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Cardiff Blues quartet star as Wales open World Cup with maximum points

International | 23rd September 2019

A quartet of Cardiff Blues stars played starring roles as Wales secured a convincing bonus point victory over Georgia in the opening encounter of the Rugby World Cup.

Warren Gatland’s men had a bonus point in the bag by the interval, with Josh Adams creating one score and dotting down for another in an impressive outing.

Josh Navidi was one of the side’s stand-out stars, contributing to both attacking and defensive efforts, while Dillon Lewis and Tomos Williams made impact from the bench, with the latter scoring and creating both of his side’s second half tries.

Having secured maximum points in the first clash, Wales have a six day turnaround before they take on Australia in Tokyo on Sunday.

There was only three minutes on the clock when Wales opened the scoring, as a miss pass from Gareth Davies found the hands of Jonathan Davies, who split through the Georgian midfield to cross the whitewash. The score was Wales' quickest ever in a Rugby World Cup match.

Biggar added a penalty to extend the lead to eight points, and Wales soon found themselves 15-points up with 15 minutes on the clock.

Cardiff Blues’ Adams made a stunning break down the centre, and fed scrum half Davies on his inside. The Scarlets man was taken down short, but Justin Tipuric was on hand at the resulting breakdown, dummying his way to slide in under the sticks.

Adams continued to be a handful for the Georgian defence, threatening once again with a break down the left hand side, but number nine Davies couldn’t keep hold of the final inside pass.

Moments later, the Cardiff Blues wing opened his World Cup account with a well-deserved try, capping off a scintillating opening quarter. From a line-out on halfway, Biggar fed an inside ball to Adams, who showed his impressive turn of pace to run in from distance.


Having survived a period of sustained pressure within their own 22, where Navidi played a crucial role in the defensive effort, Wales sealed the bonus point before the break, after a bust from centre Davies created space for Liam Williams to touch down out wide.

Georgia broke their deadlock early in the second half, with hooker Shalva Mamukashvili touching down from the base of a driving line-out.

With Lewis and Williams introduced into proceedings, Lelos were reduced to 14-men with Jaba Bregvadze sent to the sin bin, but Wales were unable to make the most of the advantage in numbers.

The eastern Europe outfit matched Wales for most of the second half, but the Grand Slam champions added their fifth score of the evening on 65 minutes.

George North found room on the right hand side, and hacked ahead to the empty space. A footrace was on for the loose possession, and it was scrum half Williams who was first to the try zone, touching down on his Rugby World Cup debut.

Levan Chilachava replied for Georgia, but Wales had the final word with a stunning try four minutes before the final whistle.

After great kick chase pressure from Tipuric, replacement Williams collected a poor Georgia clearance, but was faced with a host of Lelos defenders.

However, the Cardiff Blues star dazzled four Georgians with magic footwork, and produced a stunning offload to North, who managed to power his way to the whitewash.

Wales are level on points with the Wallabies in Pool D, as they prepare to go head-to-head in the capital on Sunday.