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Wales' second string too strong for Tonga

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The Canadian Press
11/22/2013 4:42:04 PM
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CARDIFF -- Wales' second string proved too strong to Tonga as first-half tries by centres Owen Williams and Ashley Beck set up a scrappy 17-7 win for the Six Nations champions at Millennium Stadium on Friday.

Wales coach Warren Gatland rested the majority of his first-choice players ahead of next week's match against Australia and their replacements lacked the fluency to take full advantage of their dominance of possession in Cardiff.

It was still relatively comfortable for the Welsh, though, with Williams taking Leigh Halfpenny's pass and weaving through two tackles to score in the 15th minute and Beck finishing expertly in the left corner in the 24th after George North had made a hole in the Tongan defence.

Halfpenny converted both tries and added a penalty, with Viliami Helu's 33rd-minute try being Tonga's only reply.

Wales scores (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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