'We're here to play footy' - Georgia's Kiwi coach vows to play expansive game against All Blacks

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In what should be music to the ears of any rugby fan fed up with teams deliberately trying to slow the ball down, Georgia coach Milton Haig insists his side will commit to a free-flowing match when his side meet the All Blacks on Saturday.

Georgia coach Milton Haig insists his side want to play free-flowing rugby against the All Blacks in Cardiff on Saturday.
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New Zealand's outing with minnows Namibia was marred by a ponderous second half, with numerous stoppages frustrating the defending champions and seeing them lose patience and composure.

It arguably helped Namibia, ranked 20th in the world, limit the scoreline to just 58-14.

It did not do much for the casual observer, however, ruining the match as a spectacle, and it's not a blueprint Georgia's Kiwi coach is keen to copy in the first match between the sides, despite the gulf in skill and experience.

"In the long run we're here to play footy, our philosophy over the last four years is to make sure we can try and use the ball and attack," the former Chiefs assistant coach Haig told ONE News.

"Deliberately having stoppages to slow the game down is not in our mindset, that's for sure."

The rugged Georgians are noted for the power of their forward play, perhaps linked to the nations love for wrestling.

Haig said they used wrestling techniques as part of their preparation for the tournament, but it was unlikely to influence their style of play.

"You can make it relevant to rugby, but in the long run  when you get on the park you get your boots on, it's about being accurate around breakdown, it's about making sure you can get shoulder on in tackles and be effective really."

The match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff kicks off at 8am on Saturday (NZT).

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