Rugby L


Hello again. The Rugby League World Cup's second week reaches a conclusion with Wales v Fiji. Having just stepped over from PNG-Ireland, for me the game of the tournament so far, there are some fair old heights to be reached. Fiji are nothing if not entertainment though, so I'm hopeful.

Wales were a shower last week and copped a hiding off PNG. The trouble for them is that Fiji are (theoretically at least) a big step up on the Kumuls. Fiji strolled by the United States and, while Wales are a step up on the Americans, the Bati should have way too much.

Wales have made some fairly wholesale changes: Christiaan Roets, Dalton Grant, Danny Ansell, Joe Burke and Matthew Barron, with Dalton Grant in at halfback probably the most important. All of those 5 are from the English lower divisions.

On the other hand... Fiji's backline reads like this: Kevin Naiqama, Akuila Uate, Suliasi Vunivalu, Taane Milne and Marcelo Montaya, and that's before you get to Jarryd Hayne in the halves. That's a former 3 time NRL winger of the year, the current NRL top tryscorer and a double Dally M Medallist. Pray. For. Wales.

Speaking of praying, Fiji's pre-match hymn is underway. It's beautiful, as ever.

0' Chris Kendall is our ref and he gets the slaughter, I mean match, underway. Wales kick us off.

2' Wales holding up well so far.

4' Henry Raiwalui kicks and Regan Grace, now shorn of his ludicrous hightop fade, kicks dead.


Eloni Vunakece runs straight through Craig Kopczak and under the posts. Not a good start for Wales.