Sun, 29 Nov 2020

Georgia coach Levan Maisashvili said on Thursday that he believes Wales will have "way more options in attack" compared to England when the struggling sides meet for their Autumn Nations Cup clash this weekend.

Six Nations champions England started the tournament with a 40-0 rout of Georgia at Twickenham last weekend, but only one of their six tries came from a backline move, with hooker Jamie George grabbing a hat-trick off the back of rolling mauls.

Wales, meanwhile, suffered a 32-9 defeat by Ireland in Dublin - their sixth successive loss - and coach Wayne Pivac has changed 13 members of his starting XV for Saturday's match in Llanelli.

But a wary Maisashvili said: "Though they don't look as good as they used to, we should not let ourselves be misguided by their latest results.

"They have way more options in attack compared to England and we should expect more surprises in static phases, so we have to think more about defence too."

Maisashvili has made five changes to his side, in what is a rare opportunity for European second-tier kings Georgia to play two leading nations on successive weekends outside of a World Cup.

Scrumhalf Vasil Lobzhanidze, who plays for French club Brive, starts instead of Gela Aprasidze.

Merab Sharikadze continues as captain, the centre paired with Giorgi Kveseladze in midfield.

Elsewhere, Sandro Todua comes off the bench to start at left wing.

Up front, hooker Jaba Bregvadze has been recalled, with Kote Mikautadze in the second row.

And there is a change in the back-row, with Otar Giorgadze joining Beka Saghinadze and Beka Gorgadze.

Teams:

Wales

15 Liam Williams, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Louis Rees-Zammit, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Justin Tipuric (Captain), 6 James Botham, 5 Seb Davies, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Wyn Jones

Substitutes: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James Davies, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Jonah Holmes

Georgia

15 Lasha Khmaladze, 14 Akaki Tabutsadze, 13 Giorgi Kveseladze, 12 Merab Sharikadze (captain), 11 Sandro Todua, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Gorgadze, 7 Beka Saghinadze, 6 Otar Giorgadze, 5 Kote Mikautadze, 4 Grigor Kerdikoshvili, 3 Beka Gigashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili

Substitutes: 16 Giorgi Chkoidze, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Lexo Kaulashvili, 19 Lasha Jaiani, 20 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Demur Tapladze, 23 Tamaz Mchedlidze

Source: News24

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