Wales and France make it 3 out of 3
Wales edged past Fiji while France endured uncomfortable moments in their win over Canada yesterday.
LONDON - A tired Wales edged past Fiji while France endured some uncomfortable moments in their win over Canada on Thursday, as both sides made it three wins out of three in the Rugby World Cup.
Despite a crippling casualty list and being drawn in the toughest pool in the history of the tournament, Wales backed up their win over England on Saturday with a 23-13 defeat of Fiji in a breathless Pool A clash.
France, meanwhile, scored two late tries to secure a bonus- point 41-18 win over a spirited Canada in Pool D, in what was a much tighter match than the score line suggests but which puts the French on the brink of the quarter-finals.
The Welsh win means that England must beat Australia on Saturday or they will become the first main host nation not to make the group stage.
However, an English win could mean that bonus points could decide the outcome. If that is the case, Wales may rue having squandered a couple more try-scoring chances against Fiji that may have earned them extras.
Speaking after Thursday's match, an exhausted Wales captain Sam Warburton said that was not a major issue. "It is disrespectful to Fiji to talk about a bonus point," he said.
France had to wait until late in the game to snatch a try-scoring bonus point against a Canadian side who were never afraid to counter-attack at pace or spin the ball wide and stood toe to toe in the physical exchanges.
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