Comply with Mail Sport’s reside weblog as Wales tackle Argentina within the first of the 4 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with Jac Morgan set to captain Warren Gatland’s facet.

Wainwright is impressing at No 8

I have been very impressed with Wainwright to date. The again row has are available in to the facet to take the place of Taulupe Faletau right this moment and he has not disenchanted.

His energy by way of the deal with is immens and has damaged by way of the Argentina line on a number of events already.

In the meantime Wales win a penalty simply off the 15 metre line right here after some poor self-discipline on the ruck from Argentina – Cheika might be disenchanted with that.

Dan Biggar slots over the objective kick to maintain the scores ticking over.

Appears like Dan Biggar could be injured now too!

It is a dream return from harm for the Welsh No 10, who crossed the road early to provide Wales a 7-0 lead.

However he appears like he could be injured right here – he gave the impression to be in some discomfort hobbling behind a scrum and that might be a fear for Wales who’re additionally with out Gareth Anscombe right this moment too.

Appears prefer it might be a stinger and he is simply had some therapy on the sector however appears okay to proceed.

Referee Jaco Peyper leaves the sector

This does not look good for the South African referee.

It appeared like he pulled up with a groin harm there making an attempt to comply with Biggar in for his strive.

It looks as if he might have injured his groin and Karl Dickson will now come on to switch him.

In the meantime, Argentina get play again underway

TRY – WALES 7-0 Argentina

Biggar crosses over underneath the posts for Wales. It is an amazing backs transfer with North breaking the road to dump from the deck earlier than Davies attracts a person and performs the ball to the fly-half, who kicks the conversion!

Royalty in the home!

Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (CR) guides his son Prince George (CL) during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between Wales and Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, south-eastern France, on October 14, 2023. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

A quick begin right here in Marseille

It has been an motion packed opening ten minutes right here, either side have proven some briliance with the ball in hand.

Argentina look superb with the ball in hand too, however Wales are taking many of the territory. There was loads of kicking although, with Argentina trying to get the the ball in behind the Wales line of defense.

For Wales, it appears they’re simply missing a ultimate little bit of high quality, Morgan and Davies linked up beautifully with some glorious offloading play however Davies cannot fairly hold on to the ball!

This is some motion photographs from the primary ten minutes…

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Louis Rees-Zammit of Wales makes a break  during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Quarter Final match between Wales and Argentina at Stade Velodrome on October 14, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Wales' Will Rowlands runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between Wales and Argentina at the Stade de Marseille in Marseille, France, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
Argentina's outside centre Lucio Cinti (L) and Wales' full-back Liam Williams leap for a high ball during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between Wales and Argentina at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, south-eastern France, on October 14, 2023. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

Nice offloading play!

Argentina’s work within the tight is great! Some nice offloading play from Petti and Cubelli sees them crash by way of the Wales line of defense.

They’re bounding in confidence and have quite a lot of tempo on this left wing with Mallia threatening early on.

Whereas they can not discover a strive from their assault, they’ve received a penalty on the proper facet of the posts and can look so as to add three factors right here however they can not convert!

First scrum!

Whereas Wales are a bit of heavier, the scrum goes Argentina’s means!

They kick lengthy out of their 22 and get well the ball.

They go vast and are mounting an amazing assault right here – having reached the Wales 22.

Kick off! Dan Biggar will get us underway!

The Wales fly-half will get us underway sedning the ball into the Argentina 22 and Josh Adams places a large hit in earlier than Argentina clear for a line out.

Instantly Wales are on the offensive, with Louis Rees-Zammit receiving the ball on the wing and charging down the touchline.

Argentina get well the ball, however it’s a powerful begin for Warren Gatland’s facet.

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Warren Gatland takes a swipe at groups criticising lopsided World Cup draw

Warren Gatland has hit again at those that have claimed Wales have had a extra beneficial draw within the World Cup.

Wales have overwhelmed Australia, Fiji, Portugal and Georgia to succeed in the quarter-finals. Whereas Eire and Scotland have had a lot more durable attracts.

