Hogg “proud” after NZ showing, but now has Georgia on his mind

Scotland fought back from 26-0 down to earn a four try bonus point in a 52-33 defeat to New Zealand at the weekend in the World under-20 Championship – and next up is Georgia.

On Saturday Scotland scored five tries in Rosario and have shown up well in Pool C against South Africa and the Baby Blacks so far.

However, a win still eludes them ahead of the final pool match with the Georgians who will certainly not be pushovers.

 After the New Zealand game head coach Carl Hogg said:  “I was extremely proud of the boys. They showed huge endeavour and passion for the Scotland jersey.

“New Zealand presented different challenges from South Africa, we had to work really hard for our five tries, but to go to the next level we have to make sure that we don’t give away soft tries. At times we let the pressure valve off.

“We got within touching distance of New Zealand and could have come away with two bonus points. The performance has given the boys huge confidence and we’re now looking forward to the game against Georgia

“They will offer a different style. We can expect them to be very strong at the set piece, so we’ve got to make sure our discipline is top drawer.

“If we continue to display that battling spirit and play intelligent, smart rugby in the right areas of the field – like we did against New Zealand – then I’ve got every belief this squad can take the next step in this Championship.

“The beauty of the last two matches is that all 28 players from the squad have fully contributed and we travel into the Georgia game in reasonably good health.”

Scotland v Georgia takes place in Pool C of the under-20 World Championship at 10.30am local time (2.30pm UK time) on Wednesday, June 12 – the match will be streamed live on world.rugby/u20

 Thanks to World Rugby for the photo