Biggar happy to ride luck into semi-finals and beyond

The fly-half is not the least bit bothered how Wales got there, only that they did. Now Warren Gatland's indefatigable team are quietly going about their business preparing for South Africa.

TOKYO, 22 Oct - He admits Wales were lucky to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Dan Biggar does not care how they got there, only that they are now two games away from a moment that would change their lives.

The fly-half's conversion of a Ross Moriarty try with four minutes left clinched an incredible 20-19 comeback win against France, Wales having trailed by nine points at the break.

"Relieved is probably the right word, and one that has been chucked around the changing room," said Biggar, pictured above against France.

"If we are calling a spade a spade, we were pretty terrible in the first 40 minutes. We have to count ourselves a bit lucky, but if you want my honest opinion, I couldn't care less.

"We are in a World Cup semi-final. We have two games to potentially change the rest of our lives.

"A lot of teams would not have the character and desire to find a way to win as we did against France. That's what's important.

"You get no points for style, no bonus points at this stage of the tournament. It's about scoring more points than the opposition, and that's something we did, just about.

"There probably isn't a formula. What you have got is a group of guys desperate to achieve and who are prepared to dig deep.

"We've trained incredibly hard for moments like this. The coaches know they are lucky they have a squad of players here who will dig as deep as anyone in the tournament.

"We are very relieved but also happy. We don't do that very well in Wales."

Biggar admits Sebastien Vahaamahina's red card in the 48th minute, after the France second-row deliberately elbowed Aaron Wainwright in the face, was a turning point on Sunday.

But he knows the desire to give head coach Warren Gatland a dream send-off still burns, even if no one is talking about that.

"We don't want to get caught up in it being Gats' last two weeks, or week, or whatever. He'd be big enough to say that it's about making sure everything is right for us going on to the field.

"When you get to a semi-final you probably think that, on your day, any one of four teams can win it then.

"Looking at the quality of the rugby in the other quarter-finals, we were certainly below that, but what we have in abundance and as much as anybody is a desire and the fight not to give in.

"Ultimately, we'd take the same performance if we come on the right side of the scoreboard. It's all about winning rugby games now. If we win two games in two weeks it will be a good couple of weeks.

"We are going to have to be a lot better against South Africa - there's no getting away from that - and that will be the general theme of the week.

"The All Blacks, in particular, were pretty exceptional. But we are happy to keep under the radar and go about our work quite quietly, and go from there.

"The motivation is there for the team and individuals. We are 80 minutes from getting into the World Cup final."

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