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Defence coach Mike Forshaw and forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys during training

Forshaw not taking Georgia lightly

Wales defence coach Mike Forshaw has already been studying the Georgian side ahead of Saturday’s clash in Nantes and insists the Welsh players won’t be taking the game lightly.

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Wales’ three wins to date have seen them qualify for the quarter finals with a game to spare, while the Georgians will go into the game without a win and knowing they will have to qualify for the 2027 World Cup the hard way after failing to reach the top three.

But they will also come into the game knowing the last time the two teams met in Cardiff they came up with one of the best results in their history, beating Wayne Pivac’s side 13-12.

“Like Portugal,¬†Georgia can be dangerous and they throw the ball around well. They have a very good full back and some heavy forwards if they can get into that five-metre channel, so it’s all about how we manage the game,” said Forshaw.

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“We won’t be taking them lightly, that’s for sure.”

Forshaw’s defensive philosophy has become embedded into the squad at the tournament and not only did they notch a World Cup record of 253 tackles in the win over Fiji but stopped Australia from scoring a try.

“I showed the players the momentum graph that I chase as a coach about the game model from a defensive point of view. It was the best I’ve had since I’ve been here against Australia,” added Forshaw.

“We didn’t have any spirals in the game. In the first 20 minutes we made a hell of a lot of tackles again, when they got into our death zone and threw the kitchen sink at us for 15 phases.

“I think that broke them. Our momentum, possession, discipline and turnover rate was exceptional – if you are under 10 penalties and under 10 turnovers you are going to win the game.

“We’ve got to repeat that against Georgia, so I won’t be getting carried away. The good thing is we are¬†building.”

The lucky thing for me was coming in hot in the six nations without much time. The World Cup year has been handy for me because we’ve spent a lot of time away and that has turned us into a club team.

“The game model I’ve always coached is building. The players now know exactly how I preview and review games, what things they have to do in certain areas of the field. It’s important we are all on the same page and have clarity.

“Effort is the bread and butter, working hard. The lads have been brilliant.”

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