Wales vs Fiji, Rugby World Cup 2019 are living – latest ranking and updates from as of late's Pool D fixture

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Wales look to exorcise some demons against Fiji 12 years after a crushing defeat ended their Rugby World Cup hopes in France. 

It triggered a revolution of sorts under Warren Gatland, with the Welsh game as strong as ever. 

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Wales vs Fiji, Rugby World Cup 2019 LIVE: Latest score and updates from today's Pool D fixture

  • Wales take on Fiji in latest Pool D match in Oita
  • Win for Wales would secure quarter-final berth
  • Fiji could leapfrog Wales with a win

77 minutes

 

Fiji would love another score to earn them two bonus points and make their position in third in Pool D safer with Georgia still to play Australia, but that move at the front of the lineout won’t quite cut it – Peceli Yato is driven into touch. Well marked by Wales, not fooled by a maul feint.

76 minutes

 

Wales genuinely haven’t been able to stop Semi Radradra with just one man tonight. It takes four to bring him down as he sets off on a seemingly aimless meander out to the left, and Fiji win a penalty at the breakdown from the next phase.

74 minutes 

 

More excellent interplay from the Welsh, with Hadleigh Parkes and Liam Williams both getting deft offloads away to set George North free in open pasture, but Parkes’ pass is forward.

72 minutes

 

Crikey! Semi Radradra absolutely pulverises Liam Williams as the full-back comes down to floor after taking a kick, and does the same to Rhys Patchell as he ships it on.

 

What a player.

 

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Changes aplenty at this late juncture, including a World Cup debut for Rhys Carre, winning his second Welsh cap on the loosehead.

TRY!

TRY! And from a loose clearing kick Wales score!

 

Liam Williams flings the ball inside and Owen Watkin finds a gap, slipping but offloading to Ross Moriarty, who gets another away to Gareth Davies, who stumbles but bounces back to his feet.

 

Inside from Davies to Williams, and the full-back crosses for the bonus point score. That might just seal it, too. Patchell extends the advantage to 12.

 

Wales 29-17 Fiji

68 minutes

 

Clever from Rhys Patchell, choosing to eschew a slight overlap in a small amount of space to instead poke a grubber in behind and push Fiji back, making the tackle on Josua Tuisova.

67 minutes

 

Fiji throw a lineout quickly, Kini Murimurivalu throwing the ball across the Sea of Japan to find Semi Radradra, who beats three players to the outside and slips just as he seems set to beat two more.

 

Ben Volavola kicks across to the right and the bounce hops perfectly into the hands of Leone Nakarawa, but Peceli Yato can’t quite take the offload, and tackles Gareth Davies from the floor to concede the penalty. An important intervention, nonetheless – Davies has such speed and the Fijian defence was rather absent down the left had he been allowed to sprint away. 

65 minutes

 

Josua Tuisova is given a length runway around the corner from the scrum and takes off, powering through three tacklers with his trademark dipping styles into contact, and Fiji are inside the Welsh 22.

 

Semi Radradra shows his handling ability with a superb pick up from the shoelaces, but Ben Volavola knocks on as he tries to dart through a gap.

64 minutes

 

Josh Adams is limping, too, as Fiji build their attack. Ben Volavola tries to hurl a wide pass but Owen Watkin gets in the way, but tips it over the crossbar rather than claiming high above his head. Fiji scrum. 

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63 minutes

 

Jonathan Davies hurt himself in delivering that superb final offload, and Owen Watkin replaces him.

Also hobbling is Viliame Mata, and Fiji can call upon Peceli Yato as their back row replacement. 

TRY!

TRY! Wales back in front!

 

Superb play from Jonathan Davies. He puts his foot down, powering through a gap with a huge left-hand fend to the face of Jale Vatubua, swatted away, and then has the presence of mind to get the offload out the back to Josh Adams for the hat-trick as Radradra chops him down.

 

Adams leaps over the contact area and slams the ball down for his third. Rhys Patchell’s conversion hits the post and stays out.

 

Wales 22-17 Fiji 

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TRY? Josh Adams might have a hat-trick!

 

Simply incredible play down the left from Jonathan Davies, who flicks a magical offload to Josh Adams as Semi Radradra makes a remarkable last-ditch tackle, and Adams has scored before going into touch!

59 minutes

 

Fiji attack as Wales’ high kick travels only 20 yards, and Kini Murimurivalu puts Tevita Cavubati into space.

 

But Murimurivalu jumps in at the side of the ruck as Tomas Francis makes a quite outstanding tackle on Cavubati in space, and Jerome Garces spots his illegal intervention. Penalty for Wales inside their half.

PENALTY!

PENALTY!
 

Perfect strike from 45 metres from Rhys Patchell, and we are tied in Oita.

 

Wales 17-17 Fiji 

57 minutes

 

Wales have the scrum but find little joy as they play away from it, but Sam Matavesi and Tevita Cavubati are both offside as they try to work some midfield phases. 

 

Penalty to Wales, and Alun Wyn Jones points to the posts.

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Pleasingly, Biggar is able to get back to his feet and jog off, but I reckon that’ll be his day done.

 

Rhys Patchell into the game at fly-half, and into a proper contest.

56 minutes

 

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Dan Biggar has been clattered into by a leaping Liam Williams as both look at a high ball coming down, and appears to have been knocked out.

 

Elbow to head, back of head into the ground, hip into head as Biggar bounces off the floor. Three heavy contacts to the skull. That looks awful. Jerome Garces quickly stops the game so Biggar can get treatment.

TRY!

PENALTY TRY! Wales pull the maul down and Fiji have seven points! 

 

A powerful surge from Fiji, and Wales collapse it illegally. Fiji are ahead!
 

Wales 14-17 Fiji

SIN BIN!

52 minutes

 

Radradra is absurdly good. He takes a ball from Vatubua fired into his midriff from all of a foot and takes two defenders at the same time, somehow shrugging them both off.

 

He’s eventually dragged down inside the Welsh 22, and James Davies lies all over the ball to kill it. Jerome Garces goes to his pocket. ​YELLOW CARD! Wales down to 14. 

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James Davies reacted to his World Cup selection against Fiji by telling Wales boss Warren Gatland he had “finally seen the light”.

And Gatland admitted that he loved the Scarlets flanker’s response, having named him among two changes from the side that beat Australia eight days ago.

“When I congratulated James and said well done, his reply was, ‘You have finally seen the light, have you?’ He said he was only joking!” Gatland said.

“I loved that. I thought it was brilliant, a great response. I love a bit of banter like that and I have no problem with comments like that.

“It just says to me that players believe in their own ability and they want to be in the squad and they think they are good enough to be in the starting side.

“Justin was disappointed, but he will probably start the game against Uruguay and bring some experience to that side.

“He was tight in his quad (thigh muscle) before Australia. He was 100 per cent fit for that game and he was 100 per cent available for this game as well.

“We are trying to look at that bigger picture.”