TOKYO, 9 Oct - Josh Adams’s hat-trick try for Wales had a rather Fijian flavour, featuring a blind offload and a despairing dive for the corner. It put Wales back in the lead, and this time they would not relinquish it.
Wales start the move by driving their way forward in the maul. That ties in the Fijian defenders and gives Wales an immediate overlap. Wales added to that overlap with a midfield crash ball to Hadleigh Parkes.
They have already sucked the Fijian forwards into one place; they want to prevent them from spreading around the breakdown.
You might think Wales should just strike once they have the overlap but they do not need to. Modern defences are good enough to drift, even when they have large overlaps to defend. Wales want to make sure that when they do strike, a try will be their reward.
Parkes gets over the gain line. This makes it even harder for the Fijian defenders to get around the breakdown because they have to run back to the new gain line and then around.
Wales also recycle the ball quickly, and with nobody committed to the breakdown. Rather than send in three or four and lose their overlap, Wales have just Gareth Davies in to pass the ball away. They have built the opportunity to go for it. They have a six-on-four overlap with holes in the defensive line. That all leads to the clip below.
The pass from Gareth Davies is not perfect. It forces Rhys Patchell to dip and grab the ball almost on the ground. That benefits Wales because it draws Ben Volavola out of the defensive line and towards Patchell.
He thinks he may be able to benefit from the knock-on or tackle Patchell when he still has the ball. That creates the hole for Jonathan Davies. Josua Tuisova does not know whether to drift on to Liam Williams or stay and tackle Jonathan Davies. If Volavola stayed in the line then the Fijian defenders could just drift onto the next attacker.
Davies makes the break and hands off Volavola, below, once he is through the line. He has support runners on either side: Gareth Davies on the inside, Josh Adams and Liam Williams on the outside.
Davies thinks he can get all the way to the line but Player of the Match Semi Radradra gets across to cut that down. In his pursuit of the line, Davies has drifted across the pitch and cut down almost all of Adams’s space.
The centre offloads out of the back of his hand but Adams still needs to do something amazing. Tripping over Davies and Radradra, he ignores full-back Kini Murimurivalu's last-ditch tackle and touches down in the corner.
The try gave Wales the lead and Fiji are not able to fight back.
The scoreline belied the tense contest. It was a thrilling match that ended with a Welsh victory with a whiff of the Pacific to it.