AUSTRALIA had to battle all the way to the 27 – 8 victory over a well motivated Georgia while rain caused by Typhoon Hagibis poured down on the field of play.
The Wallabies took 22 minutes to open the scoring through a try by Nic White’s.
The converted try and a penalty gave the Australians a slender 10-3 half-time advantage and saw Isi Naisarani sin-binned for a high tackle.
A solo try from Marika Koroibete gave Australia a buffer but Alexander Todua crossed for Georgia before bringing them with a seven point reach again. However Jack Dempsey and Will Genia tries late in the second half took the took the Wallabies clear and to their bonus point.
The bonus-point win takes the already-qualified Wallabies to the top of Pool D, although they will be overtaken by Wales if Welsh side avoid defeat by Uruguay on Sunday.