Georgia stun Wales with victory in Cardiff

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Wales (12) 12
Tries: Morgan 2 Cons: Priestland
Georgia (3) 13
Try: Todua Cons: Abzhandadze Pens: Abzhandadze, Matkava

Georgia produced the finest day of their history with a shock win over woeful Wales in Cardiff.

Replacement Luka Matkava kicked a 78th minute penalty to prove the Georgian hero.

Wayne Pivac's side had built up a 12-3 lead thanks to two tries from Jac Morgan.

But Georgia responded in the second half with an Alexander Todua try and the boot of Matkava to create history and spark wild celebrations.

The defeat, in a year where Wales have also lost at home to Italy, will bring Pivac's position under intense scrutiny, less than a year before the World Cup in France.

More to follow.

Wales: Rees-Zammit; Cuthbert, North, Watkin, Adams; Priestland, T Williams; G Thomas, Owens, D Lewis, Carter, Beard, J Morgan, Tipuric (capt), J Macleod.

Replacements: B Roberts, R Jones, S Wainwright, D Jenkins, Faletau, Blacker, Costelow, Halfpenny.

Georgia: Niniashvili; Modebadze, Tapladze, Sharikadze (capt), Todua; Abzhandadze, Lobzhanidze; Gogichashvili, Chkoidze, Papidze, Cheishvili, Mikautadze, Gorgadze, Saghinadze, Jalagonia.

Replacements: Mamukashvili, Abuladze, Kuntelia, Chachanidze, Mamamtavrishvili, Matkava, Khmaladze, Lomidze.

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)

Assistant Referees: Pierre Brousset (FFR), Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR).

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