EbeneInfo – GB – Pivac signals bright spots as England loom up at Fall Nations Cup

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(Reuters) – Wales coach Wayne Pivac pointed to the positives as his reshaped side worked to an 18-0 Fall Nations Cup victory over Georgia which took snapped a six-game losing streak ahead of a close clash with England at Llanelli next Saturday

Wales would need a huge bonus point win to have any chance of finishing top of Group A, but most importantly in Pivac’s mind will be a win of some sort after a period of scrutiny

He made 13 changes for Georgia’s visit to a wet Park y Scarlets, and was able to debut as flanker James Botham, grandson of former England cricketer Ian, scrum-half Kieran Hardy, center Johnny Williams and teenage flyback Ioan Lloyd

« In areas where we expected Georgia to come to us, we went really well, set piece, scrum and roster trained, » Pivac told reporters

« These were not the best conditions to move the ball although we did try sometimes We saw players for the first time and we are playing reasonably well

« There were good performances It was far from perfect but it was a step in the right direction »

The victory was secured on set pieces, especially in the scrum, where Wales’ supremacy that had been lacking in recent weeks was impressive

« The kick didn’t really work well in the last two games It was a real problem for us, but it worked and on a drier day I think we would have been a lot more dangerous »

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Pivac will return to what he considers his best XV to visit England, though there are concerns about the fitness of key flank Justin Tipuric, who has previously had concussion issues cerebral and had to leave the field after being caught by a swinging Georgian arm

« England are obviously a whole different proposition and we will put a side that we think can do the job, » added the New Zealand-born coach

Number eight Taulupe Faletau is set to return from injury, but doubts remain about loose striker Josh Navidi, who will be assessed during the week

All quotes were delayed by at least 15 minutes See here for a full list of exchanges and delays

Wales National Rugby Union Team Wayne Pivac, Georgia National Rugby Union Team

EbeneInfo – GB – Pivac reports bright spots as England looming at the Fall Nations Cup

Source: https://in.reuters.com/article/uk-rugby-union-wal/pivac-points-to-positives-as-england-loom-in-autumn-nation-cup-idUKKBN28207W

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