Shaun Edwards (Gallo)
Cardiff - Wales heroics against England
were quickly consigned to yesterday's news by assistant coach Shaun Edwards as
they swiftly turned their attention to avoiding a slip up against Fiji on
"Obviously we've put ourselves in a
good position but the job's only half done. We're fully aware of that,"
Edwards said, drawing a line under the momentous 28-25 victory.
Throughout the principality, ecstatic fans
continued to celebrate the day after Dan Biggar's 23 points with the boot and a
Gareth Davies try shocked the World Cup hosts.
But for Edwards and the Welsh squad there
was only a quick celebration on the bus ride from London back to Cardiff
immediately after the game before switching on again to a World Cup that has
five weeks to run.
Wales now have two wins from two games but
are not assured of being one of the two sides to qualify from the tough Pool A.
Australia are also unbeaten after two
matches, but still have England (one from two) and Wales to play, while winless
Fiji have shown the potential to be spoilers in a pool that may eventually be
decided on bonus points.
"If we don't get the job done on
Thursday against Fiji, or even if we do get the job done we're still not
definitely through," Edwards said.
"We're very aware of the fact we
didn't go into this competition after the bitterness from 2011 just to beat
England. We came to go as far as we can."
Wales remain haunted by the outcome of
their campaign in the last World Cup which ended with a 9-8 loss to France in
the semi-finals when they played 60 minutes with 14 men after skipper Sam
Warburton was red-carded.
It was Wales second visit to the
semi-finals after 1987, when they were beaten by New Zealand, but they have
never made the final.
This latest campaign was rocked by injuries
before the tournament started and three more players - Liam Williams, Hallam
Amos and Scott Williams - were seriously injured in the England clash.
But despite the short five-day break before
the Fiji game, Edwards said the need to bank crucial points in the so-called
'pool of death' meant they could not rest star players.
"When you get some momentum you want
to keep that momentum going," he said.
"We do have quite a long turnaround
after the Fiji game to Australia so the boys will get rested up next week. So
we'll be putting a pretty strong team out against Fiji.
"I've been incredibly impressed by
Fiji. Against Australia they conceded three tries and two of them were from
mauls so they went 80 minutes and conceded only one open-field try against an
Australian team who were fully loaded with all their best players. "Another thing that impressed me
massively was Fiji when they played England was the scrum. They scrummed very,
very well and we're fully aware we've got our hands full on Thursday.