Liam Williams The Latest: Wales edges Fiji in a thriller

Liam Williams This is another magnificent constituent.

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 20 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

Left winger Josh Adams scored a hat trick of tries as Wales reached the quarterfinals beating Fiji 29-17 in a pulsating Pool D match.

Wales hit back from 10-0 down and meets either England or France in the quarterfinals.

The Flying Fijians take the plane home after going out in style.

Only five points separated them with about 10 minutes left, but fullback Liam Williams gave Wales breathing space with a converted try.

A chaotic first half produced seven tries, but only three were given.

Referee Jerome Garces referred five to video review, of which 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 evident.

Adams crossed three times in the first half, but one got chalked off. Wales flanker Josh Navidi also got one disallowed by the TMO.

The two Fiji first-half tries given went to right winger Josua Tuisova and fullback Kini Murimurivalu inside eight minutes, by which time Fiji scrumhalf Frank Lomani had one ruled out by TMO for a forward pass from left winger Semi Radradra.

There were three first-half sinbins: Two for Fiji, after Wales hooker Ken Owens got his early on for a dangerous tackle on Mata, launching him over his shoulder.

Flanker James Davies got sin-binned in the second half – on World Cup debut.

His older brother Jonathan Davies set up Williams with a brilliant backhand offload.

The 33,000 fans at Oita Stadium certainly got their money’s worth.

8:40 p.m.

An update on the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Rugby World Cup this weekend has been scheduled for Thursday at midday local time (0300 GMT).

World Rugby would say no more about the news conference.

The typhoon is expected to hit the Tokyo-Yokohama area on Saturday, affecting most of all the England-France match on Saturday to decide the winner of Pool C, and the Japan-Scotland match on Sunday to decide a quarterfinalist from Pool A.


Wales leads Fiji 14-10 at halftime in a pulsating Rugby World Cup Pool D match at Oita Stadium.

A victory will put Wales into the quarterfinals, and Fiji must win to maintain its slim chances of qualifying.

Fiji’s spell-binding start produced two tries inside eight minutes, from right winger Josua Tuisova and fullback Kini Murimurivalu. Fiji got its second try moments after Wales hooker Ken Owens was sinbinned for a dangerous tackle.

In between those tries, Fiji had another from scrumhalf Frank Lomani disallowed when video review showed a forward pass from left winger Semi Radradra.

After Fiji’s first try, awarded following a TMO, Wales had a try from flanker Josh Navidi disallowed. TMO showed center Hadleigh Parkes knocking on when robbing Murimurivalu of possession.

But just after Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati was sinbinned for diving into the ruck with his shoulder, flyhalf Dan Biggar set up winger Josh Adams for a try in the left corner with a neat kick over the defense in the 17th and converted it.

Following a sustained period of pressure, scrumhalf Gareth Davies fed Adams and he touched down in the left corner in the 27th. Referee Jerome Garces called another TMO and Wales had another try ruled out because Adams’ foot was out of touch.

Two minutes later, Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani was sinbinned and Adams soon finished off a slick four-man passing move in the left corner, with Biggar converting from far out on the left for 14-10.

A man down, Fiji still finished well and had a try ruled out for a forward pass.

6:10 p.m.

Scotland has breezed past an exhausted-looking Russia team 61-0 to stay in the playoff hunt at the Rugby World Cup and set up a showdown with host Japan for a quarterfinal place.

The Scots got the bonus point they wanted and more in Shizuoka and kept the opposition scoreless for the second straight game. That’s a major comeback for Scotland after it was humbled by Ireland to start its World Cup.

Russia threw everything into its first three games in Japan and had nothing left in the tank at Shizuoka Stadium.

Scotland scored nine tries and had two more disallowed for forward passes. Scrumhalf George Horne had a hat trick and flyhalf Adam Hastings scored Scotland’s first two tries and kicked eight out of nine conversions for 26 points.

The Pool A standings are now: Japan top on 14 points, Ireland second on 11, Scotland third on 10. Ireland plays Samoa on Saturday and Scotland plays the host on Sunday in the fight for the two quarterfinal places.

Adam Hastings has two tries in the opening 17 minutes as Scotland leads Russia 21-0 at halftime in Shizuoka.

It puts Scotland on course to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive in Pool A ahead of a showdown with host Japan this weekend.

Scotland has three tries against the Russians and needs one more in the last 40 for a bonus point.

Flyhalf Hastings, son of former Scotland great Gavin, weaved in from a scrum close to the Russia line in the 13th minute. He chased down his own kick ahead for his second four minutes later.

Scrumhalf George Horne intercepted a pass from opposite number Dmitry Perov for Scotland’s third try. Perov was trying to throw a long pass in his own try area and it went straight to Horne.

Those three Scotland tries came in an eight-minute burst.

A bonus-point win will put the Scots in touching distance of pool leader Japan and second-place Ireland ahead of a dramatic finish to the group this weekend.

If the Scots finish the job against Russia, they will play Japan in Yokohama on Sunday for a place in the quarterfinals – as long as Super Typhoon Hagibis, which is heading for Japan, doesn’t cause problems with the Rugby World Cup schedule.

4:15 p.m.

Scotland needs a win against Russia to realistically stay in contention for the quarterfinals.

Scotland’s penultimate game in Pool A and Russia’s last game at this Rugby World Cup is underway in Shizuoka.

A win with a bonus point is what the Scots are expecting. That would put them in touching distance of pool leader and host Japan and second-place Ireland, and still in with a chance of making the last eight.

The pool ends over the weekend when Ireland plays Samoa and Scotland plays Japan. Ireland, Scotland and the host team are all fighting for two quarterfinals places. A dramatic finish to the group could be upended, though, if Typhoon Hagibis arrives in Japan over the weekend and affects the schedule.

Russia hasn’t won a Rugby World Cup game in seven previous attempts but this is a chance for the Bears to give captain Vasily Artemyev a big farewell. The 32-year-old fullback has started every Russia World Cup game and is likely playing his last at the showpiece tournament in Shizuoka.

3:35 p.m.

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