Viliame Mata Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales survive almighty scare against Fiji to secure quarter-final spot

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Wales’ unbeaten World Cup campaign and perfect record rolls on, but this was a significant scare both head coach Warren Gatland and his team’s supporters could have done without.

Ultimately victory and a place in the quarter-finals was secured thanks to a hat-trick of tries from wing Josh Adams who had a remarkable game of high and lows.

Wales went 10-0 down and Fiji were always in the contest. When they grabbed a second-half penalty try a real upset looked possible, but in the end Wales sealed a bonus-point success as Liam Williams added to Adams’ treble. The brutal, tight and entertaining nature of this contest should serve them well for the knock-out stages as both sides had two players yellow carded.

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Fiji will head home with their heads held high following tries from Josua Tuisova, Kini Murimurivalu and a penalty score, but they weren’t able to repeat their famous 2007 win over Wales as they tired late on. It meant Wales fans breathed a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle.

Gatland had named a strong side both in a bid to keep his team’s tournament momentum going and in acknowledgement of the danger Fiji possessed in their ranks.

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The Pacific Islanders kept Wales waiting for kick-off, but started with a bang as lock Leone Nakarawa delivered one superb offload and Gareth and Jonathan Davies produced poor kicks.

Wales were penalised for offside following the second of those and Fiji took a scrum, spreading the ball wide to Tuisova who barged off the covering Josh Navidi to produce a sensational corner finish.

Navidi had a Welsh response ruled out for a Hadleigh Parkes knock on while Fiji also had a second chalked off – rightly – for a forward pass by Viliame Mata.

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