Cardiff Blues wing Josh Adams showed what a danger he is going to be in the European Rugby Challenge Cup later this season as he scored three tries to help Wales defeat Fiji 29-17 on Wednesday and qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Welsh region in the summer after netting four tries in eight Challenge Cup games for Worcester Warriors, inspired a Wales comeback from 10-0 down early in the first half in Oita. 

He became only the third Wales international to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, striking in the 17th, 30th and 60th minutes with some outstanding finishing. 

Scarlets fly-half Rhys Patchell, who has scored 215 points in 31 European games, also got on the scoresheet for Wales with a conversion and penalty, after coming on for the injured Dan Biggar in the 55th minute. 

Cardiff Blues face Leicester Tigers, Pau and Rugby Calvisano on their return to the Challenge Cup next season in a mouth-watering Pool 5, while Scarlets have been drawn in Pool 2 alongside Bayonne, London Irish and RC Toulon in their first Challenge Cup start. 

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