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Lloyd Williams and Gareth Davies revel in re-enacting key score against England

Published 12/10/2015

Gareth Davies collected a brilliant pick-up before touching down under the posts against England
Gareth Davies collected a brilliant pick-up before touching down under the posts against England

Wales scrum-halves Lloyd Williams and Gareth Davies have gleefully re-enacted the try that helped nudge England to the brink of their World Cup abyss.

Four minutes after coming on as a replacement wing and with Warren Gatland's men trailing 25-18 at Twickenham, Williams played an inspired role in one of the most famous tries in the nation's history.

The 25-year-old took Jamie Roberts' pass, raced down the touchline before producing a left-foot kick infield for Davies to collect with a brilliant pick-up before touching down under the posts.

Dan Biggar converted and then landed a penalty as Wales completed a last-gasp 28-25 triumph that helped knock England out of their own World Cup.

Williams and Davies have since treated the squad - who are preparing for Saturday's quarter-final against South Africa - to re-runs of a famous try.

"It's been mainly the wingers in the squad asking me about the cross kick, asking why I did it. It was the first thing that came to my head. My instinct kicked in," Williams said.

"I've watched it back a few times and me and Gareth Davies re-enacted it in training, it was funny. We're hanging on to it a bit - he managed to pick it up again and dive on it.

"Beating England was a key victory for us just to reinforce our confidence. We all believed we could have won the game, but we had slipped behind.

"It was not something to think about at the time, but looking back it shows we have big character in the squad."

Williams has made two appearances at the World Cup but has yet to figure at scrum-half - the position he was selected to cover - as Wales contend with an injury crisis of staggering proportions.

"I'll play wing if they want me to play wing and I haven't played scrum-half yet in this competition," Williams said.

"I came on the wing against Uruguay and then did the same against England. It's frustrating not to play nine, but I will play any position for my country.

"I haven't been training on the wing but I have a look at things when the wingers have meetings now because I don't want to go on like I did against Uruguay and not know my role.

"The most difficult part of being a wing is the defence - it's completely different. In attack I'd be fine, but it's tough defensively."

Wales' latest casualty is full-back Liam Williams, who has been ruled out of the tournament by a foot injury sustained during Saturday's defeat by Australia.

He is the ninth Welsh back to endure this fate and a decision has yet to be made on his replacement. Prop Gethin Jenkins and flanker Dan Lydiate are available to face South Africa, however.

"I've never known anything like the injury situation. I've spoken to the team doctor and he said he's never come across it either," Williams said.

"They are all different injuries as well so it's not a common trend. That's rugby and it's just bad luck. We've shown the strength in depth in the squad, though."

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