As Japan braces for Typhoon Hagibis, which has already claimed two Rugby World Cup matches, the Wallabies took on Georgia in the pouring rain.
The Wallabies struggle to keep ball in hand in the driest of conditions, today was not pretty.
Don’t get me wrong, the Georgians defence was immense. They were well organised, worked well in units of two tacklers, made contact below the head and were quick off the line to limit the Wallabies time and space.
Nic White scored the only try of the first half. I think his mo gives him super powers.
The score were locked at 10 – 3 until the 60th minute after both teams traded penalty goals.
There was a horrible feeling rising from within as this slow moving train wreck headed for the brick wall.
Thankfully Marika Koroibete, in a moment of individual brilliance, scored a wonderful try from just inside the Wallabies own half, to give a little bit of breathing space.
Georgia hit back with their only try to raise the temperature of the match.
But in the end, the Wallabies were too strong, scoring 2 tries in the last ten minutes.
The Wallabies secured the bonus point, which whilst irrelevant to their pool place, certainly builds a little confidence. Failing to secure the bonus point would have unnecessarily distracted their preparation for the QF against England. (Unless Wales have the mother of all upsets.)
Far from convincing, but good to get the win. Probably their last for the tournament.
Final Score: Australia 27 – Georgia 8