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Wales beat Fiji 32-26

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Wales 32:26 Fiji

Wales survived a scare from Fiji in a thrilling Rugby World Cup opener that featured eight tries. Wales scored four tries through Adams, North, Rees-Zammit, and Dee, and led 32-14 before Fiji’s comeback.

Fiji scored four tries as well, with Nayacalevu, Tagitagivalu, Tuisova, and Doge crossing the line. Wales won 38-34 after Radradra dropped the ball near the end.

Biggar was the man of the match with 12 points from his kicks. Wales made 248 tackles to Fiji’s 70, showing their defence. The win boosted Wales’ chances of reaching the quarter-finals after Australia beat Georgia in the same pool.

It was Gatland’s fourth World Cup as Wales coach, after a difficult preparation with a player strike threat. Wales overcame Fiji’s challenge and took a vital step towards World Cup glory.

Match Summary

Pool C | Wales 32:26 Fiji

Wales Scores:

TRIES Josh Adams (7′), George North (29′), Louis Rees-Zammit (48′), Elliot Dee (66′)
CONV Dan Biggar (30′, 49′, 67′)
PENS Dan Biggar (2′, 24′)

Fiji Scores:

TRIES Waisea Nayacalevu (13′), Lekima Tagitagivalu (17′), Josua Tuisova (73′), Mesake Doge (78′)
CONV Frank Lomani (15′, 18′), Teti Tela (73′)


Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux


Matthew Carley

Man of the match:

Dan Biggar (Wales)


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