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Gatland relieved with Fiji win

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji's scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji’s scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland was relieved to get a win over Fiji despite missing out on a bonus point in a thrilling game in Cardiff.

The Welsh looked well-set to pick up maximum points when they led 17-3 after half an hour, with two tries under their belts.

However from there Fiji grew into the game, and even threatened an upset when they got back to within four points early in the second half.

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Bonus point win eludes Wales in bruising match

Wales players show exhaustion more than celebration after the final whistle. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales players show exhaustion more than celebration after the final whistle. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales beat Fiji 23-13 at the Millennium Stadium but failure to secure a bonus point win means their Pool A fate is far from certain

Never mind a bonus point, Wales will be mightily relieved to escape from the Millennium Stadium with a victory after a compelling and frantic World Cup dust-up with Fiji.

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Wales focus on available players

Wales skipper Sam Warburton says Fiji has improved from the team that Wales defeated 66-0 in 2011. Photo: World Rugby

Wales skipper Sam Warburton says Fiji has improved from the team that Wales defeated 66-0 in 2011. Photo: World Rugby

CARDIFF – They might have been decimated by injury, but Wales will forget all about their unprecedented misfortune if they make it three successive Pool A victories, at the expense of Fiji, in the Millennium Stadium on Thursday (Friday morning FT).

Having arrived at Rugby World Cup 2015 without his irrepressible full-back and goal-kicker Leigh Halfpenny, first-choice scrum-half Rhys Webb and centre Jonathan Davies, coach Warren Gatland has since lost Corey Allen to a hamstring tear and Scott Williams and Hallam Amos to knee and shoulder injuries respectively.

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Columnist more nervous about Fiji than England showdown

The former Welsh skipper says he is already ’emotionally exhausted’ from watching Wales do battle in this nightmare World Cup group

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

This really is a brutal group. We are barely halfway through the pool matches and I am emotionally exhausted from just watching.

Somehow, the players must gather themselves for a very different challenge against Fiji, but it’s far easier to do that after a win.

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Gatland keeps charges honest

Warren Gatland and Attack coach Rob Howley keeping the Wales players work in training. Photo: WalesOnline

Warren Gatland and Attack coach Rob Howley keeping the Wales players work in training. Photo: WalesOnline

Gatland says management have made Wales’ players aware they will be looking their GPS numbers and body language in training

Warren Gatland has read the riot act ahead of Wales’ vital World Cup clash with Fiji by revealing he’s prepared to drop anybody shirking in training.

The Wales coach made just three changes to the side that beat England 28-25 at Twickenham last weekend in Pool A to inspire the nation with a real backs to the wall job.

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Wales’ World Cup injury woes – who are walking wounded?

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Warren Gatland’s squad have been decimated by injuries and KOs this tournament. Here’s a breakdown of their wounded camp!

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Consider longer turnarounds, says Gatland

Wales players gets attention from their medics during the match against England at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images

Wales players get attention from their medics during the match against England at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images

World Cup organisers should address the short turnaround between some matches, says Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

Wales face Fiji on Thursday having had only four days to recover from their bruising win against England.

Gatland will not use it as an excuse during this World Cup but believes it is an issue which needs to be addressed in the long term.

“It’s something we all need to be aware of because it’s a pretty brutal game at the moment,” he said.

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