Below par Wales held to draw
Fiji fly-half Seremaia Bai kicked a last-gasp penalty to earn his side a deserved 16-16 draw against a mediocre Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
The hosts trailed 13-6 at half-time as Fiji threatened a repeat of their stunning 38-34 World Cup pool stage victory in Nantes three years ago. Although Wales wiped out the deficit and went ahead, Fiji fly-half Seremaia Bai gave his team a deserved draw by landing a penalty with the game's final kick.
Coach Warren Gatland saw Wales manufacture a second-half penalty try, plus a conversion and penalty from Stephen Jones following two earlier Dan Biggar penalties. Centre Albert Vulivuli scored a converted try for the South Sea Islanders, while Bai kicked two penalties, with full-back Josh Matavesi adding the other.
Gatland's decision to make nine changes following the South Africa clash backfired spectacularly, but in Gatland's defence he was badly let down by a number of players with considerable international experience.
Biggar booted Wales ahead from short range after Fiji's backs drifted offside, and he restored their three-point advantage following Bai's equalising strike, and it came after Castres fly-half Bai was sin-binned by French referee Jerome Garces.
The official was left with little option following a dangerous tackle on Wales wing Aled Brew, and with Bai off, Fiji handed goalkicking duties to Matavesi and he did not disappoint, slotting a long-range penalty to tie the game at 6-6 after 25 minutes.
The visitors stunned Wales by scoring a try three minutes before the break that had its origins in poor Welsh lineout work. Number eight Sisa Koyamaibole gathered possession and after he was hauled down just short of the line, quick recycling work ended in Vulivuli touching down, with Bai adding the extras.
It took Gatland just six minutes of the second period to summon his four high-profile substitutes: Jones, Mike Phillips, Tom Shanklin and Bradley Davies and taking off Biggar, Richie Rees, Andrew Bishop and Ian Gough.
Wales, with Phillips and Jones calling the shots, went back to basics and turned the screw in the scrum, which resulted in a 57th-minute penalty try, converted by Jones.
Jones then kicked a penalty to inch Wales in front, which looked as though it would be the final scoring act of a match that raised far more questions than it provided answers for Gatland, his players and a crowd of just over 52,000. But Bai had other ideas, slotting an equalising penalty with the final kick of the game.