Talking on these claims, Gatland mentioned: ‘I’d simply say to the opposite groups, they need to have completed higher within the final World Cup,’ he mentioned, in reference to the 2019 event that noticed Eire and France exit on the quarter-final stage.

‘That’s the place the draw comes from. It’s not our fault that it has occurred. If groups had acquired higher performances and outcomes on the final World Cup, there could be a unique draw.

‘You didn’t hear us complaining in 2015 once we acquired Fiji, Australia, England and ourselves in the identical pool. You’re dealt a hand and also you’ve simply acquired to cope with it. I agree with the sentiment that the draw might have been completed too early. It was most likely completed too early earlier than 2019 as nicely.’

Groups are wrapping up their ultimate bits of preparation

Cheika: ‘I am happy with the place we’re at’

We’re quick approaching kick off which is scheduled for 16:00 UK time and Argentina coach Michael Cheika has been talking forward of right this moment’s match.

On his facet’s preparations, Cheika mentioned he was happy with the place his facet had been coming into right this moment’s recreation.

‘We had a shorter flip round, a day much less of prep and had a couple of issues across the discipline however I am fairly happy with the place we’re at.’

Talking on the place his facet can beat Wales right this moment, he mentioned: ‘Its extra about the place we expect wales may go at us. So it is simply our work across the ball provider and the ruck.

‘There’s some golden guidelines of rugby we’re making an attempt to stay to in assault,’ he added.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 14: Michael Cheika, Head Coach of Argentina, speaks to Assistant Head Coach, Felipe Contepomi prior to during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Quarter Final match between Wales and Argentina at Stade Velodrome on October 14, 2023 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Biggar: ‘We’re not able to go house!’

Wales might be boosted right this moment by the return of talisman fly-half Dan Biggar.

The No 10 missed out on their win towards Georgia final week after struggling a chest harm throughout Wales’ win towards Australia.

He has shaken off that drawback and can lead the backline out right this moment for Warren Gatland’s facet, however won’t wish to be overwhelmed right this moment by Argentina, after saying he’ll retire from worldwide rugby on the finish of the event.

And writing in his column for Mail Sport, Biggar strengthened the sentiment that Wales should not prepared for his or her Rugby World Cup marketing campaign to finish.

He wrote: ‘Our boss Warren Gatland made a very clear level initially of the staff assembly this week. The opening slide of his presentation had one message in massive textual content: ‘We’re not able to go house.’

It was white writing on a purple display screen and the subsequent slide had a easy message of our plan. He’s completely proper. None of us in our camp are able to go house.

Learn Biggar’s full column beneath…

An enormous harm blow for Wales

In order we mentioned earlier, Taulupe Faletao will miss the rest of the event after struggling a damaged arm.

It is an enormous blow for Wales, with their star No 8 having featured in all the sides’ pool matches to date. He notably scored throughout their win towards Portugal.

Talking on his facet’s harm woes final week, with Gareth Anscombe additionally an harm concern, Gatland mentioned: ‘Toby (Faletau) has damaged his arm so he’ll be out. We’re simply going to evaluate Gareth (Anscombe) over the subsequent 72 hours. He is pulled his groin very excessive up. Speaking to the medics, he is acquired a little bit of energy nonetheless in his leg which is a constructive. It means he is not pulled it off the bone.

‘We have to take a look at a substitute for Faletau,’ he added. ‘Whether or not that is instantly as a loose-forward substitute or whether or not we take a look at one other place.’

In his place, Wales have opted to play Aaron Wainwright who’s hoping to make No 8 his new place after beginning his worldwide profession as a flanker.

Talking to BBC Sport again in August, he mentioned: ‘My most popular place in the mean time is eight,” mentioned Wainwright.

‘I see myself taking part in there longer-term. You see a number of the athletes we’ve within the squad at six and the energy we’re constructing.

‘It does not imply I’m not capable of play six, the place I used to be the primary a part of my profession, however I see myself as extra of an eight going ahead.’

