Wales ease past Pacific Islanders

Ceri Sweeney converted five Welsh tries including one of his own against the Pacific Islanders which gave coach Gareth Jenkins win his first match since he took charge in April.


Despite Wales making 14 changes from the side which drew Australia 29-29 last week, Wales strolled to a 31-5 lead by halftime. Mark Jones, James Hook, Kevin Morgan and Lee Byrne also crossed for Wales.


Wales outscored the Pacific Islanders by five tries to three and although they led comfortably at the break the Pacific Islanders improved greatly in the second half but not enough to catch up to the Welsh.


Seilala Mapasua and Kameli Ratuvou and Justin Va’a try scored tries but didn’t have enough to match the Welsh team.


Up and coming Welsh star James Hook managed another great performance and even got his name on the score sheet when he scored a try from a Tusi Pisi intercepted pass.


Wales 38 (31)
Tries: M Jones, Hook, Morgan, Byrne, Sweeney
Cons: Sweeney (5)
Pens: Sweney


Pacific Islanders 20 (5)
Tries: Va’a, Mapasua, Ratuvou
Cons: Pisi
Pens: Pisi


Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)


Wales: K Morgan (Dragons); L Byrne (Ospreys), S Parker (Ospreys), J Hook (Ospreys), M Jones (Scarlets); C Sweeney (Dragons), M Phillips (Blues); D Jones (capt, Ospreys), R Thomas (Blues), C Horsman (Worcester), M Owen (Dragons), R Sidoli (Blues), A Wyn Jones (Ospreys), G Thomas Scarlets), A Popham (Scarlets).
Replacements: H Bennett (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), G Jenkins (Blues), J Thomas (Ospreys), G Cooper (Dragons), G Evans (Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys).


Pacific Islanders: Norman Ligairi (Fiji/Brive); Lome Fa’atau (Samoa/Wellington), Seru Rabeni (Fiji/Leicester), Seilala Mapasua (Samoa/London Irish), Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa/London Irish); Tusi Pisi (Samoa/Massey), Moses Rauluni (Fiji/Saracens), Justin Va’a (Saracens/Glasgow), Mahonri Schwalger (Samoa/Wellington), Tevita Taumoepeau (Tonga/Worcester), Simon Raiwalui (Fiji/Saracens, capt), Daniel Leo (Samoa/Wasps), Semo Sititi (Samoa/NTT Docomo Kansai), Nili Latu (Tonga/Bay of Plenty), Hale T-Polei (Tonga/Southland).
Replacements: Aleki Lutui (Tonga/Worcester), Census Johnson (Samoa/Taranaki), Ma’ama Molitika (Tonga/IBM), Epi Taione (Tonga/Sanyo), Junior Poluleuligaga (Samoa/North Harbour), Seremaiai Bai (Fiji/Clermont Auvergne), Kameli Ratuvou (Fiji/Saracens).

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