Wales near knockouts with KO to Fiji, who acquitted themselves finely

Qera who will win his 50th cap for Fiji was emotional during the jersey presentation and encouraged his players to believe in themselves and not to rely on others.


In the end Wales emerged 23-13 winners, but again it took its toll with out-half and goal kicker Dan Biggar limping off with an injury. Centre Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Timoci Nagusa were significant threats out wide, also. The sole try by Vereniki Goneva had the Welsh men back peddling and ignited hope to the side.

“We know that the Wales team are coming after the victory against England“, he said.

The Fijians, who have lost to England and Australia in Pool A, will be without suspended winger Nemani Nadolo and injured scrumhalf Nikola Matawalu for the game in Cardiff on Thursday (local time).

“It is a bit hard for a Kiwi to get up and cheer for Aussies though”.

McKee says these issues have been addressed. His opposite number agreed.

“This week was a completely different feel and I feel sorry for a few of the lower tier nations”.

Fiji’s players gather together during a Fiji team training session on September 29, 2015 in Swansea, south Wales during the Rugby World Cup. They had to get up in the early hours to witness their team slump to their sixth successive World Cup defeat.

FIJI head coach John McKee insists his side are a more potent unit now than when they last faced Wales 10 months ago, a game which saw Warren Gatland’s outfit suffer an almighty scare.


“It is credit to the team how we have stood up to those teams and been competitive”.

An injury-hit Wales side have made changes and called up Kiwi Gareth Anscombe