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Wales flatten Fiji to progress

Wales cruised into the World Cup quarter-finals after flooring Fiji in emphatic fashion with a 66-0 win at a rainswept Waikato Stadium.

In doing so, they avenged their 2007 World Cup elimination defeat against the South Sea Islanders in Nantes and booked a last-eight appointment with Six Nations rivals Ireland next Saturday.

Wales only needed a point from the game to secure their passage into the knockout phase as Pool D runners-up behind world champions South Africa.

And a ruthless first-half display meant they clinched it before the break through tries from centres Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams, wing George North and skipper Sam Warburton.

Roberts, substitute hooker Lloyd Burns, wing Leigh Halfpenny, scrum-half Lloyd Williams and replacement centre Jonathan Davies added touchdowns after the break, while fly-half Rhys Priestland booted 13 points and his replacement Stephen Jones kicked the extras for four tries.

It meant Wales eased past their previous best winning margin of 44 points against Fiji nine years ago.

And they also appeared to get through the game relatively injury-free, although Roberts seemed to be concerned about his shoulder when he went off 16 minutes from time and prop Gethin Jenkins departed with a slight limp.

Fiji, having seen their World Cup campaign unravel through comprehensive defeats against South Africa and Samoa, could not cope with Wales' organisation and ruthless finishing ability.

And Wales will move into the knockout phase having amassed 23 tries from four starts, quietly confident they can continue building towards what could be their best World Cup since the inaugural tournament 24 years ago.


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