportunity to boost confidence in the Aussie camp, before sterner tests to follow.

WhatAustralia v Georgia
WhereStade de France, Saint-Denis
When02:00 (AEST), Sunday 10th September 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Stan Sport
OddsAustralia 1.04, Georgia 10.00

Georgia brought down to earth

After a couple of confidence-boosting wins over Romania and the USA, Georgia were brought down to earth against Tier 1 opposition last time out in Edinburgh.

A 56-6 win over the Romanians and a 22-7 victory over the Americans showed Georgia are leading the way in Tier 2.

They have been banging on the door for entry into the Six Nations for a number of years and recent wins over Italy and Wales have further boosted that claim to turn the competition into the Seven Nations.

There was even more optimism in their last outing, as they led a strong Scotland side 6-0 at half-time at Murrayfield last month.

However, the gap in quality showed in the second half, with Scotland scoring 33 unanswered points to win the game convincingly in Edinburgh.

Georgia will need to find a way to put together an 80-minute performance against the Wallabies if they are to have a chance of causing one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

The underdogs are 10.00 to win on Sunday at the Stade de France, while Georgia are 1.90 to win with -21 in the Line market.   

Wallabies looking to set the tone

After that losing run and questions being asked of both the Aussie defence and attack, the Wallabies will be looking for a statement win in their opening game.

The schedule has been kind with Georgia first up, before big games against Fiji and Wales that will decide who reaches the quarter-finals and who will be heading home early.

Last time Australia and Georgia met was at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, with Australia coming out on top 27-8.

With two late tries in the 75th and 79th minute, the scoreline was somewhat flattering for the Wallabies, as the Georgians gave a good account of themselves.

Jones will be making sure his side take nothing for granted, especially after he helped mastermind a major upset of his own in 2015 with his then-Japan side beating South Africa in their opening game.

Given Georgia’s second-half performance against the Scots, Australia should have more than enough to come out on top in this game.

However, it will be the manner of the result that will be the focus for many, as the Wallabies need an injection of confidence before facing the Flying Fijians.

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