Wales survive early Fijian scare thanks to Josh Adams hat-trick as they qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals

Jonathan Davies' strong fend on Jale Vatubua
Jonathan Davies' strong fend led to Josh Adams' hat-trick try Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Dan Biggar, the Wales fly-half, has been ruled out of Sunday's fixture against Uruguay in Kumamoto after suffering a concussion in the win over Fiji.

Biggar came off worse in a sickening collision with team-mate Liam Williams as both players attempted to catch the ball, with Biggar's head crashing into the turf after hitting Williams' shoulder and knee, sparking immediate concern after Biggar's failed head injury assessment in the previous match against Australia.

As required by World Rugby, given Biggar was removed from the field with concussion, he will now be independently assessed.

"He didn’t do a HIA. He was just removed from the field. It means that he won’t be in consideration for Sunday and he will have to go through protocols. We’ll probably get someone to look at him as well," explained Wales head coach Warren Gatland, who was more positive on injuries to centre Jonathan Davies and wing Josh Adams, with Adams scoring a hat-trick against Fiji as Wales confirmed their place in the quarter-finals.

"There are no fears. Josh just took a dead leg. Jonathan, with his knee, it was the same sort of thing. You never know with knees. He will probably be assessed tomorrow when all players go and have a review of today.

Semi Radradra was masterful for Fiji Credit: GETTY IMAGES

"There are some sore bodies. The guys are just sore after a tough and physical game."

Biggar's unavailability leaves Rhys Patchell as the only remaining specialist fly-half in the squad to face Uruguay, with Gatland assessing other options to fill in behind on Sunday.

"I don’t know!" Gatland replied with a smile when asked who could cover 10 if required. "We’ll sit down as coaches and look at that. Some players are going to have to back-up, particularly backs. We may go for a 6-2 split on the bench with six forwards.

"We’ve got some quality nines. We may look at that. Hadleigh Parkes was talked about and Liam Williams. We’ve been running Hallam Amos at 10 in training and he’s looked pretty sharp there.

"We’ll weigh those options up in terms of who we think can do the job for us. Gareth Davies went on the wing for us today and he did a job for us there. We’ve got players who may be a little unfamiliar but we have been running players there at training.

"With the short turnaround, we need to freshen players up. Hopefully we’re good enough to do a job on Sunday to secure this group."

Wales remain in control of Pool D, but only after overcoming a monumental scare from Fiji before securing their 29-17 win here in Oita.

Gatland's side came from behind in both halves, down 0-10 after the first 10 minutes and then 14-17 after the break, to eventually triumph. But it was only when Liam Williams crossed to score after 68 minutes that Wales could truly relax, having been put through the wringer by the spectacular Semi Radradra and his team-mates. Every touch Radradra had was outstanding, including a rib-crunching tackle on Liam Williams. Quite rightly, he was named player of the match.

"Semi is a world-class player and he has shown his class in this tournament," said Fiji head coach, John McKee. "To win Player of the Match on the losing team is a big effort."

Josua Tuisova’s wonder finish in the corner for the opening try was box office. Adams, Biggar and even Josh Navidi could not stop Tuisova before he reached out to score, swiftly followed over by Kini Murimurivalu to make it 10-0 to Fiji, with Ken Owens in the sin-bin after a reckless tackle on Viliame Mata, the first of four yellow cards in the match given out by Jerome Garces.

Wales rallied, Adams scoring twice to give them a 14-10 half-time lead. But a penalty try to Fiji, after Wales illegally collapsed their maul short of the line, put the pressure back on the Six Nations champions.

After a Rhys Patchell penalty levelled the scores, Jonathan Davies produced a moment of real class to turn the tide. His fend on Jale Vatubua was superb, followed by a sumptuous offload out the back to Adams who completed his hat-trick, before Liam Williams' try eased any late nerves.

"We knew Fiji were going to be tough. They were very good in the last 15 minutes against Georgia and started really well against Australia," Gatland admitted.

"They’ve got some absolute world-class athletes. It was disappointing to concede a penalty at the start of the game and they’ve scored from that. I would have taken a bonus point from 10-0 down. I thought it showed some great character. We started the first two games really well and then we were behind by 10 points.

