6th November 2017, 04:07
Reaction: John Kear on Fiji defeat
Wales head coach John Kear couldn't fault the effort of his players in Sunday's Rugby League World Cup 2017 defeat to Fiji.
Despite being level in the early stages following Morgan Knowles' try, Fiji went on to establish a 42-6 lead at half-time.
They then went on to record a further 30 points as Wales fell to their heaviest defeat in a World Cup.
"It is hard to take, but it is what it is and I'm not going to fault the effort of my players," Kear said.
"Perhaps I might question some of the execution and so on, but we came across a side that is packed out with quality NRL players.
"We had three Super League players and a load of young lads who are working their way through the game.
"That quality told and they were comprehensively better than us.
"I thought they played a really good game of rugby league. You've got to congratulate Fiji because, in the first-half, I think they made one error and that was a last tackle play when they ran it.
"If people play football like that against you when they're as big, fast and skillful as they are, then you are in bother.
"PNG was obviously very difficult, but we've come up against a side that have the physicality of PNG and then the skill of a high quality NRL team.
"It's undone us.
"We know where we've let ourselves down but, on the effort scale, I never once felt like they were giving up and that's credit to them."
Wales' final group match is against Ireland in Perth on Sunday.
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