Wales beat resilient Fiji

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Despite a disappointing start from Wales, conceding two unanswered tries and a yellow card in the first quarter, they eventually prevailed over a physical Fiji side. Whilst Wales did not emulate the heroics of the previous week against Australia, they did enough to overcome what was a tough challenge.

Before the match, Fiji were raring to salvage their World Cup campaign, having suffered an ignominious defeat against the minnows of Uruguay and, if this was their motivation, it certainly worked. From kick-off, Fiji put pressure on Wales, their physicality preventing Wales from stringing together an effective attacking sequence. Likewise, their attack was equally impressive: Fiji’s forceful forwards and dynamic backs penetrating the Welsh line twice to cross the try line.

Arguably, Wales’ start could have been much worse had Ken Owens’s spear-tackle on Viliame Mata been deemed a red card, which it could well have been had Mata landed on his head instead of his back. However, despite this turbulent start, Wales managed to regroup themselves and, despite the game remaining tight until the final quarter, Fijian resistance symbolically ended with Jonathan Davies’s line-break resulting in Josh Adams’ third try of the match and a bonus point.

In reflection, Wales will consider this match to be a job well-done. Was it their best performance? Absolutely not. Nonetheless, it will be enough to get them to the quarter-finals top of the group provided they beat Uruguay on Sunday. In short, the men in red march on.