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Liam Williams Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales gain bonus point in win over Fiji, send Australia through to quarters

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Liam Williams Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales gain bonus point in win over Fiji, send Australia through to quarters

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  • Liam Williams In an end-to-end encounter in Oita, Fiji scored two tries in the first eight minutes playing some free-flowing rugby, but Wales pegged them back

  • Liam Williams The result also guaranteed Australia’s progress to the last eight ahead of their final Pool D game against Georgia on Friday

  • Liam Williams The victory may have come at a high price for Wales with playmaker Dan Biggar apparently knocked out in an aerial clash with team-mate Liam Williams,

Oita: Winger Josh Adams scored a sensational hat-trick on Wednesday as Wales booked a Rugby World Cup quarter-final place with a 29-17 bonus-point win over Fiji, sending Australia through in the process.

In an end-to-end encounter in Oita, Fiji scored two tries in the first eight minutes playing some free-flowing rugby, but the Six Nations champions pegged them back and a Liam Williams try with 12 minutes left buried the Fijians’ chances.

Liam Williams Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales gain bonus point in win over Fiji, send Australia through to quarters

Wales’ full-back Liam Williams (R) is tackled during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji. AFP

The result also guaranteed Australia’s progress to the last eight ahead of their final Pool D game against Georgia on Friday.

But the victory may have come at a high price for Wales with playmaker Dan Biggar apparently knocked out in an aerial clash with team-mate Williams, and Adams limping off with a knee injury after his third try.

“I think the medics are going to be working pretty hard in the next 24/48 hours. But pleasing to get that bonus-point win,” said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

“That was tough, they’ve got some unbelievable individuals and we just had to stay in it,” added Gatland.

Fiji produced a flying start with two tries in a dramatic opening, in which a third try was ruled out by a forward pass and Wales went a man down when hooker Ken Owens was sent to the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle.

It was the first of four yellow cards as referee Jerome Garces lost patience with repeated fouls.

But as the game wore on the superior quality of the Welsh attack told, and forward passes cost Fiji two more tries.

Although the final scoreline was probably closer than Wales would have liked, and Fiji win

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