By ANA VURU
A 14-men Vodafone Flying Fijians side lost 13-17 in their second Europe Tour Test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium after coming so close to causing an upset in a scrappy match.
A high tempo start by both sides led to a try by Welsh winger George North in the first five minutes after an overlap.
Fellow winger Alex Cuthbert added to the scoresheet in the 19th minute after good work inside him by flyhalf Rhys Priestland, for the Welsh to lead 10-0.
Fiji then replied through two Nemani Nadolo penalties to trail 6-10, before prop Campese Maafu was sinbinned for collapsing a maul. The Welsh were then awarded a penalty try after repeated Fijian infringements near their tryline, Wales 17-6.
Wales led at half-time 17-6.
After the breather, the game entered a scrappy period with a lot of back and forth exchanges.
Maafu copped his second yellow card and a subsequent red after pulling a Welsh player down in a lineout.
In the 71st minute Wales appeared to have scored through Number 8 Taulupe Faletau only for replays to show that fullback Liam Williams knocked on before his final pass.
With three minutes to go, Nemani Nadolo scored an intercept try with Wales hot on attack outside the Fiji 22 metre line. He converted for the Fijians to trail 13-17.
With a minute to go, Fiji went on attack again, only for the Welsh to kick the ball out after the full-time whistle.
Fiji enjoyed tonnes of possession, but were often let down by poor decision making and execution.
Fiji go on to play the U.S.A in the final tour match next week, while the Welsh meet the All Blacks.