Wales: Shaun Edwards expects Rugby World Cup semi-final spot


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By Gareth Griffiths
BBC Sport Wales in Otsu
Defence trainer Shaun Edwards says he will beincredibly disappointed if Wales dont emulate their 2011 World Cup semi-final location.
Four days 20, after hammering Australia and Georgia Wales confront Fiji on 9.
Wins in these two group games and a success against the Pool C runners-up will require Wales into some semi-final – Edwards minimum target.
If we dont win our next three, then Ill be unbelievably disappointed, he said.
Should you win your next three, then you are in the semi-finals and were right back to where we were at 2011.
Wales will clinch quarter-final qualification should they conquer Fiji in Oita next Wednesday, while Argentina, England and France are currently contesting Pool C.
It will be the final group match in a tournament where they have run Australia near of Fiji, suffered a shock loss to Uruguay and attested that their threats with an emphatic win over Georgia on Thursday.
Edwards was especially impressed by that functionality.
Theyre exceptional, he said. The very first stage goes, they look exceptionally well organized and well coached.
Everybody knows in their X-factor which Fiji teams have always had, but now they also have great organisation.
Some of the trick plays around line-outs and newcomer plays from scrums, together with the athletes that they have, are extremely difficult to shield against.
They are one of the teams that you dont need to split structure too much against.
Were under no illusions about what theyll bring. Their set-piece is extremely good also. I thought their scrum in the match against Georgia was exceptional.
Edwards states Wales hope to possess fly-half Dan Biggar available after he failed a head injury assessment having left the field against Australia.
Hes back in practice, supported Edwards.
He is tough as old boots and also an amazing player and it would need to be a critical harm to keep him off the practice pitch
Biggar was replaced by Rhys Patchell who produced a written 14-point kicking performance from the 29-25 success.
Edwards was impressed by patchell defensively using all the Scarlets.
The Wallabies rear was nominated to get a forearm in the surface of tackler Patchell, a decision Australia captain Michael Hooper contested with French referee Romain Poite.
Hooper explained the method poor of Patchell, but Edwards stated the Wales player was asked to adapt.
Rhys did exactly what we asked . said Edwards.
We asked him to handle higher than that which he has been handling, to go in and make the crash and he did that.
This [remark ] is around Michael Hooper. Hes entitled to his opinion as is everyone else in the world.
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