Argentina staff information

Argentina have additionally misplaced a key again row participant, with Pablo Matera having been dominated out of the event with a knee harm sustained throughout their win towards Japan.

Facundo Isa will are available in to play No 8 in his place with Juan Martin Gonzalez transferring to No 6.

Tomás Cubelli additionally replaces Gonzalo Bertranou at scrum-half whereas the rest of their backline stays unchanged.

Argentina: Mallia; Boffelli, Cinti, Chocobares, M Carreras; S Carreras, Cubelli; Gallo, Montoya (capt), Gómez Kodela, Petti, Lavanini, Gonzalez, Kremer, Isa.

Replacements: Creevy, Sclavi, Bello, Alemanno, Bruni, Bazan Velez, Sanchez, Moroni.

A view of the Stade de Marseille before the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between Wales and Argentina, in Marseille, France, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Wales aren’t right here to make up the numbers

Forward of right this moment’s match, Warren Gatland has expressed his delight at how nicely his staff have performed all through the event.

Coming by way of a number of massive challenges this yr with issues occurring all through the WRU over participant contracts, Wales have carried out very nicely up to now few weeks, however Gatland mentioned his facet should not right here to make up the numbers.

‘It might be our third semi-final and, reflecting on that, we’d be fairly proud,’ he mentioned.

‘After all of the challenges in the course of the Six Nations, with the documentary (with allegations of sexism on the WRU) and the potential strikes and the contracts and the cash with the Union and areas, as coaches we’d joke about what could be the subsequent factor thrown at us. I positively assume there’s been a line drawn underneath that.’

He added: ‘The fellows have been glorious this week. I do know there are some individuals in some groups on the market who received’t wish to face a Wales staff after they begin taking part in with confidence and begin having momentum.

That’s once we are at our most harmful and we’re beginning to look that means in the mean time.’

Wales staff information

Warren Gatland’s facet might be with out star man Taulupee Faletau for todays quarter-final conflict.

The No 8 was dominated out of the rest of the event with a damaged arm.

They are going to miss his expertise tonight, but Aaron Wainwright will are available in to take his place and can have the ability to use his glorious ball carrying abilities to assist Wales break by way of the Argentina line right this moment.

Elsewhere, Wales have made a number of different modifications following their victory towards Georgia however have named 14 of the beginning XI that performed towards Australia and Fiji earlier within the marketing campaign.

Ryan Elias is available in for Dewi Lake at hooker whereas Adam Beard and can drop into the second row alongside of Will Rowlands, instead of Dafydd Jenkins.

Wales will obtain a lift with Dan Biggar again in motion right this moment at fly-half, whereas Josh Adams will are available in on the wing instead of Rio Dyer.

The returns of Biggar and Liam Williams might be one other large increase for Wales

Wales: L Williams; Rees-Zammit, North, Tompkins, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; G Thomas, Elias, Francis, Rowlands, Beard, Morgan (capt), Reffell, Wainwright.

Replacements: Lake, Domachowski, D Lewis, D Jenkins, Tshiunza, T Williams, Costelow, Dyer.

Wales and Argentina are in the home!

An enormous day for each Wales and Argentina!

Good afternoon and welcome to our reside weblog the place we’ll be bringing you all the most recent information, updates and commentary on Wales’ Rugby World Cup quarter-final conflict towards Argentina.

The match kicks of an enormous day of rugby at Mail Sport with Eire taking over New Zealand within the different quarter-final in a while this afternoon.

Warren Gatland’s facet come into this conflict hoping to proceed their unblemished run on the event with Wales hoping to succeed in the ultimate 4 of the competitors for the third time of their final six Rugby World Cup appearances.

Argentina, in the meantime, have loved a superb marketing campaign to date, having misplaced solely to England within the pool phases.

In the present day is the twenty second assembly between these two sides with Argentina, with Wales successful their earlier tie again in 2022.

It is set to be a cracker of a match on the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, so stick with us as we’ll be operating by way of all the most recent staff information subsequent!

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