Wales vs Fiji Rugby World Cup pool game stat attack!
The resident stats ace, Rhodri Jeremiah of sky Sports Rugby, takes a look at each of the stats out of Wales thrilling 29-17 Rugby World Cup win over Fiji.
They think of Nantes in 2007 if their countrymen dropped 38-34 at the pool stages of this World Cup at Stade de la Beaujoire when Welsh fans hear the word Fiji.
Eight minutes later Warren Gatlands side were 10-0 back and it seemed like deja vu. But theres a difference with this Wales side in comparison to 2007. They know how to triumph, albeit awful.
Everyone enjoys seeing Fiji play not against the country they are currently supporting. They and such an exciting brand of rugby perform – and they always seem threatening with ball in handfrom inside their own 22.
In attack, Fiji made 117 carries and 465 yards, beating at 32 defenders along the way. Wales, as compared, made fewer conveys (83), fewer yards (384) and beat fewer defenders (19).
Fiji flyer Semi Radradra was named player of the game, despite being on the losing side – an extremely unusual occurrence nowadays. However, the performance of Radradra was so special, that not Wales hat-trick hero Josh Adams made the quality.
Radradra, that plies his trade with Bordeaux-Begles in the Best 14, made the most carries (18), next most lawns (124) and conquer seven defenders. He was participant of the game in Fiji pool clash against Georgia. In that game, he also scored two tries, created five breaks and ran for 177 metres. He really is a joy to watch.
Fiji offload at will and Leone Nakarawas basketball-style offload in the lead-up into the opening attempt was a collectors item. Even the second-row offloaded three times in the match – the most by any player in this game.
Since that defeat in Nantes in 2007, Wales have not dropped to Fiji. Theyve faced each other on four events, Wednesday, ignoring, and also have won three and drawn one. Normality was being restored when Adams crossed over for his first try after 17 minutes. Wales were starting to take control and to quote Warren Gatlands famous expression, his team haveforgotten the way to shed.
Jonathan Davies dan Biggar and Liam Williams were all standout performers on Wednesday. These are leaders – they understand that if the going gets rough , they revert to type and perform what they do. Biggar had a game with the boot, not only but additionally with ball in hand. Some may say the result could have been different when Fiji 10 Ben Volavola had had the kicking boots of Biggar , as he missed his kicks both off the tee shirt.
Davies and Adams worked in tandem for the crucial third try which set Wales on track for success – Davies along with his trademark hand-off and a super offload for Adams to finish in the corner.
Williams had a good match in the 15 top making the second most carries (14), most lawns (141) and scoring the most bonus-point clinching try.
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards would not have been pleased. He was left 126 tackles but because of by them they overlooked 32.
This isnt the first time Wales have missed 30 tackles in games that are recent. Against Australia, they missed 31, and they missed the number in the very first World Cup warm-up fixture against England. From the Six Nations , 36 was also missed by them from Scotland. That is a trend for almost any Welsh fan and one which needs rectifying when they are to progress in the contest.
Wales and Uruguay on Sunday in their final pool fixture play with, and then they will be facing France in the Sunday week in Oita when that outcome goes their way.
All of Wales will be hoping there is not a repeat of that launching 40 in Paris down. If that occurs, it will be a case of deja vu.
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