The upset that could have been.
The only thing Clear and obvious about this match was the fact that Ben Skeen was the TMO
Wales as current pool leaders, were always expected to win this Pool D clash, but Fiji had a point to prove, knowing victory would keep their theoretical finals hopes alive.
In a match which would include 4 yellow cards (2 to each team) anything was possible.
Wales took a narrow lead into halftime 14-10. And Fiji looked the far more dangerous team.
Dan Biggar took a big hit from his own player and left the field with 25 minutes to go in the match. He is likely to miss the next game at least. Hopefully their game plan is Biggar and better to cope without him!
Even though the final score would read 29-17 in favour of Wales, the game would be remembered for the consistent interjection of the TMO.
On more than one occasion, Ben Skeen answered questions the Referee was not asking, ruling on forward passes when the referee enquired about foul play.
Whilst correct most of the time, they were far from Clear and Obvious; the metric used by most other match officials this World Cup.
Had the referee been left to his own devices on those minor (and sometimes non) infringements, perhaps the victor would be difference.
Perhaps not, but we’ll never know…
Final Score: Wales 29 – Fiji 17