"We’ve got ourselves back into it and I thought we finished really strongly. It was tough but there was some real character displayed out there, given how hard and physical the game was."

Alun Wyn Jones speaks to ITV

We started slow out the blocks. We knew if Fiji got their tails up then we would be in for a hard day at the office. But, full respect and credit to Fiji - we saw the best of them today. It's difficult to play against.

You're sort of damned if you do and damned if you don't against Fiji. But we had to show character in both halves there to narrow the deficit. There are things we can tighten up, but full credit to Fiji.

Credit: ITV

How Pool A looks

A win for Wales against Uruguay on Sunday means they will leave Pool D top.

Semi Radradra

It does seem slightly churlish to give the man-of-the-match to a player on the losing side, but Fiji's Semi Radradra can feel rightly aggrieved if he does not receive that gong today.

Here's one of his big hits on Liam Williams:

Full time: Wales 29 Fiji 17

Williams kicks the ball off the field following the scrum, and that's the quarter-final guaranteed for Wales, with Uruguay to come on Sunday.

If they beat the South Americans, then they will top the pool. Depending on how Australia get on against Georgia on Friday, a draw - even a losing bonus point - might be enough to progress as pool winners.

79 min: Wales 29 Fiji 17    

Wales make good ground off the lineout, with North carrying well, but the wing spills the ball in contact, so Fiji will get the scrum on halfway, centre field.

Fiji look to get Tuisova involved again, and his leg-drive in contact gets him beyond the gain line, but Williams and Watkin manage to force the knock-on.

30 seconds remain. Fiji have been brave, but Wales have just about been better.

77 min: Wales 29 Fiji 17   

Fiji do attempt to go from deep, but they struggle for quick ball and, once again, are a bit lateral.

Wales give away a needless penalty, however, for not rolling away, and Volavola puts Fiji on halfway.

Fiji try a lineout move, wrapping round the hooker channel again, but replacement hooker Dolokoto was in touch.

75 min: Wales 29 Fiji 17  

Wales break wide following a set-up in midfield, and Williams sets North away with a gorgeous out-the-back pass, but Wales are pulled back as Parkes' pass to Williams was forward.

Fiji have the scrum on their own 22 with time running out.

74 min: Wales 29 Fiji 17 

But Fiji steal the lineout! They couldn't go the length, could they?

Matawalu decides the answer is 'no', and clears with a box-kick.

Wales will have another go on the Fiji 10-metre line.

73 min: Wales 29 Fiji 17

Fiji look to attack around halfway, but it's a bit lateral.

Volavola chips, Williams takes, and Radradra comes in with a monstrous hit.

Fiji are pinged for going off their feet at the ruck, however, and Patchell gives Wales the lineout inside the Fiji 22.

70 min: CONVERSION PATCHELL Wales 29 Fiji 17                 

Easy as you like for Patchell. Fiji have been lethal with ball in hand, but surely more than 10 points in 10 minutes is too much for them against a side as strong as Wales?

69 min: TRY WILLIAMS Wales 27 Fiji 17                

Wales win lineout ball on halfway and drive a maul up to the Fiji 10-metre line.

Patchell kicks down to the Fiji five-metre line, but Tuisova sweeps up well, allowing Lomani to clear.

But only as far as Williams and Watkin. Moriarty supports, offloading to Davies, who finds himself in a two-on-one with Murimurivalu. He finds Williams perfectly who scores under the posts.

67 min: Wales 22 Fiji 17               

Tuisova breaks straight through a massive hole in the Wales defence, directly from the scrum.

He takes Fiji up to the Wales 22, but Volavola knocks on attempting a potentially scoring offload.

Wales clear, but Radradra counter-attacks. Fiji get back up to the Wales 22 following bursts from Murimurivalu and Waqaniburotu.

Volavola goes cross-field to Nakarawa, and he collects it! His offload can't find Tuisova though - if it had he would have scored.

Fiji are pinged for a tackle on the floor, and Wales will clear with ease.

