The Pacific Islanders made the proper begin as Josua Tuisova produced a superb solo end to attain a fourth-minute strive.
Fiji then took benefit of a yellow card for Wales hooker Ken Owens shortly after and Kini Murimurivalu added a second.
After its early scare, and with Fijian lock Tevita Cavubati within the sin bin, Wales bought on the board via Adams after he gathered an expertly judged cross kick from Dan Biggar on 17 minutes.
In an eventful first half, Fiji was proven one other yellow card — the third in 28 minutes — as Semi Kunatani was penalized for repeated infringements and quite a few warnings.
As soon as once more, Wales wasted no time making Fiji pay as Adams scored his second attempt to put his aspect in entrance.
Fiji began the second half shortly, and its stress finally paid off as flanker James Davies was proven the video games’ fourth yellow card and Fiji took benefit instantly with a penalty strive.
An unsightly collision between two Welsh gamers triggered Biggar to depart for a head damage evaluation earlier than Adams accomplished his hat-trick with one other expertly taken strive.
Wales completed strongly, and Williams wrapped up the bonus-point victory along with his aspect’s fourth strive.
The win ensures that if Wales beats unfancied Uruguay Sunday in its last group sport, it would end high of Pool D.
Regardless of the outcome going in opposition to his group, coach John McKee was happy with the Fijians’ gutsy efficiency.
“I am simply so pleased with the trouble our boys put on this night,” the Kiwi-born coach stated. “They’re taking part in the Six Nations champions, a group that is been no. 1 on this planet this yr and we actually took the sport to them.
“And though we did not get there in the long run, I feel it was an absolute gallant effort all spherical. The gamers have been so dedicated, a number of them are taking part in all over the world however they nonetheless come again to play for Fiji.
“They’re so proud to put on the white jersey and symbolize their folks and also you see the eagerness with which they play in video games like this.”
A victory, however at what value?
Wales’ win over Fiji was a bodily slog, with laborious hits and massive collisions a continuing incidence.
And as a result of bodily nature of the sport the accidents began to pile up.
Biggar suffered a head damage after colliding along with his teammate Williams and each Adams and Jonathan Davies appeared to undergo leg accidents within the buildup to Wales’ third strive.
“Josh Adams did very well,” stated Wales coach Warren Gatland. “We have a troublesome four-day turnaround to Uruguay so I feel the medics are going to be working fairly laborious over the following 24-48 hours.”
“We simply needed to keep within the sport. At 10-Zero down, I feel I might’ve taken that rating line, a bonus level win.
“That was powerful although, they have some unbelievable people and we simply needed to keep in it and the message was ‘hold attempting to play via phases’ as a result of once we get the ball and play via phases, we created alternatives. However we did not do this sufficient. It was a troublesome, bodily, nice sport of rugby.”
Bowing out with heads held excessive
By way of outcomes, it has been a disappointing World Cup marketing campaign for Fiji, which has misplaced three out of its 4 group video games.
Nonetheless, having completed third in Pool D, the Pacific Islanders have assured their place on the World Cup in France in 4 years’ time.
“It is by no means straightforward being with a group coming from a small nation,” stated Fiji captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu. “Leaving your households behind, leaving all the pieces behind and coming to this type of huge marketing campaign.
“It is a number of stress being placed on the boys and I am simply so grateful. They’re simply retaining their heads up regardless that it isn’t a win right this moment, it isn’t the outcome we needed.
“I am nonetheless giving thanks for what the boys did right this moment.”