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Moriarty feared seeing red in the victory over France

Moriarty after receiving the yellow card during the Quarter Final against France Credit: PA Images

Ross Moriarty has revealed he thought it would be "the end of me" had referee Jaco Peyper sent him off in Wales' World Cup quarter-final against France.

Moriarty had only been on the pitch for 90 seconds, replacing an injured Josh Navidi, when he was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Les Bleus centre Gael Fickou.

Wales went on to triumph 20-19, with number eight Moriarty scoring the winning try - but only after an incident that left him sweating, especially when Peyper called in captain Alun Wyn Jones.

I was just thinking, 'please, please don't be a red'. I knew how bad that would be for the team. I've been in that situation before, and it is not a nice feeling.

That was definitely a big moment. I had only been on for 90 seconds and I was thinking to myself: 'If he gives me a red card, this is the end of me'. It was a mistimed tackle. I closed my eyes and thought he was going to run round me, but he stopped and ducked under me.

I talked to him (Fickou) after the game and he was absolutely fine. We had a good laugh. As soon as I realised I had hit him in the chin - I thought I had hit him in the shoulder - I was worried.

– Ross Moriarty, Wales Number 8
Moriarty scores Wales' match-clinching touchdown. Credit: PA Images

Moriarty has similarly vivid memories of his match-clinching touchdown, which followed a concerted spell of pressure near France's line.

I was running towards the ball and just thinking 'I can't mess this up'. I didn't even want to reach out in case someone came from nowhere and kicked the ball out of my hands, so I just landed on my head first and got the ball under my chest to make sure no-one could come in and get it.

It was probably the easiest try I've ever scored, but probably the most nervous I've been scoring one."

– Ross Moriarty, Wales Number 8

Moriarty is set to take hamstring injury victim Navidi's place against semi-final opponents South Africa on Sunday.

This is a game I look forward to. I know what their forwards thrive on, which is being physical, and that's what I thrive on as well. Some players go hiding when it gets tough, but I think I get better in those situations.

– Ross Moriarty, Wales Number 8

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