Rugby World Cup 2011
Scots to increase physicality
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
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
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,”
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
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