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Fired-up Wales edge feisty Fiji



Wales held on for a four-try victory towards a courageous Fiji outfit in an thrilling World Cup Pool C conflict in Bordeaux on Sunday evening.

Main 18-14 at half time, the Welsh Dragons scored two tries both aspect of the break and Dan Biggar kicked 12 factors to beat the Fijians 32-26 at Stade de Bordeaux.

Biggar additionally set a brand new Wales World Cup total factors file, taking his tally to 109 and previous Neil Jenkins’ complete of 98.

Left winger Josh Adams and centre George North crossed the whitewash for Warren Gatland’s fees inside the primary 40 minutes, earlier than speedster Louis Rees-Zammit and substitute hooker Elliot Dee dotted down after the restart.

Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova Mesake Doge and Lekima Tagitagivalu – who with Wales’ Corey Domachowski noticed yellow contained in the second 40 – notched a strive apiece for the Pacific Islanders, who fought again on the loss of life, but it surely was too little, too late because the Welsh dug in for the W.

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Wales had opened the scoring early on by way of a Biggar penalty after which a strive by Adams within the left-hand nook.

Biggar didn’t convert however the Wales had an 8-0 lead inside 10 minutes, a reverse of the match 4 years in the past when Fiji had begun the brightest and led 12-0.

Fiji, although, struck again in fashion as captain Nayacalevu weaved his magic. The 33-year-old burst by way of midfield beating one despairing sort out to the touch down fist pumping as he rose from the bottom within the thirteenth minute.

It was the fourth successive Take a look at he had scored a strive, the very best run of his profession.

The smattering of Fiji followers within the stadium waved their flags in celebration as scrumhalf Frank Lomani transformed to tug Fiji to inside some extent of the Welsh 8-7.

4 minutes later the Fijians have been in entrance after a magical transfer. Nayacalevu offloaded brilliantly to centre companion Radradra, who had the Welsh defence at sixes and sevens and he fed Tagitagivalu.

The flanker completed it off prompting manic celebrations behind the posts with the replacements becoming a member of in. Lomani transformed for 14-8.

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The water break couldn’t come fast sufficient for the Welsh in a really heat Bordeaux. Biggar refreshed them much more touchdown one other lengthy vary penalty for 14-11.

Wales have been again in entrance by the half-hour mark, Nick Tompkins teeing up fellow veteran North  showing in his fourth World Cup – who did a neat sidestep to the touch down. Biggar transformed for 18-14.

Fiji got here on the Welsh however Eroni Mawi was adjudged to have knocked the ball on as he stretched to the touch down over the road, the choice being greeted with boos.

It was all Wales within the early phases of the second half and their stress paid off.

Rees-Zammit was capable of collect the ball after Vinaya Habosi didn’t catch captain Jac Morgan’s cross-field kick and contact down. Biggar transformed for 25-14 with simply over half an hour to play.

The great see-sawing of the sport continued apace as Fiji then camped contained in the Welsh 22 however got here away with nothing, Levani Botia spilling the ball over the road. They have been left to rue that as they suffered two blows inside a minute.

Referee Matt Carley having proven admirable restraint lastly wielded a yellow card with Tagitagivalu strolling off.

The Welsh scored a strive nearly instantly after he had crossed the touchline, Dee going over, Biggar changing for 32-14 earlier than himself leaving the stage.

The numbers have been evened up as Carley sin-binned Domachowski however with solely 12 minutes remaining the duty was large for Fiji.

They managed to cross the road Tuisova touching down transformed by Tela with seven minutes remaining. The Fijians simply wouldn’t let up and went over once more though they missed the conversion.

Their spirits excessive they got here once more and appeared all however sure to go over as Radradra was came upon vast on his personal however to his horror he spilled the ball.

He sank to his knees and sportingly was consoled by Liam Williams, whose teammates additionally went onto their haunches too drained to rejoice.

© Agence France-Presse

Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP



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