Injury concerns for Wales after tough struggle to overcome Fiji

Injury concerns for Wales after tough struggle to overcome Fiji

Wales have defeated Fiji 29-17 in a tough match in Oita on Wednesday and will finish in top spot in Pool D if they don’t get tripped up by lowly Uruguay on Sunday.

Having said that, the South American side beat Fiji in the RWC's first round of matches and thereby virtually cancelled the Islanders’ play-off hopes in their first-round clash.

However, even considering the poor Wales display on Wednesday such an Uruguay victory seems highly unlikely. Even a possible cancellation of the match due to the typhoon will give Wales two points and that will be enough to keep them ahead of Australia by virtue of winning their direct clash.

That would then see Wales face the losers of the England/France match in the last eight

However much it will make Wale reflect on the game after they were beaten in terms of possession (40-60%) and territory (43-57%), the focus of their concern will be on the injuries they sustained.

Flyhalf Dan Biggar, as he did against Australia, had to leave the field with a bump to the head after a collision with teammate Liam Williams. After failing the HIA against the Wallabies, there will inevitably be concern in the Wales camp about his fitness and passing the concussion protocols before the play-off in ten days’ time.

Centre Jonathan Davies left the field after a knock to his knee in setting up the third of Josh Adams’ hat-trick tries that brought Wales their crucial bonus point – and Adams, who received a dead leg, ultimately had a day to remember with the three that he scored after letting the big Fijians in for their first two tries with his poor tackling on the left wing.

Wales had to rely on their superior scrum to get this result after Fiji dominated play in both the first and third quarters. Their coach Warren Gatland has some thinking ahead, but right now will take the hard-fought and slightly unconvincing win after Fiji had squandered three tries through forward passes.