NEWCASTLE Emlyn’s star scrum half got Wales off to a great start against Australia on the weekend.

Gareth Davies went over to score after just three minutes, following a display of brilliant teamwork as captain Jac Morgan broke through in midfield, drawing in the last defender before passing out to Davies who went over to score the opening points, which were converted by fly-half Dan Biggar.

Davies popped up everywhere in a good display as Wales powered home to a 40-6 victory with more tries coming from Nick Tompkins and Morgan, with replacement fly half Gareth Anscombe scoring 23 points in the form of a conversion, a drop goal and six penalties.

The win meant that Wales became the first team to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament – which will be their fourth World Cup knock out stage appearance under Warren Gatland – and currently top pool C with 14 of the 15 points available after three wins from their first three games, and bonus points in the Fiji and Portugal games.

Despite the big win and qualification for the quarter finals, head coach Warren Gatland says Wales will not start looking further ahead than necessary. Wales still have to face Georgia in October and will be guaranteed to top the group if they win that last pool C fixture and would be potentially facing Argentina in the quarter final in Marseille.

Gatland said: “We haven’t looked past anything yet, it has been one game at a time.

“Australia came into this game feeling confident about winning. We felt confident to produce a performance today. I thought we were clinical.

“Our focus will be on Georgia, a team we lost against in the autumn (last year).

“We need to rectify that and we need to make sure we don’t drop our standards. I think these players are well aware of that – they have worked incredibly hard.

“We have put a lot of work in the last four months as a team together. We are a momentum team, we build on confidence in terms of performances.

“Today was an outstanding performance in terms of what we wanted to achieve. We were blowing a bit at half time, but I thought we went out and controlled the second half fantastically well.”