Liam Williams Wales 43-14 Georgia: Warren Gatland’s men ease to opening World Cup win

Liam Williams Wales 43-14 Georgia: Warren Gatland’s men ease to opening World Cup win

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Liam Williams Josh Adams dives over for Wales' third try

Josh Adams scored Wales’ third try in Toyota City
2019 Rugby World Cup: Wales v Georgia
Wales:(29) 43
Tries:J Davies, Tipuric, Adams, L Williams, T Williams, NorthCons:Biggar 4, HalfpennyPens:Biggar
Georgia:(0) 14
Tries:Mamukashvili, ChilachavaCons:Abzhandadze 2

Wales delivered a performance of contrasting halves in their opening Rugby World Cup match as they produced a bonus-point, six-try win over Georgia in Toyota City.

Tries from Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams secured the bonus point before half-time.

The fluent first 40 minutes was followed by a scrappy second-half performance against a rejuvenated Georgian side.

Replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams and George North added second-half tries.

Australia now await Wales in what will effectively be a potential Pool D decider in Tokyo on 29 September.

This was the oldest Wales starting side at a Rugby World Cup with an average age of 28 years and 331 days.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones celebrated victory as he equalled Gethin Jenkins’ record of 129 Wales caps in front of a crowd of 35,545.

Wales were desperate to finally play following the pre-tournament departure of backs coach Rob Howley over an alleged betting breach.

Preparations had already been checked by three warm-up defeats and injuries to Gareth Anscombe and Taulupe Faletau even before the Howley bombshell was revealed.

Wales’ early pace

After backs coach Howley was sent home from Japan, he was replaced by former Wales fly-half Stephen Jones who only had two training sessions with the squad before the opening fixture.

Jones knows many of the Wales players, having coached them at Scarlets and there appeared to be little early disruption.

In fact it appeared a more seamless transition with Georgia unable to cope with Wales’ pace in the opening period.

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