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Williams eyes Fiji boost

Wales will target their first win of the autumn internationals against Fiji on Friday night, and flanker Martyn Williams admits: "It is a massive game".

With New Zealand looming in 12 days' time, Wales are facing a November whitewash unless they can overcome their 2007 World Cup conquerors.

"We've lost the first two games of the autumn (against Australia and South Africa), which is desperately disappointing," said Williams. "Quite a few of us know you don't underestimate Fiji - they are a quality side, very dangerous. It's a massive game for us."

Wales led the Springboks 20-9 early in the second period, courtesy of tries by teenage debutant wing George North and centre James Hook, but even after North added his second touchdown, South Africa still prevailed.

"It was so close, yet so far," added Williams. "It was a game we should have won, given we were that far in front. It's very disappointing.

"I wish something would go our way. You can't fault the boys for effort. We held our own, but little things went against us.

"At half-time we said the game was far from over. In all fairness to South Africa, they turned the screw on us during that 20-minute spell in the second half and it was very difficult to get the ball back off them.

"They were very clinical and precise, and scored two tries at a very important time. Maybe the best sides in the world would have scored at the end. We went through enough phases, but they know how to defend.

"We don't know how to finish a game off at the moment, but we are getting there. I don't think it is psychological - I felt the 50-50 calls didn't go our way."


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