2019 Autumn Internationals – Georgia vs Scotland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Georgia vs Scotland taking place? Saturday 31st August, 17:00 (UK)

Where is Georgia vs Scotland taking place? Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi

What is the expected weather for Georgia vs Scotland? 18c but it could be wet with a chance of showers during the game

What channel is Georgia vs Scotland on? Georgia vs Scotland will be shown live on Premier Sports 2

Where can I stream Georgia vs Scotland? Premier Sports subscribers can stream the match via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Georgia vs Scotland? Check https://www.autumn-internation... for ticket information

What was the score in the last meeting? Scotland 43-16 Georgia

THE TEAM NEWS

GEORGIA

  • Georgia will host a historic Test match against Scotland as they face a Tier One nation for the first time on home soil and all eyes will be on them as they attempt to prove their worth in a bid to face some of the world’s better teams more frequently.
  • The Georgians were too good for all of their opponents at the Rugby Europe Championship earlier in the year as they won all five of their games but this is a considerable step up in class as they face the Scots.
  • Georgia hosted Southern Kings in a one-off game on Tuesday and they secured an impressive win but despite the short turnaround, many of their players will look to back up here as they look to be part of this landmark clash with their big front row set to be an important part of how they play.

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland bounced back from their poor showing against France by beating the same opponents at Murrayfield last week as they hit back from 3-14 down to claim a 17-14 victory in which they kept the French scoreless in the second half.
  • The Scots suffered a blow in that win over France as lock Sam Skinner picked up a hamstring injury and it was significant enough to rule him out of the World Cup with Glasgow Warriors second row Tim Swinson receiving a call-up as cover.
  • Head coach Gregor Townsend has made 10 changes to the side that defeated France with Sam Johnson getting the chance to impress in the centres whilst Rory Hutchinson will make his first Test start for the Scots but Tommy Seymour misses out through injury.

THE PREDICTION

Georgia will hope to make a statement as they host Scotland in the first Tier One opposition to travel to Eastern Europe to face them in a Test match. The Georgians have longed to be taken more seriously and a win in this game would be a step in the right direction ahead of the World Cup. Scotland will travel in a buoyant mood following their impressive win over France last week but with so many changes, the Scots may lack the fluency of last week and could succumb to defeat in front of a raucous crowd if they are not careful.

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