Liam Williams Warren Gatland’s Wales put Howley controversy behind them as they motor past Georgia in Toyota

Liam Williams Warren Gatland’s Wales put Howley controversy behind them as they motor past Georgia in Toyota

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Liam Williams Wales' Jonathan Davies celebrates scoring their first try with team mates
Wales’ Jonathan Davies celebrates scoring their first try with team mates

Still, we wait for anything resembling a shock in Japan. It was never likely to come in Japan’s Motor City, but it seemed like after a build-up full of controversy it was worth taking the three trains from Ireland’s base in Shizuoka to see how the Grand Slam winners were making out.

On the eve of the tournament they were rattled by the news that legendary former player and long-term assistant coach Rob Howley was on his way home while the Welsh union investigated an allegation by the integrity unit of a betting firm against the ex-No 9.

An ashen-faced Warren Gatland was forced on to the defensive, his players were quizzed over and over by the small press-pack following the Welsh who were preparing away from the maddening crowd in the southern city of Kitakyushu.

It wasn’t quite Saipan, but in a country like Wales it caused a major storm and had ramifications for everyone involved in the tournament.

What made things worse was that Gatland and his side had to wait a full four days to get into the thick of the actual action.

Tonight in Toyota, they unleashed all of that pent up frustration on a Georgia team who couldn’t handle the Grand Slam champions’ pace and intensity during a first-half blitz.

Twelve years on from the day they came within inches of beating Ireland, the eastern Europeans remain a team hamstrung by circumstance. It’s impossible to beat top tier teams if you rarely get to play them.

Four years at the U-20 World Cup has helped bring on their young backs, but their over-reliance on the scrum remains

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