Viliame Mata Wales reaches RWC quarterfinals after thrilling win against Fiji

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OITA –Wales rallied to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals beating Fiji 29-17 in an action-packed Pool D match on Wednesday.

There were seven tries, four of which were ruled out, five decisions from the Television Match Official, and three yellow cards.

And that was just the first half.

The Six Nations champion hit back from 10-0 down, and meets either England or France in the quarterfinals. Fiji’s defeat also advanced Australia to the quarterfinals.

The Flying Fijians are going home but going out in style.

Wales left winger Josh Adams scored a hat trick of tries — and had another ruled out — but only five points separated the teams with about 10 minutes left. Then fullback Liam Williams gave Wales breathing space with a converted try. Center Jonathan Davies created it with a brilliant backhand offload.

Earlier in the second half, his younger brother James Davies got sin-binned on his World Cup debut at flanker.

It a chaotic first half, referee Jerome Garces referred five of the seven tries to video review. Three were ruled out — two by Wales, one by Fiji.

Another try, scored by Fiji No. 8 Viliame Mata late in the half, didn’t need the TMO because the forward pass to him was so e

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