Wales' Pacific slump

Pacific Barbarians 36 Wales 16
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Wales were given a rude awakening by the Pacific Barbarians after their win against Japan in the first Test.

With 14 changes from the team that hammered Japan on Sunday, Wales were stunned by a Barbarians side that included a host of former All Blacks and ran in two tries in the first seven minutes.

The Barbarians continued to dominate but only led 17-16 at half-time, thanks to spirited defence from Wales.

The Llanelli winger Mark Jones was the best player on the pitch for the Welsh, scoring their only try and breaking through on several occasions. But the tourists showed their frustration at being frequently overwhelmed by a well-organised pack as punches were thrown in the second half and captain Chris Stephens was sent to the sin-bin.

Afterwards, the Wales coach Lynn Howells said: "The oldest player on our side today was 24. It's a big task for our youngsters to go up against lads who have experience playing for New Zealand. Obviously I'm disappointed with the result, but I'm very pleased with the boys' attitude."

Pacific Barbarians: Tries Mafileo, Little, Washington, Byers; Conversions Cashmore 2; Penalties Cashmore 4. Wales: Tries M Jones; Conversions Jarvis; Penalties Jarvis 3.

PACIFIC BARBARIANS: Cashmore; Mafileo, Matson, Parkinson, Pennefather; Little, Bachop; Kitasako, Sexton, Jung-Pyo, Washington, Riechelmann, Miuchi, Smith, Pene. Replacements: Sato, Oguchi, Parker, Mika, Gillespie, Maisey, Byers.

WALES: R Williams (Cardiff); G Wyatt (Pontypridd), J Robinson (Cardiff), Shanklin (Saracens), M Jones (Llanelli); Jarvis (Neath), Peel (Llanelli); Booth (Llanelli), Nelson (Bristol), C Jones (Newport), A Jones (Cardiff), Stephens (Bridgend, capt), Popham (Newport), Ringer (Bridgend), Owen (Pontypridd). Replacements: S Jones (Neath), Evans (Swansea), D Jones (Neath), Lloyd (Bath), Sowden-Taylor (Cardiff), Powell (Cardiff), Henson (Swansea).

Referee: A Cole (Australia).

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