It triggered a revolution of sorts under Warren Gatland, with the Welsh game as strong as ever.
Now, after victory over Australia, Gatland is looking to lead Wales to glory in Japan and will utilise this game against Fiji to ensure his side enter the knockout phase of the competition in prime condition. Follow all the action live.
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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.
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! 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
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!
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.
Perfect strike from 45 metres from Rhys Patchell, and we are tied in Oita.
Wales 17-17 Fiji
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Stutter-step and on the accelerator Semi Radradra slams his foot, a huge right foot step to make the half-break with James Davies somehow able to grab hold of his jersey, and Josh Navidi doing sterling work to step in the path of the offload and prevent Viliame Mata charging away.
Alun Wyn Jones knocks on. Fiji putting real pressure on Wales.
All for nought – there is a forward pass in the build-up!
NO TRY! A real shame. Radradra and Waisea have swapped positions to get Radradra into the game more in the 13 channel and he created space for Kini Murimurivalu, but the full-back’s pass to Waisea has drifted forward, and we won’t even look at the tackle on Radradra, which did look to be early.
Brilliant play from Fiji, and Semi Radradra is nearly over, but knocks on trying to gather close to the line.
Hold on – Karl Dickson the assistant thinks there might be an early tackle on Radradra as he tries to take the offload from Waisea Nayacalevu.
Somehow the ball is smuggled back Wales’ way at a ruck as a couple of Fijian forwards are held down at the previous breakdown, and Dan Biggar clears well.
Strong work from James Davies to win that one in a mess of bodies.
Ben Volavola kicks into the Welsh 22. Another strong start to the half for the Fijians.
Finally the movement is ended by a poor attacking kick from Kini Murimurivalu. Alun Wyn Jones caught Viliame Mata high.
Fiji play a lineout quickly from inside their own 22, and have six players spread across the field. Semi Radradra gases Hadleigh Parkes on the outside and releases the most delightful of offloads for Waisea Nayacalevu, who keeps trundling on.
Fiji play on with penalty advantage.
It is Kunatani on the inside run from Ben Volavola’s pass as Fiji try a move from the lineout, but Josh Navidi is quick to snatch the ball from the flanker as he just juggles going into contact. wales can’t profit, but will have the scrum for Kunatani’s knock-on.
Semi Radradra burns George North with a in-to-out swerve, but can’t quite free up Waisea Nayacalevu on the left, who is well stopped.
Wales counter after Ben Volavola kicks long, with Liam Williams’ weave nearly beating the Fijian defence, but when they pass the ball out to the opposite side Semi Kunatani jackals superbly to win the penalty.
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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.”