Above: Fiji's winger Vilimoni Delasau is tackled by Wales's prop Duncan Jones during their Rugby Union World Cup Group B match at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France. Fiji beat Wales 38-34 in one of the most thrilling World Cup matches of all-time. -AFP photo.
It was Fiji's first win in nine games against Wales and sees them advance to their first quarter-final since 1987.
According to Fiji's captain, Mosese Rauluni, it was the people of Fiji that made the difference. Captain Mosese Rauluni said the team was inspired by messages of support from back home and a story of a village that went to great lengths to watch the game. Because the satellite dish in their remote village did not pick up World Cup broadcasts, the locals settled on a drastic solution. "One of the villages climbed a mountain with a generator because they couldn't get reception," Rauluni said. "The whole village climbed the mountain and took the generator [and the village's sole TV set I might add ~Pb]. That's the sort of thing we're playing for."
Others in remote parts of the country listened the game by radio in the wee hours of the morning.
"We've always had political problems in the past," Fiji coach Ilie Tabua said after his team's victory at the La Beaujoire stadium. "One thing that unites the people there is rugby. They travel mountains just to watch a rugby game. To unite the people is a great thing for us. It will bring us together as a nation."