64 min: Wales 22 Fiji 17              

Fiji come straight back, attempting to launch an attack from halfway, with Cavubati carrying straight through Owens.

Watkin knocks on as he attempts to intercept, however, so Fiji will have the scrum on halfway.

Following that try, Jonathan Davies has hobbled off - Wales will be hoping that's not too serious.

63 min: MISSED CON Patchell Wales 22 Fiji 17             

It was tough for Patchell but, regardless, Wales move five points clear.

With how Fiji have been attacking though, that might not be enough...

62 min: TRY ADAMS Wales 22 Fiji 17            

Stunning from Jonathan Davies.

Wales look to go wide from the lineout, following some good grunt work.

Davies burst clear on the outside with a huge fend, he backs himself to get there but is stopped metres short by Radradra.

He offloads superbly out the back to Adams, however, who dives over the covering defence - avoiding the touchline - to secure his hat-trick.

The TMO checked and it was all good.

60 min: Wales 17 Fiji 17           

Mata collects a Williams high ball and Fiji look to attack to the openside.

Francis puts a great covering tackle on Cavubati, before Murimurivalu is pinged for clearing out North from the side.

Patchell gives Wales a lineout just beyond the Fiji 10-metre line.

58 min: PENALTY Patchell Wales 17 Fiji 17          

A composed nudge from Patchell and we are level-pegging as we approach the game's final quarter.

58 min: Wales 14 Fiji 17         

Wales win the penalty after Matavesi is offside.

Kunatani put in another crunching hit on Ball, incidentally. He's having some match.

Patchell will kick at goal, 45 metres out, bang in front.

56 min: Wales 14 Fiji 17        

Biggar has had to leave the field, so Patchell is on.

Biggar left the field on his feet, however, so it doesn't look too serious despite the initial concerns.

The game will restart with a Wales scrum on halfway, wide right.

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56 min: Wales 14 Fiji 17       

Wales look to attack from halfway but the Fijian defence stays strong.

Williams finds space though, offloading wonderfully to Davies, but the Welsh scrum-half knocks on as he was in behind.

Volavola puts a high ball up with the scrum advantage and Williams and Biggar go up to collect it but - ouch!

Biggar has taken a very heavy knock, colliding with Williams, and Garces has stopped the game.

54 min: PENALTY TRY Wales 14 Fiji 17      

Fiji kick to the corner and their maul flies towards the line.

Wales drag it down a metre short, illegally, and Garces charges under the sticks.

Wales look rattled and Fiji are motoring! No conversion required.

54 min: YELLOW CARD James Davies Wales 14 Fiji 10     

Radradra has been phenomenal. He carries ferociously over the gain line, up to the Wales 22, and he his eventually stopped by Davies.

But the openside flanker doesn't roll away and Garces thinks it was serious and cynical enough to warrant a card. A massive moment.

Fiji kick to the corner...

52 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10    

Parkes is used as the first-phase crash dummy as Wales clear as far as Nayacalevu on halfway.

Fiji come back, and Radradra breaks the line again, but his offload goes straight to Navidi. 

Wales them catch the Fijian bug and try to counter themselves, but the pass to captain Jones, of all people, out wide is sloppy and he knocks on. Careless and needless.

This is a prime attacking scrum for Fiji now - well inside the Welsh half.

50 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10   

Fiji have come again!

They go wide from first phase and Murimurivalu breaks through, he links up with Nayacalevu who is stopped by North five metres short.

He tries to pop up to Radradra, who would have scored, but he can't find him.

We are going back anyway, as Murimurivalu's pass was forward. A let-off for Wales.

48 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10  

Fiji run a nice lineout move as Mata wraps round into the hooker channel to take Fiji to within 10 metres of the Wales line.

But James Davies works hard to turn the ball over at the breakdown and Biggar clears up to the 10-metre line.

Fiji will come again from the lineout.

45 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10 

Kunatani  goes from hero to villain, as he drops first-phase possession in midfield.

Wales have a scrum centre-field, after which Davies grubber kicks down to Fijian territory.

But Radradra and Nayacalevu come flying back, the former with a silky offload to the latter, and Fiji work back up to halfway.

