Semi Radradra's brutal moment as Fiji go down to Wales at Rugby World Cup

The Fijian flyer couldn't believe what unfolded in the final seconds.

Semi Radradra devastated and Radradra trying to catch the ball.
Fijian flyer Semi Radradra (pictured) came so close to scoring for his nation in the final seconds at the Rugby World Cup. (Images: Twitter)

Fijian flyer Semi Radradra has endured a horror moment in the final seconds of the Rugby World Cup clash against Wales when he could have secured the win after the 80th minute. The former NRL winger was a star at the previous World Cup and had the opportunity to write his name in folklore with seconds to go against Wales.

In what would have been one of rugby's all-time great comebacks, Fiji were 32-14 down but managed to fight back and give themselves a chance at 32-26. And having held onto the ball in Wales territory, the clock ticked past the allotted 80 minutes with Fiji in control and attacking the try line.

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And in the 81st minute, Fiji were hammering the Welsh defence on the line before the ball was pushed wide. In a last-ditch effort, the ball was passed to the wing of Radradra who was unmarked.

While the Fijian winger was unmarked, the pass fell short and bounced towards Radradra. And potentially with one-eye on the defence closing the gap, the centre dropped the ball to end the game and end Fiji's chances of a historic victory.

Radrada sunk to the ground after the knock-on knowing the opportunity had slipped away. With the clash being played in 30C heat, the Welsh players also collapsed after the final whistle. In a classy move, Welsh fullback Liam Williams went over to Radradra to console the Fijian.

Rugby fans were left devastated for Radradra and Fiji as they came so close to toppling Wales in their first group stage game.

Despite the brutal moment to end the game, Radradra enjoyed another strong start to the World Cup having set-up a try and helped Fiji storm back into the match. The game was arguably the match of the round with Fiji still looking to advance from the group.

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Wales winning is a huge victory in a showdown for the top two spots between themselves, Fiji and the Wallabies. During the match, Dan Biggar kicked 12 points to become Wales' all-time Rugby World Cup leading points scorer.

Semi Radradra is disappointed after the game.
Semi Radradra (pictured) was left dejected after the full-time whistle against Wales. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

After the game, Wales captain Jac Morgan was full of praise for the pacific island team. “We made it difficult for ourselves, full praise to Fiji they were excellent, every time they attacked us they caused us problems,” he told Welsh language broadcaster S4C.

“Our discipline let us down, it allowed them to get into our half and put pressure on us. The victory means a lot to us.” Each team scored four-tries each, but the kicking of Biggar was the difference in the contest. The Wallabies will have their hands full in both the group stage encounters with Fiji and Wales.

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