Viliame Mata Wales survive Fiji scare to book place in World Cup quarter-finals

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Viliame Mata Wales' Liam Williams celebrates with team-mates scoring their fourth try in the Pool D win over Fiji at Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan
Wales’ Liam Williams celebrates with team-mates scoring their fourth try in the Pool D win over Fiji at Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan

Wales survived a major fright to subdue flamboyant Fiji 29-17 at Oita Stadium and book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Warren Gatland’s team recovered from conceding two tries in the opening 10 minutes to wing Josua Tuisova and full-back Kini Murimurivalu as Fiji showcased their sevens genius in spectacular fashion.

But wing Josh Adams touched down twice before half-time and then completed his hat-trick to secure a potential last-eight clash against France.

Dan Biggar, who went off after a nasty collision, kicked two conversions and Rhys Patchell added a conversion and penalty, but Wales were pushed to the limit before full-back Liam Williams’ late try clinched a bonus-point triumph.

Fiji’s defeat means they are out of the tournament, yet they exited in style despite having two players sin-binned, by testing every sinew of Wales’ character and resolve.

Wales showed two changes in their line-up, with flanker James Davies and number eight Ross Moriarty both making their first starts of the tournament.

Edinburgh back-row forward Viliame Mata, meanwhile, featured as Fiji’s solitary switch fol

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