They win a penalty, too, after captain Jones caught Mata high.

42 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10

Volavola bombs straight down Biggars throat, before Williams goes on a winding run.

Wales switch back to the openside, and they do have numbers, but James Davies is a little isolated. Kunatani gets over the ball, survives the attempted clearout of captain Jones, and wins a holding-on penalty.

Fiji lineout on the Wales 10-metre line to come.

Josh Adams' second try

On ruck clear-out cards

 ...and more stoppages

Our man in Oita

Half-time: Wales 14 Fiji 10           

A fascinating half of rugby.

Fiji came flying out the blocks, racing into a 10-0 lead thanks to a stunning solo effort from Tuisova, as well as a well-worked move for Murimurivalu's score.

But Wales did not panic. They stayed patient and punished some sloppy Fijian discipline. Wing Josh Adams scored both tries, wide on his left wing, that were both converted wonderfully by Dan Biggar.

We have had three yellow cards already and, if Fiji can keep a full complement of players, they will remain a handful.

39 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10          

Fiji put the pressure on at the scrum but Moriarty picks himself, and he breaks away!

He gets up to the halfway line before he's hauled down. Wales have acres of space to the right, but Parkes decides to go alone - that was a poor decision, and he knocks on.

Fiji clear, before Wales attempt to return with a counter, but Tuisova tackles Adams into touch. Fiji have the lineout just inside their own half.

Bodies everywhere, hamstrings being grasped. I think we all need half-time.

38 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10         

Fiji find Tuisova on his wing in some space, but Adams does much better with the tackle this time and chops him at source.

Volavola put a cross-field grubber in for Radradra, and the Fijian wing regathers deep into the Wales 22. Fiji get quick ball, shipping wide to the right quickly, Tuisova with a gorgeous offload.

Mata then breaks down the right. He gets to the line but he's pulled back for a massive forward pass, the scoring one, from Volavola.

Wales survive and will have the scrum.

35 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10        

Volavola looks to find Radradra with a blind inside ball, but James Davies reads it well, but he cannot control his interception. Fiji will scrum, centre of the field, on the Wales 22.

34 min: Wales 14 Fiji 10       

Fiji look to work the phases on halfway, before Francis and Jones are penalised at a ruck for being off their feet.

Volavola threads Fiji down into the Wales 22 and they will have a lineout.

Fiji are still a man down, so a try here would be a major boost.

32 min: CON BIGGAR Wales 14 Fiji 10      

Stunning strike from Biggar once again from wide left, and Wales now have the slightest bit of breathing space.

31 min: TRY ADAMS Wales 12 Fiji 10     

Wales unsurprisingly choose to scrum again, although Fiji's last scrum was "fantastic" according to referee Garces.

Wales run a strike move with Williams the recipient. Parkes picks up from the base and gets to within a metre short, before Wales turn to the forwards again.

Eventually, Wales go wide and Williams flings a lovely flat pass to Davies, who exploits a two-on-one to tip on to Adams in the left corner.

29 min: YELLOW CARD Kunatani Wales 7 Fiji 10     

A better scrum from Fiji but Davies goes blind to Adams again. The wing is stopped a metre short as Wales revert to picking-and-going.

Biggar eventually uses the backs, following some great Fijian defence which pushes Wales back 10 metres, but Kunatani was offside on the Fiji line and he goes to the bin.

The fourth penalty in a row in the 22.

27 min: Wales 7 Fiji 10    

Adams is (just about!) in touch.

We go back to the scrum penalty.

Credit: ITV

27 min: Wales 7 Fiji 10   

Wales win another penalty advantage from a scrum that motors towards the line.

Davies picks up, however, and whips a pass to Adams on the blindside. The Wales wing touches down, but it looks like he was in touch.

TMO decision pending...

26 min: Wales 7 Fiji 10  

Wales win a penalty from the lineout as Nakarawa comes round the side of the maul, and Wales choose to scrum.

Wales win a penalty from the scrum as Francis puts Ma'afu under serious pressure.

We scrum again.

