WALES has secured a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals with an impressive 40-6 victory over Australia in Lyon. They now lead Pool C and are guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds. Warren Gatland’s team is currently one of the top two in their group.
Australia, on the other hand, is on the edge of elimination and must beat Portugal in their next match to stay in the competition. Fiji, with an extra game to play, is also in the mix, facing Georgia and Portugal, which adds excitement to the playoff race.
Wales still has one more pool stage match against Georgia on October 7, and winning this game is crucial to maintain their position at the top of the table.
If Wales remains at the top of Pool C, they will face the second-place team from Pool D in the quarter-finals. Pool D includes strong teams like England, Argentina, Japan, Samoa, and Chile. England seems to be dominating the group, having won convincingly against Chile. Meanwhile, Chile is facing elimination, having lost all three of their tournament matches.
Samoa and Japan are currently tied with five points each, having played two matches in the pool. Argentina is just one point behind, having won a hard-fought match against the Pacific team. The race for the second spot is open, but Argentina has the advantage and is expected to win against Japan and Chile.
However, if Wales loses to Georgia in their final pool match and drops to second place behind Fiji, they will likely face England in the quarter-finals. This would set the stage for an intense showdown in Marseilles on Sunday, October 15.