Wales go into their final Pool D game against Fiji on Sunday knowing anything less than a win could see them fall at the first hurdle at the World Cup.
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Having suffered an agonisingly close defeat at the hands of South Africa in their opening game of the tournament, Warren Gatland’s side have been walking a tightrope ever since, knowing that another loss would see their hopes of making the quarter finals go up in smoke.
Now with a crucial victory over Samoa under their belts and having put 12 tries past Namibia on their way to a record 81-7 win, Wales must pick up maximum points and a bonus point to remove any doubt over their qualification.
They sit level on 10 points with Samoa, who go up against group leaders South Africa in their final game on Friday, meaning the Pacific Islanders can lay down the gauntlet for Wales if they can overcome the Springboks and claim a bonus point.
The last time these two sides met it ended in a thrilling draw, with an 82nd minute penalty from Seremaia Baikeinuku ensuring the game ended 16-16, while Fiji will have fond memories of playing Wales at the World Cup having upset the odds back in 2007, claiming a shock 38-34 win to dump Wales out of the tournament at the group stages.
Gatland has admitted that he faces a selection dilemma for the game after so many of his players put forward a convincing case against Namibia.
The impressive Scott Williams, who claimed a hat-trick in that game, is pushing for a starting spot in the midfield but has a huge task on his hands to dislodge established duo Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies, while Lee Byrne, playing in his first game of the tournament, claimed two tries to push forward his case for starting at full-back.
The return of Gethin Jenkins will give Wales a huge boost ahead of the crucial clash, with the forward finally shaken off the Calf Injury that made him a doubt for the entire tournament.
As one of a handful of World Class players in the Welsh ranks, the prop announced his return with a stunning try against Namibia, and is likely to start on Monday.