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  1. Limp Wales held to Fiji draw

    Limp Wales held to Fiji draw

    Seremaia Bai struck a penalty with the last kick of the game to earn Fiji a 16-16 draw against a dour Wales at the Millennium Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • Fiji
    • - Tomorrow we have more LIVE texts from the internationals, including England v Samoa, Scotland v South Africa and Ireland v New Zealand. Hope you'll join us for those.
    • - FULL TIME: A very ordinary display from Wales - and Fiji deserved the draw they snatched at the death. Wales are now winless in six Tests.
    • 82' Bai lines it up - no messing around - the last kick is the one which brings Fiji level!
    • 81' Penalty awarded! Will they kick to level? Or will they go bold and try to win? It's under the posts... they'll kick!
    • 81' Matavesi is back in the pocket but the forwards are driving and they're within five metres - and they've got a penalty!
    • 80' Matavesi drops from the pocket - are the Fijians after a penalty now? Or a try?
    • 80' Wales turnover - but Fiji turn it BACK over - they still have a chance!
    • 79' Slow ball here from the Fijians but there's a man in the pocket if they want him.
    • 79' Fiji win the lineout. They're just outside the 22. They could still nick it, especially if the Welsh get nervous in defence.
    • 78' Penalty for Fiji as the hosts fail to release. Bai makes a good kick long but this might well be the last chance for the visitors.
    • 77' Ryan Jones is flat-footed when the ball is thrown his way from Phillips. No momentum, but Wales manage to hold on to the ball, and the clock is running down.
    • 76' Wales have the scrum just inside the Fiji half. Phillips takes the ball on himself.
    • 75' Wales have had plenty of territory in the second half, and ever more of the possession - but they still look very vulnerable with just a three-point lead.
    • 74' Ravulo off, Kalou in his place.
    • 74' Fiji with a penalty at halfway, which frees them up to make a substitution.
    • 73' Penalty Fiji as North holds on to the ball when isolated. He was thrown a horror pass by his skipper though to end a period of Wales pressure.
    • 72' Wales trying to get a drive together but the pack comes down. Phillips looks to spin the ball right.
    • 71' Good kick from Jones gets the hosts to within 10 metres of the try-line.
    • 71' Positives for Wales tonight? The scrum - and the fact that they'll struggle to be this poor again against New Zealand next week.
    • 70' Matavesi's kick for touch runs out of gas, and Byrne lumps it forward himself. Fiji bundle forward, but another little mistake and the Welsh have a scrum.
    • 69' NORTH THROUGH! NO! Stephen Jones looked like he'd had a moment of creative genius to play a ball and open the gap through the middle for North - but the ball was narrowly forward.
    • 68' Stephen Jones kicks but Matavesi catches. Wales back with the ball now, trying to go through the phases.
    • 67' The Fijians are looking very tired here. A couple of men cramping, but the time is put back on with Fiji with put-in at a scrum on halfway.
    • 67' Rawaqa comes on for Vulivuli in another Fiji change.
    • 66' Dear oh dear - a great opportunity as Wales win the lineout, but the ball is stolen, turned over and cleared. If Wales are to win this, they'll have done it the dour way.
    • 65' Great kick from Hook which keeps North interested - good race between him and Goneva - the latter wins, booting it out for a Wales lineout close to the corner.
    • 64' Brew makes a good challenge on Taka as the Fijians try to fashion a chance. Wales break with Hook - but his pass away is to nobody.
    • 63' Wales are running the ball now - the kicking game has gone, and the men in blue are looking a million times better for it. They give away a penalty though here and Fiji get into the Wales half for the first time in a while.
    • 62' 16-13 - Wales back in front. A much better spell from the home side after the try. Will we see a strong finish?
    • 62' Looks like Wales might just be through, only for Brew to knock on. But the hosts had an advantage, and a regulation kick under the posts will follow.
    • 61' How did Brew stay on his feet after that one? You could feel that tackle from here.
    • 60' Wales suddenly running like champions - wonderful flowing move featuring Hook and Byrne, and Brew is then felled by the most almighty hit from Qera. Four men down at the moment!
    • 59' 13-13 - Jones has an easy kick in front of the posts - and it's all square.
    • 59' PENALTY TRY! That might have been the best Fiji scrum of the lot, but it was still woefully inadequate, and we have a penalty try!
