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Wales 12-13 Georgia: Wayne Pivac’s position as Wales head coach is coming under intense pressure

Wales 12-13 Georgia: Wayne Pivac’s position as Wales head coach is coming under intense pressure after Saturday’s abysmal loss against Georgia that saw the hosts surrender a late lead on home soil

  • Wales head coach Wayne Pivac is under new pressure as Wales head coach
  • The New Zealand born rugby union coach has overseen a bad run of form
  • With Saturday’s shock loss against Georgia a harrowing result for his side
  • Wales surrendered a first-half lead as Georgia scored late to secure victory

The stormclouds of ruin are encircling Wayne Pivac after he became the first Wales coach to lose a Test match against Georgia.

This was abysmal by Wales at the Principality Stadium. It looked as if they’d hit rock bottom when they lost to Italy in the Six Nations, but this was Wales’ nadir under Pivac.

Luka Matkava’s name will go down forever in Welsh rugby history, the 20-year-old kicking a difficult penalty two minutes from time after Georgia had annihilated the home side’s scrum.

Wayne Pivac (middle) is under pressure as Wales boss after his side's loss to Georgia

Wayne Pivac (middle) is under pressure as Wales boss after his side’s loss to Georgia

Wales surrendered their lead to lose against Georgia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday

Wales surrendered their lead to lose against Georgia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday

Georgia players celebrated their second-ever tier 1 win of the year against Wales

Georgia players celebrated their second-ever tier 1 win of the year against Wales

Wales were cruising with a 12-3 lead at half-time, courtesy of two tries from Ospreys openside Jac Morgan. But they imploded after the interval, with a well-taken touchdown from Alexander Todua, along with Matkava’s late strike.

‘You’ve seen a lot of results that are going against the form book, and our result is one of those,’ Pivac said. 

Asked about his future as Wales coach, Pivac said: ‘I’ll be here rolling the sleeves up starting first thing in the morning like all the other coaches in the group.

Pivac questioned his Wales players' form after their shock home loss against Georgia

Pivac questioned his Wales players’ form after their shock home loss against Georgia

Georgia's Luka Matkava (middle) kicked the winning points late in the match

Georgia’s Luka Matkava (middle) kicked the winning points late in the match

‘We are here to do a job, we are totally focused on building towards the World Cup. This is clearly a setback and we are not proud of that result. It is not a nice place to be.’

Wales have lost eight of 11 Tests in 2022, and host Australia next Saturday. ‘We have to make sure we get the performance we are all happy with and proud of in seven days’ time,’ Pivac said.

Wales Jac Morgan scored the first try of the day to give Pivac's side an early lead in the match

Wales Jac Morgan scored the first try of the day to give Pivac’s side an early lead in the match


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