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In a much-anticipated World Cup clash in Nice, Wales managed to secure a bonus-point victory over Portugal, though it wasn’t without its struggles.
The first half saw Portugal impress with their attacking prowess, yet they found themselves trailing 14-3 at the break due to Wales’ tries by Louis Rees-Zammit and captain Dewi Lake.
A late inclusion, Jac Morgan, made an impact with a try for Wales, while Portugal’s Nicolas Martins countered with a try of his own. Taulupe Faletau sealed the bonus point for Wales with a late fourth try.
The match took an intense turn when Portugal’s Vincent Pinto received a late red card for a reckless high boot, leaving his team with 14 players. While Wales didn’t deliver their best performance, credit was given to Portugal for their daring attacking approach.
In contrast to their historical encounter in 1994, where Wales triumphed 102-11, this match was far more competitive. Despite a significant gap in World Rugby rankings, Portugal’s semi-professional squad showcased their determination.
Wales underwent extensive changes to their lineup, with only a few remaining from their previous victory over Fiji. The game highlighted both the inexperience and adaptability of the new-look Welsh side. The win secured valuable points for Wales, as they closely monitor the outcome of other Pool C matches.
Pool C | Wales 28:8 Portugal
TRIES Louis Rees-Zammit (9′), Dewi Lake (43′), Jac Morgan (56′), Taulupe Faletau (83′)
CONV Leigh Halfpenny (10′, 44′, 57′), Sam Costelow (83′)
TRIES Nicolas Martins (63′)
PENS Samuel Marques (37′)
Stade de Nice, Nice
Man of the match:
Jac Morgan (Wales)
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