Wales 38-23 Fiji: Wales combat again to safe victory towards 14-man Fiji in Autumn Nations Collection after Eroni Sau is shipped off with Louis Rees-Zammit placing late for Wayne Pivac’s facet
- Wales secured a 38-23 win towards Fiji as they prevailed at Principality Stadium
- Fiji’s Eroni Sau was despatched off within the twenty fifth minute for a problem on Jonny Williams
- Ryan Elias scored twice whereas Louis Rees-Zammit scored a formidable late attempt
A thunderbolt end from Louis Rees-Lightning saved Wales from being rumbled by the flying Fijians in Cardiff.
Louis Rees-Zammit kicked off his left foot down his wing, wolfed up the Principality Stadium turf like Street Runner and earlier than you possibly can say ‘beep, beep’ he had touched down.
It was the third attempt in a fast quartet for Wales, who had been trailing 23-14 to 14-man Fiji earlier than Ryan Elias, Alex Cuthbert, Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams scored in a late rally to rescue a muddling autumn sequence.
Louis Rees-Zammit scored a late attempt as Wales secured victory of their conflict towards Fiji
Christ Tshiunza celebrates on the full-time whistle after Wales secured victory towards Fiji
Liam Williams of Wales is jubilant after he scored Wales’ sixth attempt of the sport in Cardiff
Fiji had left-winger Eroni Sau despatched off for a swinging-arm hit on Johnny Williams 25 minutes in, however threw themselves relentlessly at Wales nonetheless, with Waisea Nayacalevu scoring twice and Ben Volavola kicking the remainder.
It was simply as nicely for Wales this was not Fiji’s strongest facet — no Semi Radradra, Levani Botia, Peceli Yato or Leone Nakarawa.
‘What a end,’ captain Ellis Jenkins mentioned of Rees-Zammit’s attempt. ‘He is quick, is not he? If you’ve received guys with gasoline on the wing you see how good they’re in house.
‘The problem for us is to do this extra usually. His attempt was a giant momentum shift for us.’
Wayne Pivac added: ‘You’ll be able to’t coach that categorical tempo — I used to be actually happy with that piece of particular person brilliance.’
Eroni Sau of Fiji expresses his disappointment after being despatched off within the twenty fifth minute
Wales hooker Ryan Elias scored twice as he helped his facet to prevail of their conflict with Fiji
In an autumn when Wales have discovered little, they struggled once more for fluidity. A calf drawback noticed Josh Adams withdraw within the warm-up, so the experiment of enjoying him at centre was scrapped and Nick Tompkins got here in.
The entire Welsh set-up seemed messy, particularly on the breakdown. Fiji took benefit, scoring a traditional attempt with Volavola feeding the steaming Invoice Mata who sped between Dan Biggar and Adam Beard then popped an offload to Nayacalevu to attain inside seven minutes. Volavola transformed and Fiji had been away.
Spluttering Wales relied on mauls to bail them out. Elias scored from one, which Biggar transformed, earlier than Volavola kicked a penalty.
Sau’s sending off was a shocker. Attempting to whack the ball from Johnny Williams’ palms, the Fiji wing belted him within the face.
WALES: L Williams 8; Cuthbert 7, Tompkins 6, J Williams 5 (Halaholo, 51 7); Rees-Zammit 7.5; Biggar 5 (Sheedy, 64 6), Hardy 7 (T Williams, 51 6); Carré 6 (G Thomas, 48 6), Elias 7.5, John 5 (Lewis, 7 7), Rowlands 6 (Tshiunza, 70 5), Beard 7, Jenkins 7.5, Younger 5 (S Davies, 58 6), Basham 6.
Not used: Roberts.
FIJI: Tuicuvu 8 (Tuimaba, 75 6); Tuisova 6, Nayacalevu 8, Botitu 7 (Naqalevu, 58 6), Sau 3; Volavola 7.5, Lomani 6.5 (Matawalu, 72 5); Ravai Kovekalou 6 (Mawi, 51 6), Matavesi 7.5 (Togiatama, 80 5), Doge 6 (Atalifo, 51 6), Ratuniyarawa 7 (Ratuva, 72 6), Mayanavanua, Tuisue, Kunavula 7 (Dakuwaqa, 50 6), Mata 7.
Referee: Nic Berry (Aus) 6
Referee Nic Berry wished to indicate a yellow card, however TMO Stuart Terheege talked him into the right choice. Even when blindside Albert Tuisue was then despatched to the sin-bin, Wales struggled to get going.
Kieran Hardy’s individualism introduced a attempt, darting off the again of a five-metre scrum when Fiji had one fewer within the again row.
A stunning kick from Biggar arrange Rees-Zammit for a rating proper on half-time. However the attempt was chalked off as a result of the 20-year-old wing had batted a sit back in play with out touchdown each ft on the sector.
When Tuisue returned after half-time his Fijians had been forward after Volavola’s third penalty. Nayacalevu streaked in sensationally for his second attempt, ending a transfer began within the Fiji 22 when Seta Tuicuvu tapped and ran amok after marking a kick. It was straight from the fantastic world of sevens, the game they dominate.
Volavola’s conversion pushed Fiji 9 clear. Wales went to their driving lineout once more, profiting from one other yellow card, to prop Eroni Mawi. Elias scored his second however Biggar’s conversion hit the publish. Cuthbert then dived in for his first Wales attempt since 2017.
What Wales wanted was a thunderbolt end — so Rees-Zammit’s cracker, earlier than Liam Williams wandered in too, got here simply in time.
Williams overcomes challenges from Fiji with a purpose to rating a attempt at Principality Stadium
Rees-Zammit scores a attempt as Ben Volavola slides in throughout the Autumn Nations Collection conflict