    • 59' Pre-emptive measure - Ma'afu off, Dewes on for Fiji. Which final warning are we on now?
    • 58' Phillips cannot put the ball in this time - we've been locked in this scrum for the best part of five minutes and Fiji cannot handle the ball. It's getting silly - but Jerome Garces has not resorted to the penalty try or the yellow card yet.
    • 57' Ma'afu, the Fiji prop, looks like the weak link in the Fiji scrum. Could it be a yellow card? No - it's a final, FINAL, warning.
    • 56' Still those scrums going Wales way - we're inching closer to the posts, and the scrum keeps collapsing.
    • 55' Free kick Wales - the hosts will keep on opting for scrums because if the penalties continue to come the penalty try will surely follow.
    • 55' Seveci Taka replaces Kenatale.
    • 54' There's still a chance for Wales who have a scrum from five metres. Boss the scrum as they have done all evening, and Byrne coming up short might not matter.
    • 54' No try - so it was magnificent, crucial defending from Lovobalavu to hold Byrne up on the line!
    • 54' Not sure they can give it - there's no certain angle showing the ball is on the line - we're waiting for a decision...
    • 54' ... And very close again - it comes to Byrne who does well to find a way past two men - but has he got the ball to the line? It's going upstairs... and it's very... very... close.
    • 53' Wales have a chance to run a play with the backs after winning lineout ball - they go well, with Brew holding the ball in play on the right and the hosts spinning left. Phillips makes a dart for the line just a couple of metres out - denied this time...
    • 52' Fiji change - Veikoso replaced by Talemaitoga
    • 51' Goneva looks to have made some good ground but it's undone by indiscipline - the support tackle off their feet. Chance wasted and Jones will kick for Wales.
    • 50' Change for the visitors - Tagicakibau off, Ratu on.
    • 50' Vulivuli manages to halt Jonathan Thomas in the tackle. That's strength.
    • 49' Here come big changes - Jones for Biggar, Phillips for Rees, Shanklin for Bishop, B Davies on for Gough. Safe to say Gatland has seen enough. Can these men get the Wales team back on track?
    • 48' A word on Matavesi there - he ran the ball from behind the posts and took on number 8 Jonathan Thomas head-on. Bold - but Fiji get away with it.
    • 47' The lineout holds up - just about - but Rees throws a poor pass right. Wales still have it and are creating plenty of pressure, but Fiji hold on and Bai manages to clear from well behind his posts from the 22.
    • 46' Offside at the ruck - Biggar gives it a good boot upfield. The crowd makes itself heard - could the Wales side get themselves back into the game now?
    • 45' Fiji have a scrum after North and Rees fail to link up. This is one area where the Welsh have been strong, though.
    • 44' The side who cut out their mistakes here should close out the game. Too much aimless kicking as well at the moment.
    • 43' Vicious tackle from Goneva but advantage Wales after a Fiji knock-on.
    • 42' An almost dainty kick from Bai to gain a few metres down the right. Wales lineout in their own half.
    • 42' Rees' kicking has been poor - another box kick goes nowhere and Fiji are surging down the middle.
    • 41' Poor kick from Bai with the ball in hand - that looks like a chance for Wales to attack but before you know it the Fijians have turned the ball over. A litany of errors to begin the second half. Let's hope that's not what lies ahead.
    • 40' The second half begins!
    • - HALF TIME: Scrappy stuff from Wales - some brutal physicality from Fiji (except at scrum time), and despite making their fair share of errors, Fiji ran in a late try to take a lead into the break. Wales defeat surely unthinkable - what can Wales do now? Join us in a few minutes to find out.
    • 40' Distance fine, but it's wide to the right. Out it goes, and Fiji lead at the interval!
    • 40' Last chance of the half for Wales as they win the scrum. No time, Biggar opts to kick from just a metre or two out short of the halfway line. Not central either. Does he have the range?
    • 39' Wales have experience on the bench, but this was meant to be an opportunity for the young guns to shine. Knock-on from Gough, and a scrum for Fiji.
    • 38' HUGE let-off for Wales - Goneva intercepts a pass and he wraps only one hand around it rather than two - and knocks on. Had he gathered it... certain try to stun the hosts before the interval.
    • 37' 6-13 - The referee asks the TV referee to check the ball was grounded - looks alright and Bai knocks over the conversion!