24 min: Wales 7 Fiji 10 

Fiji spill the ball in midfield and Biggar hacks in to the Fiji 22 with J Davies chasing. No 8 Mata gets back superbly to clear, however, before Fiji look to attack, once again, from their 22.

Lomani eventually box-kicks, taken well by Williams but he's clattered by Radradra. He recycles well, however, before a Davies grubber deep into the 22 puts Volavola into all kinds of bother.

Wales pressure him well and will throw into the lineout on the Fiji five-metre line.

21 min: Wales 7 Fiji 10

Biggar takes a high ball from Volavola and neatly puts Williams into space. 

Quick hands from Wales set Adams away down the left - really smart from Owens, J Davies, and Parkes - but the final pass was forward so Fiji will put-in to a scrum on halfway with a narrow blindside.

19 min: CON BIGGAR Wales 7 Fiji 10        

A great strike from Biggar and Wales are now back in the game.

That yellow card for Fiji could be lethal.

18 min: TRY ADAMS Wales 5 Fiji 10       

Ball takes the lineout as Wales try to drive a maul into the Fiji 22.

Parkes takes a first-phase crash ball before Biggar looks to go wider through J Davies.

Jones takes Wales to within five metres, and then Biggar looks cross-field!

He goes with pinpoint accuracy and Adams collects to score wide left. Volavola attempted to challenge the high ball but got nowhere near it.

16 min: YELLOW CARD Cavubati Wales 0 Fiji 10       

We do not even get chance to play the lineout before the TMO comes in.

Cavubati is going to the bin for a shoulder charge during the clear-out that led to the holding-on penalty. Correct decision.

Two yellow cards in 16 minutes, both of which were deserved.

15 min: Wales 0 Fiji 10      

Wales look to counter after they turn Fijian ball over, before Mata absolutely crunches Parkes, who is on the end of a Davies hospital pass.

We are going back for a penalty for Wales, though, as Fiji were holding on.

Fiji's first try

Tuisova saying "good evening" to Josh Adams...

Can they do it again?

13 min: Wales 0 Fiji 10     

Wales attempt to launch a counter but Williams and Adams are not on the same wavelength, the ball flying into touch as they try to link up.

Fiji make a has of the lineout, though, so it will be a Wales scrum on halfway.

11 min: MISSED CONVERSION VOLAVOLA Wales 0 Fiji 10     

It's tough again for him, but he'll have to start getting these. Wales will come back, surely.

10 min: TRY MURIMURIVALU Wales 0 Fiji 10    

They'll never believe it in Suva!

Fiji start a maul from the lineout and, as soon as they go wide through a delicious Radradra miss-pass, it's ruthless from them. Murimurivalu crashes through Wales' attempted tackles to dot down out wide on the right.

A thumping start.

8 min: YELLOW CARD OWENS Wales 0 Fiji 5     

Owens is sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Mata in the build-up to Fiji's non-try.

Volavola kicks Fiji to within ten metres of the Wales line.

It's gone from bad to worse for Wales.

8 min: Wales 0 Fiji 5    

The TMO is checking a dodgy tackle from Ken Owens, here. He has tipped Mata and could be looking at ten minutes in the bin.

8 min: Wales 0 Fiji 5   

Liam Williams cannot collect his own box-kick on halfway and Fiji launch a scintillating counter!

Radradra links up with Mata, the former holding off the attention of North. He offloads inside to Lomani he goes on to score unopposed.

There was a massive forward pass though, and the TMO rules it out. That's two disallowed tries in the first seven minutes.

7 min: Wales 0 Fiji 5  

North picks  up a loose ball after Fiji try to run from deep after the restart. He offloads to Navidi who goes on to score, but there was a knock-on in the tackle by Wales earlier on so Fiji are saved.

Fiji, as expected, are looking to put on a show here.

What was Warren Gatland saying about high-risk, high-reward?


It was on the right touchline and it was tough for the Racing 92 fly-half.

4 min: TRY TUISOVA Wales 0 Fiji 5  

Wow. Josua Tuisova - the bus - with one of the best finishes you will see.

He blasts Adams out of the way and carries Biggar and Navidi over the line with him as he touches down, flirting with the touchline.

