Viliame Mata Rugby: Brilliant Adams grabs hat-trick as battered Wales reach quarters

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OITA, Japan: Winger Josh Adams grabbed a hat-trick of tries as a battered and bruised Wales battled to a 29-17 bonus-point win over Fiji on Wednesday (Oct 9) to book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

In a frenzied clash under the roof at Oita Stadium, the Fijians gave the Six Nations champions a real scare, surging into 17-14 lead early in the second half of the Pool D with a penalty try.

That revived memories of the ‘Nightmare in Nantes’ when the Pacific islanders knocked Wales out of the 2007 World Cup.

Adams, however, steadied the ship with his hat-trick try on the hour-mark and fullback Liam Williams crossed 12 minutes from the siren to settle the game.

Wales ended the game with concerns over talismanic flyhalf Dan Biggar, sidelined with a head injury for a second time in the tournament and who was quickly ruled out of the team’s final pool game.

“We probably started a little slowly out of the box, we knew that if Fiji got their tails up we were going to be in for a hard day at the offi

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