September 29, 2019 / 10:56 AM / 15 days ago

World Cup organisers to investigate lights failure during Wales-Australia epic

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool D - Australia v Wales - Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - September 29, 2019 General view of the stadium during the match REUTERS/Matthew Childs

TOKYO (Reuters) - Rugby World Cup organisers launched an investigation after around two-thirds of the floodlights failed towards the end of the highly charged match between Australia and Wales at Tokyo Stadium on Sunday.

Wales withstood a furious Australian comeback to secure a 29-25 win in the epic Pool D encounter, recording their first win over the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup since 1987.

The lights went out in the final 10 minutes, prompting commentators to compare it to a low-grade match played in rural Australia, but referee Romaine Polite chose to continue with the game.

Officials said after the match they would investigate what caused the lighting failure.

Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Oita; editing by Tony Lawrence

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