Liam Williams Wales 29-17 Fiji: Warren Gatland’s men survive scare to seal top spot in Pool D

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Good heavens that was close.

Wales almost saw history repeat on them at the World Cup as they so nearly lost to a Fiji side at times playing rugby from the heavens.

As it was they did not suffer the woes of defeat like in 2007 and equalled their best-ever tournament comeback, having been 10-0 down and emerging victorious.

Semi Radradra barges his way through the Wales defence during an incredible Pool D clash

Josua Tuisova gets the Islanders off to the best possible start, scoring after just three minutes

Josh Adams scored a hat-trick, having been at fault for both early Fiji tries, and Liam Williams took a fourth to make sure Wales qualified for the quarter-finals back here in 10 days’ time.

There is great credit in the way that Wales did not succumb to the Fijian storm in Oita – but for large parts they were jittery, disjointed and in world’s of pain. Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar both went off – this might have been a win, but Fiji’s impact on Wales could extend deep into the tournament.

The Pacific Islanders were such a joyous racket of pace, power, precision and downright pizzazz. Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu scored and they took a penalty try.

But when it came to it they did not have enough, and exit the World Cup ruing a horrible loss to Uruguay. The rugby gods are mortal after all.

Four tries, three yellow cards and a contentious TMO decision – and that was just the first half of utter, glorious bedlam in Oita. 

Captain Alun Wyn Jones’s expression sums up the Wales mood as Ken Owens is shown a yellow

Fiji increase their lead as Kini Murimurivalu touches down to make it 10-0 after eight minutes

So what was the idea for Wales? Start fast? They were 10-0 down after nine minutes. Do not get dragged into the ‘excitement’? They were throwing risky passes and panicking. Put in an 80-minute defensive performance as Shaun Edwards demanded? Wales had made just 76 per cent of their tackles come half-time.

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