Rampant Wales crush Georgia

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Wales began their World Cup game with a sizzling performance against an underwhelming Georgia side. This will come as a relief to many Welsh fans who were worried about their side’s prospects after the painful loss of key men Gareth Anscombe and Talupe Faletau as well as the sudden departure of backs coach Rob Howley.

It took just three short minutes for a barnstorming Wales to penetrate the shuddering Georgian defence, something which would happen a further five times during this frenetic match. A solid performance from the Welsh forwards, including a sumptuous offload by Ken Owens in the build up to the fourth try, and scintillating running from the backs was the foundation of the victory.

However, as captain Alun Wyn Jones mentioned in his post-match interview, there will still be ‘disappoint[ment]’ due to the two tries conceded from a rejuvenated Georgian side in the second half. This Welsh side pride themselves on their defence, with only a few tries being scored against them in their recent Grand Slam victory, which was part of the run that catapulted them to a brief spell at the top seat of the World Rugby Rankings.

Nonetheless, this is not enough to tarnish the deserved contentment within the Welsh camp, as a fantastic opening result was achieved despite the surrounding chaos. Perhaps this is due to experience of already having had to undertake a siege mentality, winning their Grand Slam amongst the confusion regarding the future of the regions.

Therefore, when all is considered, Wales’s opening performance was an almost flawless start to their World Cup campaign. Bigger challenges lie ahead; however, Gatland will be happy with this flying start to what should be a successful campaign.