Pivac pleased to end Wales winless streak

22 November 2020 23:38:30 GMTPlus11

Wales coach Wayne Pivac says the 18-0 Autumn Nations Cup victory over Georgia is "a step in the right direction".

Pivac and his players were under pressure going into the game after a six-match losing streak - their worst sequence of results since 2012.

Wales finished fifth in this year's Six Nations Championship, in which their only win came against bottom side Italy, so a hard-fought victory against Georgia was a welcome boost after they lost 32-9 to Ireland in their opening game of the inaugural tournament.

Tries from Gloucester winger Louis Rees-Zammit on his first start and scrum-half Rhys Webb helped the Welsh run out winners in Llanelli.

Bristol's Callum Sheedy, also starting for the first time in a Wales shirt, kicked eight points as the hosts handled the physical threat of the Georgians in wet and windy conditions on Saturday.

Their next assignment in the Autumn Nations Cup is more daunting as they face Six Nations champions and 2019 World Cup runners-up England next weekend.

Reflecting on the victory, Pivac said: "In the areas we expected Georgia to come at us we went very well, the set-piece, the scrum and the driven line-out.

"We didn't concede there and the work we did in the week paid dividends. It wasn't the best conditions to move the ball in though we tried at times.

"There were some good performances. It was far from perfect but it was a step in the right direction."

Wales are 17.00 to win the 2023 Rugby World Cup with New Zealand 2.75 and England 4.50.

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