Rugby World Cup 2011

Scots to increase physicality

2011-09-12 14:44
Andy Robinson (File)





Cape Town - Scotland has made eleven changes for Wednesday’s Pool B encounter at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

The Scots failed to impress much in their opening game against Romania.

The match was deadlocked at 24-24 before two late tries saved the Scots some blushes as they ran out eventual 34-24 winners.

Their coach, Andy Robinson has implored his team to adopt a more physical approach in their next match as the Georgians will pose a similar, if not sterner test to the one they faced against Romania.

“We expect Georgia to be a tough game, even harder than that against Romania.

“We need to be more physical. We need to get field position and look after the ball better,”Robinson told Sportal’s website.

He even sees the Georgians as genuine rivals as the East-Europeans have expressed the need to take part in the Six Nations. Scotland have generally not fared well in the cross continental competition.

“The Georgians want to play in the Six Nations. They will see this as an opportunity to put their hand up for that and this is a huge game for them on the global stage. If you think back to 2007 when they just lost to Ireland (10-14) they got very close,” Robinson added.

Only Allan Jacobsen, Kelly Brown, Matt Evans and Sean Lamont look set to retain their starting positions for Wednesday’s clash, which means that Rory Lawson will take over the captaincy from Alastair Kellock.

“"Hopefully we have learnt our lessons from Romania and now we want to move on. We've had to look at ourselves,” Lawson said.

Teams

Scotland:
15 Rory Lamont, 14 Max Evans, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Rory Lawson (captain), 8 Kelly Brown, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Al Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Allan Jacobsen

Substitutes: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Geoff Cross, 18 Alasdair Dickinson, 19 Richie Gray, 20 Richie Vernon, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Chris Paterson

Georgia:
15 Revaz Gigauri, 14 Irakli Machkhaneli, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Tedo Zibzibadze, 11 Alexander Todua, 10 Merab Kvirikashvili, 9 Irakli Abuseridze (captain), 8 Dimitri Basilaia, 7 Mamuka Gorgodze, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili, 5 Vakhtang Maisuradze, 4 Levan Datunashvili, 3 David Zirakashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 David Khinchagishvili

 

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