We let fans down - Gatland
Coach Warren Gatland says his Wales side let down the home fans who attended Friday night's dismal 16-all draw with Fiji at the Millennium Stadium.
A last-gasp penalty from Fiji fly-half Seremaia Bai secured the South Sea Islanders a deserved draw in Cardiff, as the tourists revived some painful Welsh memories of the 38-34 defeat they inflicted on their hosts when they dumped them out of the 2007 World Cup.
"We have let them down," said the Kiwi. "We feel a bit embarrassed by the performance. It would have been nice to send the kids and families here away with a win and we were not good enough to do it."
The result will also offer the visitors more than enough encouragement to believe a repeat of their Nantes heroics will be possible when the two sides meet in their final Pool D fixture at next year's World Cup in New Zealand.
Wales' persistent problems at the line-out reared their ugly head while a lack of tactical nous, direction in attack and assertiveness at the breakdown led to a display that must rank as the worst since the New Zealander took charge in the wake of the 2007 World Cup exit.
The 52,335 people at the Millennium Stadium would unquestionably have expected better from their side, and Gatland admitted Wales had let their fans down.
He added: "Our inaccuracy, the turnovers and penalties were very disappointing. Our line-out did not function, we probably kicked the ball away at times when we maybe should have kept hold of it.
"It is a game we should have won. We needed to show patience and composure, it's incredibly disappointing."
Gatland also acknowledged his side need to improve on how they handle the game's perceived lesser lights when changes are made to the starting XV.
"Canada was like that, Samoa was like that," he said. "Games where we have made changes, we have struggled and that is something we need to come to terms with. That was the emphasis on this game. The best teams in the world are ruthless and put these teams away, but the amount of mistakes we made proved to be a costly factor."