Fiji vs Wales Preview

For Fiji they will be certainly hoping to pick up where they left off last week. Wales will be hoping for an easier game than last week. They two sides come into this fixture as polar opposites, Fiji winning big against the US whereas Wales took a battering at the hands of Papau New Guinea.

Fiji were scoring for fun last week, they ran in a total of 11 tries and will firmly believe they can do it again this week. The Fijians racked up 1591 metres in attack, 14 line breaks and 13 offloads. If you are John Kear, those stats make for a tough read, especially when your side only managed, 844 metres, 0 line breaks but an impressive 8 offloads and 1 try.

Fiji: The Bati looked like scoring with every attack, they looked like they had a real point to prove. Jarryd Hayne will have a hidden agenda against the Welsh, he equalled Bob Fulton's "most world cup tries" record last week, so expect plenty of Hayne attacking the line in search of personal glory. Love him or hate him it's an impressive record to hold.

The Fijian centre's, Milne and Uate, put on a masterclass against America. Between them they did it all, 3 tries, 3 try assists and 5 linebreaks in total. Wales will have to be on their game to stop these two improving on those already shining stats. Fiji really spread the ball about and i expect them to do the same on Sunday.

Wales: It's hard to pinpoint a Wales strike player because they spent so little of the game attacking, so I'm going to cover their defence as that was what really let the down in Port Morseby. 3 of the top 5 most missed tackles are Welsh players; Fozzard, Evans and Seamark accumulated a shocking 27 missed tackles between them. This will have to be improved upon otherwise Fiji will run riot for the second week in a row.

There were encouraging signs for the future of Welsh rugby at least with debutant Regan Grace getting a deserved try at the buzzer and his St Helens team mate Morgan Knowles, also on debut, putting in a good performance too earning themselves starting spots for the Dragons again.

Predictions: Fiji will be looking to secure their spot in the quarterfinals a week early. Wales are not going to make it easy for Fiji, but I feel like Wales won't have enough fight in them to prevent the Bati from chalking up another cricket score.

Fiji will utilise their wide players, the strength and skill of Uate, Milne, Vunivalu and Montoya will prove to be too much for the brave Dragons and Fiji will claim the W by 40 plus points.



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