Fiji Vs Wales
Last and no means least, Fiji battle Wales for in the inter-group meeting in week two in Townsville.
Fiji make two changes as both Kane Evans and Korbin Sims are absent, with Eloni Vunakece and Brayden Wiliame coming in.
The Welsh have made more changes as Dalton Grant, Matt Barron, Sam Hopkins, Christian Roets and Danny Ansell are brought in for this one.
Who can blame Wales for so many changes as, let’s face it, the defeat to Papua New Guinea wasn’t easy on the eye for them.
But once again, they are up against it as a select number of Welshmen haven’t had experience at the top level.
But nothing against them there; there’s talent with the likes of Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Michael Channing, Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles but even then, can they revive Wales’ flagging fortunes?
It remains highly doubtful; Fiji hold all the aces here and should bag another win and qualification for the quarter-finals.
Kevin Naiqama will lead by example as skipper plus there’s the likes of Jarrad Hayne, Ashton Sims and Akuila Uate as experienced figures plus youthful ones in Marcelo Montoya, Apisai Koroisau and Tui Kamikamica to lay the platform down further.
Fiji will get the better of Wales and ultimately achieve qualification, even complacency won’t come into the equation here.
Don’t completely discredit Wales, they have dealt their share of surprises in the tournament before, and of course they boast the coach of miracles in John Kear, but this is a bridge too far.
Fiji look better on experience, surroundings, confidence and of course closer to home, all of which will see them to another win.
Prediction: Fiji 42-16 Wales
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