WELSH winger Josh Adams scored a hat-trick to guide Wales to the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final stage with a bruising 29-17 victory over Fiji.
Wales came back from trailing 10 – 0 and overcame an early Fiji onslaught in what turned out to be a bruising battle.
The Welsh full-back Liam Williams also crossed the line late in the match to secure a bonus point for his team.
The victory, however, came at a cost with injury doubts for the rest of the tournament over fly-half Dan Biggar and centre Jonathan Davies. Adams also limped off in the final minutes, injured when scoring his third try.
Both sides had two players yellow-carded during the encounter in which Fiji excelled in broken play.
It was the third victory for Wales after previous wins over Georgia and Australia. The victory over Fiji means the Welsh moved to the top of Pool D and are in line to win the group by defeating Uruguay when the teams will meet in four days’ time.
Wales will win Pool D with a victory over Uruguay and then will have to face the Pool C runners up in the first round of knock-out matches. That will be either England or France with the two sides scheduled to meet in a group decider on Saturday.
Scotland thrashes Russia
Scotland set up a 2019 Rugby World Cup showdown in the pool finale with Japan with a very comfortable bonus-point victory of 61 – 0 over Russia earlier in the day.
Adam Hastings got the Scots rolling with two early tries and George Horne was gifted an intercept score. Horne completed a hat-trick after the interval, while George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay and Stuart McInally also ran in tries for the Scots.
Scotland must take four more points from Sunday’s Pool A finale against the host nation to reach the quarter finals.
Russia ended their World Cup adventure with four defeats.
Pumas outplays the Eagles
Argentina finished their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in the first match of the day with a 47 – 17 bonus-point win over the USA.
The victory ensured a third place in Pool C for the Pumas and confirmed their berth in the 2023 tournament.
Despite running in seven tries, the Pumas, failed to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2003 after suffering by France and England.
Joaquin Tuculet scored a first-half double after Nicolas Sanchez’s opening try.
The USA responded before the break when Blaine Scully touched down when fly-half AJ MacGinty’s kicked a grubber that favoured the Eagles.
But centre Juan Cruz Mallia crossed twice to reassert Argentina’s dominance in the second half, with further tries from Jeronimo De La Fuente and Gonzalo Bertranou.
Paul Lasike responded with a try and Scully added a late third for the USA.
The Eagles will finish their 2019 campaign against Tonga on Sunday.