Wayne’s world in turmoil after loss



dmg media (UK)



THE stormclouds of ruin are encircling Wayne Pivac after he became the first Wales coach to lose a Test match against Georgia. This was abysmal by Wales at the Principality Stadium. It looked as if they’d hit rock bottom when they lost to Italy in the Six Nations, but this was Wales’ nadir under Pivac. Luka Matkava’s name will go down forever in Welsh rugby history, the 20-year-old kicking a difficult penalty two minutes from time after Georgia had annihilated the home side’s scrum. Wales were cruising with a 12-3 lead at half-time, courtesy of two tries from Ospreys openside Jac Morgan. But they imploded after the interval, with a well-taken touchdown from Alexander Todua, along with Matkava’s late strike. ‘You’ve seen a lot of results that are going against the form book, and our result is one of those,’ Pivac said. Asked about his future as Wales coach, Pivac said: ‘I’ll be here rolling the sleeves up starting first thing in the morning like all the other coaches in the group. ‘We are here to do a job, we are totally focused on building towards the World Cup. This is clearly a setback and we are not proud of that result. It is not a nice place to be.’ Wales have lost eight of 11 Tests in 2022, and host Australia next Saturday. ‘We have to make sure we get the performance we are all happy with and proud of in seven days’ time,’ Pivac said.