Wallabies rivals Georgia blown away in RWC warm-up


Australia's opening Rugby World Cup opponents Georgia have surrendered a 6-0 halftime lead, conceding five tries after the break in a 33-6 loss to Scotland in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up at Murrayfield.

It was the fourth time in four summer Tests Scotland trailed at the break - and the third occasion they fought back to win.

Tries by Duhan van der Merwe sandwiched touchdowns by Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey and Kyle Steyn as the Scots recovered from conceding two Luka Matkava penalties in the first half.

The Wallabies kick-off their World Cup campaign against Georgia on September 9 (early September 10 AEST).

Although the Scots failed to fire before halftime, coach Gregor Townsend was heartened by the way they blew the visitors away after the interval.

"It was probably better for us going six points down because it meant we had to improve certain areas," he said.

"Our fitness would have to come through, and it did, and our bench did really well, too.

"Georgia didn't score a try so that was a pleasing aspect. Georgia have beaten Wales and Italy (over the last year), and they are outstanding in that contact area."

Townsend leads his squad to their World Cup training base in France next Sunday, and is close to cementing his starting XV for their opener against South Africa on September 10 in Marseille.

"I'm more clear on the 15 than the 23, and I know there are players who have put their hand up today to come into the mix," he said.

"That's been a really positive outcome of these four games. Our bench has played really well, and we've finished every game stronger than our opposition. That's a credit to the fitness of the squad."

Scotland have beaten Italy and Georgia and split a pair with France.

Townsend said he expects winger Darcy Graham to be available for the South Africa clash after a quad strain forced his withdrawal from playing Georgia.