Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies played a record-breaking role in Wales’ stunning Rugby World Cup victory over the Wallabies in Lyon.
The British & Irish Lion latched onto an inside pass from skipper Jac Morgan in the opening minutes to race over for his eighth World Cup try and set Wales on their way to a record 40-6 triumph over the green and gold.
The score saw Davies become the highest scoring scrum-half in World Cup history, a remarkable achievement by the West Walian.
Davies delivered one of his finest matches for his country, constantly harassing the Aussies with his line speed in defence. He also kicked intelligently, including a 50:22 in the second half, and produced a trademark interception before making way for Tomos Williams on the hour mark.
Hooker Ryan Elias was also at the heart of Wales’ dominant display. His throwing-in was superb, while he carried aggressively in the tight and was part of a strong scrummaging performance from the Welsh eight
The win has now secured Wales’ place in the quarter-finals of the tournament with one pool match to play, against Georgia in Nantes on Saturday, October 7.
It proved a tough afternoon for our Scarlets’ Tongan duo Sam Lousi and Vaea Fifita in Nice.
The Pacific Islanders went down to a 45-17 defeat to Scotland, with Fifita sent from the field late on for a dangerous challenge, a yellow card that was later upgraded to red via the TMO bunker system.