Rugby World Cup: All roads lead to Marseille
It iscomprehend what we witnessed in Lyon.
As one stunned Wales supporter left the stadium, he said, “Forty points. Against Australia. Forty points. I can’t believe it.”
A serene Sunday evening at the OL Stadium will never be forgotten by the thousands of Welsh fans who watched Wales thrash the Wallabies.
Eddie Jones’ side is on the brink of elimination after cruising into the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with a 40-6 victory over Australia to make it three consecutive victories in Pool C.
It might have been a bit of both – but the end result was the same. Nobody really predicted it.
Wales felt they weren’t rewarded enough for their first bonus-point win against Fiji in Bordeaux. For what they accomplished in Lyon, they deserve praise.
On a memorable weekend, the Welsh supporters painted the French city red, and Warren Gatland’s side went on a lap of honour to celebrate with them. Fans flocked to Lyon like they would to Cardiff on match days.
After defeating Georgia on October 7, Gatland’s team will face Argentina in Marseille seven days later in the quarter-finals.
Wales became the first country to claim a knockout place in France, a remarkable achievement.
Wales qualified for the World Cup quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive time under head coach Gatland. As a result of where Wales have come from in the New Zealander’s second spell, this is perhaps his most impressive achievement.