    • 36' Horrible error from the lineout lets Koyamaibole in - and his run takes him to within a metre or two of the tryline. Ably supported - it comes to Vulivuli who runs it in expertly... TRY FOR FIJI!
    • 35' Hook breaks! Another moment of promise for Wales... but not for the first time it ends in a turnover and Fiji are back in possession.
    • 34' Wales' kicking has lost its direction - the ball keeps coming back to them every time they lump it forward.
    • 33' Turnover ball for Fiji and the returning Bai kicks the ball out as far as the Wales 22.
    • 32' Some crunching tackles have gone in - we have a pause here but Fiji look to have got through their ten minutes of having 14 men unscathed.
    • 30' ... And they get it - Byrne pops a pass to North who looks to be in at the far corner - but a terrific tackle from Lovobalavu takes him out of play!
    • 29' Wales make their best move of the half with Bishop and Hook swapping passes and swinging down the left. They need quick ball...
    • 28' Good pressuring kick from Byrne puts Wales into dangerous territory - over to the right they go where North threatens with his pace down the right - Rawaqa gets him into touch.
    • 27' Kenatale, the scrum-half, gets a boot on it and knocks the ball out of harm's way. Poor control from the Wales scrum, who have won the power battle so far.
    • 26' Rees fumbles as Wales push towards the 22, and despite there being no knock-on that sucks the life out of the move. The play drifts to the right hand side of the field - Wales have put-in at the scrum.
    • 25' 6-6 - Matavesi strikes, and despite being a man down, Fiji have had a good few minutes.
    • 24' Tackler not released, and Matavesi has a terrific opportunity to give Fiji three points. Cardiff goes very quiet.
    • 23' Wales knock over another penalty - Biggar gives Wales the lead.
    • 22' Bad knock-on and that gives Fiji a scrum in a decent position in front of the posts on the 22. Can the Fijian forwards hold the scrum together?
    • 21' Looks like a yellow card for Bai here - he's dump-tackled Brew - no excuses, terrible mistake and Fiji are down to fourteen men.
    • 20' And after the slow ball comes the penalty - Veikoso joins the ruck from the side. A waste from Fiji now in a game which has not yet caught fire.
    • 19' It takes two Wales backs to stop Vulivuli but they just about bring the centre to the ground. Very slow ball for Fiji here.
    • 18' Wales lose their own lineout - Rawaqa steals and that's a chance gone begging for Gatland's men.
    • 17' Wales obliterate the Fjians in the scrum - top work from the forwards. Byrne repays them for their effort this time when his kick does find its mark deep in the corner.
    • 16' Matavesi throws a forward pass and that breaks up a promising Fiji move - the visitors looking quite comfortable in possession.
    • 14' 3-3 - Bai levels the score with a hefty kick through the posts.
    • 13' Pressured lineout for Bennett, but he and Wales respond well. Fiji have the ball once more though, and they have no shortage of powerful runners. In the end Bai tries another kick to the corner, but the visitors had advantage and they come back for a 40m kick in front of the posts.
    • 12' Awkward box kick from Rees is dealt with well enough by Matavesi, and Bai then hits a superb kick to the corner to outfox winger Aled Brew.
    • 11' Another break from North - Bishop is held up and Fiji have a lineout.
    • 10' First look at the scrums of both sides. Wales have been very strong here so far this autumn - Fiji were flaky against France. No problems for the hosts this time with their own put-in.
    • 9' Fiji are happy to run from their own half. They get up to halfway, only for Ma'afu to knock on under pressure.
    • 8' North makes a superb break from his own 22 to get Wales on the move. The hosts surge to halfway, and Wales win a penalty as a Fijian goes off his feet for a high tackle. Byrne kicks deep upfield, but disappointingly doesn't find touch.
    • 7' 3-0 - Good, confident kick from Biggar, who has a real opportunity to show what he can do tonight.
    • 6' First meaningful touch of the ball for North as Wales pressure down the right hand side. Loud cheers for the new hero. The ball comes left, and Wales have a kickable penalty.
    • 5' Qovu hangs on to the lineout and Matavesi, who was born in Cornwall, clears the ball long.
    • 4' Lineout stolen by the Welsh and they try to get the ball through the hands on the halfway line. Biggar picks out an angled kick for touch which lands on the Fijian 22. Good kick.
