Wales vs Fiji player ratings as Wayne Pivac’s men were made to work incredibly hard for their 38-23 win against the Pacific Islanders, who played 20 minutes with 13 men.
The flying Fijians made a bright start and took a 10-0 lead after fly-half Ben Volavola converted Waisea Nayacalevu’s try before slotting a penalty.
Things then started to go quickly wrong for the visitors as Wales rallied with hooker Ryan Elias powering over with Dan Biggar converting before Fiji winger Eroni Sau was sent off for striking the head of Johnny Williams.
Volavola had extended Fiji’s advantage with another penalty, but Wales would lead 14-13 at the break after Kieran Hardy’s try was converted by Biggar.
Another penalty allowed Volavola to put Fiji back in front before the fly-half slotted a second conversion after Nayacalevu raced away for his second try, 13-23.
However, while down to 13 once again, the home side got two quickfire unconverted tries through Elias and Alex Cuthbert to take a one point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
Speedster Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams then scored two late tries to make the win safe.
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WALES (14): 38
- Tries: Elias 10,61 Hardy 37, Cuthbert 66, Rees-Zammit 73, Williams 80
- Cons: Biggar 11,38, Sheedy 72,8
FIJI (13): 23
- Tries: Nayacalevu 3
- Cons: Volavola 5
- Pens: Volavola 7,22,43
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WALES – STATSZONE:
- Most carries: Ryan Elias – 13
- Most metres made: Liam Williams – 91
- Most tackles: Ellis Jenkins – 7
- Most tackles missed: Dan Biggar -2
- Offloads: Liam Williams – 2
- Turnovers won: Ellis Jenkins – 2
- Turnovers conceded: Nick Tompkins -2
Wales vs Fiji player ratings
Wales: Liam Williams 6; Alex Cuthbert 7, Nick Tompkins 5, Johnny Williams 6, Louis Rees-Zammit 7; Dan Biggar 6, Kieran Hardy 6, Rhys Carré 6, Ryan Elias 8, WillGriff John 5, Will Rowlands 7, Adam Beard 6, Ellis Jenkins (captain) 7, Thomas Young 7, Taine Basham 7.
Fiji: Setareki Tuicuvu 7; Josua Tuisova 6, Waisea Nayacalevu 9, Vilimoni Botitu 6, Eroni Sau 3; Ben Volavola 7, Frank Lomani 6; Peni Ravai 6, Sam Matavesi 8, Mesake Doge 6, Api Ratuniyarawa 6, Temo Mayanavanua 6, Albert Tuisue 6, Mesulame Kunavula 6, Vilimae Mata 6.
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