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Wales 32 Fiji 26

Wales’s victory over Fiji was the best World Cup game so far.

I had watched South Africa beat Scotland but I find the Boks to be a boring bunch of behemoths. Scotland play attractively but are over-reliant on the mercurial Finn Russell and frankly it was a pea-shooter against a Panzer tank.

It was the sort of game that had me checking my mobile phone for messages.

Wales’s game was a different bowl of leeks altogether.

Fiji have always played their  rugby with verve – attacking from all over the pitch.  This was no exception.  The match had a marvellous ebb and flow and, even when Fiji got to within 6 points of Wales, they might have overhauled them had Radradra not dropped the ball.

One feature of the World Cup so far is the inconsistency of decisions.

There have been some challenges as bad as Tom Curry’s which did not attract a yellow card, let alone a red one.

As ever Sir Clive Woodward – who might in his next life be an Elder of the Church of Scotland – ruled that the yellow card upgraded to a red was unjustified.

The flow of the game is disrupted as it takes nearly four minutes to reach a decision and, although it led to a heroic victory of 14 over 15, had it been against one of the Big Four the penalised side may well not recover.

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About Sandra McDonnell

As an Englishwoman married to a Scot, Sandra experiences some tension at home during Six Nations tournaments. Her enthusiasm for rugby was acquired through early visits to Fylde club matches with her father and her proud boast is that she has missed only two England home games at Twickenham since 1995. Sandra has three grown-up children, none of whom follow rugby. More Posts