    • 3' It will be a kick at goal... from 43m out Bai strikes the post. A little let-off for the hosts.
    • 2' Penalty for Fji after Wales join the ruck from the side. Bai has the ball in hand as the visitors decide what to do next.
    • 2' Fiji have possession for the first minute or so, only to be turned over. Ball comes back for Hook, who punts forward. Not enough direction or distance on that one.
    • 1' Away we go! Wales are in their 'away' kit of blue with a dash of red on the sleeves. Presumably to avoid clashing with Fiji, playing in white. Wait a minute...
    • 19:30 French referee Jerome Garces is in charge.
    • 19:30 The Fijians now perform their war dance, the Cibi. A microphone has been set up so we can listen to Baï lead the performance.
    • 19:29 Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is sung by the crwod without any accompaniment. The atmosphere simmers. The cameras pan to the obligatory pictures of girls wearing daffodil costumes.
    • 19:28 The Fijian national anthem plays. The rugby pedigree of Fiji is remarkable given their population of roughly 900,000 people.
    • 19:27 Out they come, and big (controlled) flames go up around the ground. Another far from full Millennium Stadium for this Test match.
    • 19:26 The players are in the tunnel. Stand by for the pyrotechnics.
    • 19:25 Wales have lost five Tests in a row. With home advantage, they will be desperate to end that run here. The last time they faced each other was in 2007 during the World Cup. That one ended 38-34 to the Fijians.
    • 19:20 Rob Howley, Wales backs coach: "It is vital we keep our discipline. We have to be disciplined at scrum time and at the lineouts as well. We have to keep the ball away from Fiji. If we can deny them possession and use it properly ourselves, it will be a good night." More here.
    • 19:15 Fiji, meanwhile, make eight changes from the side which slumped to a 34-12 defeat against France last week. Coach Sam Domoni explains: "It's a well balanced squad, there are other factors that have come into play such as visa problems, but the guys we have on paper have our backing and our faith that they can do a good job."
    • 19:15 So Wales have made four changes from the side that lost to South Africa, though 18-year-old debutant George North unsurprisingly keeps his place. Ryan Jones is back in the starting XV and reprises the captaincy, while Matthew Rees takes a break from hooker. Half-back pairing Phillips and S Jones are on the bench.
    • 19:10 FIJI: J Matavesi; M Tagicakibau, A Vulivuli, G Lovobalavu, V Goneva; S Bai, N Kenatale; C Ma'afu, V Veikoso, D Manu (capt), I Rawaqa, J Qovu, S Saukawa, M Ravulo, S Koyamaibole /// Replacements: T Talemaitoga, G Dewes, S Kalou, A Qera, S Taka, R Ratu, T Rawaqa.
    • 19:10 WALES: 15-Lee Byrne; 14-George North, 13-James Hook, 12-Andrew Bishop, 11-Aled Brew; 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Richie Rees; 8-Jonathan Thomas, 7-Dan Lydiate, 6-Ryan Jones (captain), 5-Deiniol Jones, 4-Ian Gough, 3-Adam Jones, 2-Huw Bennett, 1-Paul James /// Replacements: 16-Richard Hibbard, 17-John Yapp, 18-Bradley Davies, 19-Toby Faletau, 20-Mike Phillips, 21-Stephen Jones, 22-Tom Shanklin.
    • 19:05 Tough times for Wales so far this autumn - Warren Gatland's men have been beaten narrowly by Australia and South Africa the last two times out. Brave performances on both occasions, but they fell short. Read the Wales 25-29 South Africa match report here.
    • 19:00 Good evening everyone, and welcome to LIVE text commentary from the autumn internationals, where first up this weekend Wales host Fiji at the Millennium Stadium.
  • Summary

    Wales versus Fiji
    59’ Tries Vuli Vuli 37’
    Jones 60’ Conversions Bai 38’
    Biggar 7’, 23’, Jones 63’ Penalties Bai 14’, 80’, Matavesi 25’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Jones Substitution In (49′)
    • Shanklin Substitution In (49′)
    • Phillips Substitution In (49′)
    • Yapp
    • Davies Substitution In (49′)
    • Hibbard
    • Faletau

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Fiji

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Dewes
    • Qera
    • Ratu
    • Tuapati
    • Kalou
    • Taka
    • Rawaqa

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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