The Wales Great Escape – Wales 16-16 Fiji

Wales will wonder where the next win will come from as they took a lucky draw against Fiji. The Fiji team although happy with the draw must feel a little aggrieved at a penalty try being the home sides saviour.

Dan Biggar opened the scoring after Bai had missed a penalty for Fiji, with a penalty in front of the posts. But Fiji responded and drew level, Bigger then posted his second following the Binning of Baikeinuku for a spear tackle but the rest of the half went to Fiji with a penalty to draw level and then with less than 5 minutes to half time at try to big centre; Vulivuli with the conversion giving us the half time score of 6-13.

The second period was more of the same as Fiji battered Wales and apart form the penalty try and conversion followed by penalties each the game drifted to the draw and the final score of:

Wales 16-16 Fiji


Try: Pen Con: S Jones Pens: Biggar (2), Jones
Tries: Vulivuli Cons: Bai Pens: Bai (2), Matavesi


Wales: Byrne, North, Hook, Bishop, Brew, Biggar, R. Rees, James, Bennett, A. Jones, Gough, D. Jones, R. Jones, Lydiate, Thomas.
Replacements: Shanklin for Bishop (9), S. Jones for Biggar (49), Phillips for R. Rees (49), Davies for Gough (49). Not Used: Hibbard, Yapp, Faletau.

Fiji: Matavesi, Tagicakibau, Vulivuli, Lovobalavu, Goneva, Baikeinuku, Kentale, Ma’afu, Veikoso, Manu, I. Rawaqa, Qovu, Saukawa, Ravulo, Koyamaibole.
Replacements: Ratu for Tagicakibau (49), T. Rawaqa for Vulivuli (67), Taka for Kentale (55), Dewes for Ma’afu (59), Tuapati for Veikoso (51), Kalou for Ravulo (75), Qera for Koyamaibole (49).

Sin Bin: Baikeinuku (22).

Att: 55,000

Referee: Jerome Garces (FRA)
Touch judges: Steve Walsh (AUS) & Rob Debney (ENG)
TV: Daniel Gillet (FRA)