Rugby World Cup 2019: Fiji 17-29 Wales

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Josh Adam’s third try put Wales ahead in the final quarter
Fiji (10) 17
Tries: Tuisova, Murimurivalu, penalty try
Wales (14) 29
Tries: Adams (3), L Williams Cons: Biggar (2), Patchell Pen: Patchell

Wing Josh Adams scored a hat-trick to guide Wales to the World Cup quarter-finals with a pulsating 29-17 victory over Fiji in Oita.

Wales came from 10-0 down and overcame an early Fiji onslaught in a bruising battle in Oita.

Full-back Liam Williams also crossed late to secure a bonus point.

The victory came at a cost with injury doubts for the rest of the tournament over fly-half Dan Biggar and centre Jonathan Davies.

Cardiff Blues wing Adams limped off in the final minutes, injured in scoring his third try.

Both sides had two players yellow-carded in a frenetic encounter in which Fiji excelled in broken play.

It was a third victory after previous wins over Georgia and Australia. Wales now top Pool D and in line to win the group by defeating Uruguay in four days’ time.

Wales will be without Biggar for that final pool match after he suffered a second head injury in successive games and will be a doubt for a quarter-final, probably in 11 days in Oita.

Wales were trailing and down to 14-men when Ken Owens was shown a yellow card early in the first half

Davies will also be a doubt for the knockout stages after picking up a knee injury.

Assuming Wales clinch Pool D with victory over Uruguay, Warren Gatland’s side will play the Pool C runners up.

That will be either England or France with the two sides scheduled to meet in a group decider on Saturday.

Spare a thought for the Fijians who experienced a mixed tournament with defeats against Australia and Uruguay and an impressive 45-10 victory over Georgia.

Wales: L Williams; North, Jonathan Davies, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; Wyn Jones, Owens, Francis, Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (C), Navidi, James Davies, Moriarty.

Replacements: Carre, Dee, Lewis, Shingler, Wainwright, T Williams, Patchell, Watkin.

Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Nayacalevu, Botia, Radradra; Volavola, Lomani; Ma’afu, S Matavesi, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu (C), Kunatani, Mata.

Replacements: Dolokoto, Mawi, Ravai, Ratuniyarawa, Yato, Matawalu, Vatubua, J Matavesi.

Officials: Referee: Jerome Garces (France); Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Karl Dickson (England); TMO Ben Skeen (New Zealand).

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