Welcome to the party, Wales.

3 min: Wales 0 Fiji 0 

Wales are penalised for offside, however, from their lineout clearance, and Fiji have a penalty on the Wales five-metre line.

They elect to scrum - they have a 100 per cent scrum win percentage on their own ball - and they look solid.

Lomani feeds Tuisova, and he blasts through Adams and carries Biggar over.

He dots down, but was he in touch? We are going upstairs...

2 min: Wales 0 Fiji 0

Great start from Moriarty from the kick-off, as he brushes aside an onrushing Fijian tackler.

Fiji launch an attack through Murimurivalu following Wales' clearance, before captain Waqaniburotu breaks through! He gets up to the 22 but Fiji cannot capitalise as they get pushed into touch and Wales clear.

Here we go...

The anthems are done, Fiji have finished their Cibi, and we are almost ready to go in Oita.

Warren Gatland speaks to ITV

We had a few days off after the Australia game as the guys were pretty sore and tired. We have had a good week and the boys have trained well and we're really excited for tonight.

[How do you stop Fiji?] Probably high-risk high-reward. We have to stop their offloading game - they've got some serious threats. They are a team that - when things are going well - gets excited and we have to be able to contain them.

We think we are in pretty good shape fitness-wise, so hopefully that leads to a good performance.

Warren Gatland is wary of Fiji's attacking threat Credit: AP

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The most memorable meeting between these two...

These two sides have met on 11 different occasions, with Wales winning the first meeting in 1985. 

Since then, Wales have only lost once, in one of the most remarkable matches in Rugby World Cup history. Spearheaded by the irrepressible Akapusi Qera and Vilimoni Delasau (below), Fiji knocked Wales out of the 2007 Rugby World Cup to qualify for the quarter-finals for only the second time.

Tries from Qera, Delasau, Graham Dewes and Kele Leawere led to Fijian 15-a-side rugby's most famous day, in Nantes.

A draw at the Millenium Stadium in 2010 is the only other occasion in which Wales have not come out as victors.


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Team news

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named a strong side, making only two changes to the starting team that beat Australia.  James Davies and Ross Moriarty both start in the back row, in place of Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright, who are both rested.

Wales starting XV: L Williams; North, J 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's John McKee has made one change to the team that beat Georgia 45-10. In their final match of the tournament, Edinburgh number eight Viliame Mata replaces Clermont Auvergne's Peceli Yato, who drops to the bench.

Fiji starting XV: 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.

Good morning all!

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of Wales' penultimate Pool D match, against the dangerous Fijians in Oita.

Wales will secure a spot in the quarter-finals today with a win, but they will obviously be hoping for more than that - two wins in their remaining to matches (they face Uruguay on Sunday) will guarantee them top spot in the pool.

If Georgia beat Australia in both teams' final pool match, however, Wales will only need to win one of their two remaining matches to top the pool. Fiji can still qualify for the knockouts mathematically, but they need several results to unexpectedly go their way. A win - maybe even a losing bonus point - would secure third place in the pool.

Wales are on a roll, too. They stormed out the blocks against a strong Australia side last week, and had no problems against the bellicose Georgians in the first week. Fiji have had a mixed bag. They were unlucky to come out on the losing side in their opening match against Australia, and were very impressive in their win over Georgia last week, but inconsistency is their Achilles Heel; the disappointing loss to Uruguay still hangs over their campaign like a cloud.

This morning's match does have a high level of intrigue attached to it. It is seen by many as a clash of styles: the Harlem Globetrotting Fijians, against the solidity and organisation of Warren Gatland's Wales.

Expect Fiji, spearheaded by the oft-miraculous Josua Tuisova and Semi Radradra, to really chuck the ball about - they have absolutely nothing to lose and will be looking to entertain. How patient Wales can be in the face of any Fijian onslaught will be the most telling factor: will they be able to stick their guns, playing sensible, organised rugby; or will they be foolishly drawn into running the ball from everywhere as the match opens up?

There are no typhoon worries for this one, kick-off is around 90 minutes away, and we are set for a cracker.

Wales' dressing room ready for action Credit: GETTY IMAGES