Cuthbert try as Wales down Tonga

Cuthbert try as Wales down Tonga

Cuthbert try as Wales down Tonga

Wales opened their account with a straight-forward 24-6 victory over Tonga here at Eden Park, with an Alex Cuthbert try in the first half followed by a penalty try in the final minute to add to the 14 points scored by fly-half Sam Davies.

Cuthbert's withdrawal and the departure of Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill and Gareth Davies to join the British and Irish Lions squad leaves Wales short-handed. It's a shame he's had to leave us at this juncture.

Wales' squad to face Tonga featured nine uncapped players and more debutants are likely with McBryde now shorn of five further players who started the first Test of their two-game tour.

"He's also been a great influence off the field with the younger players in the squad".

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"I was very pleased for Sam Davies, there was a big pressure kick in the second half but he got it over".

The match, serving as the curtain-raiser for the All Blacks-Samoa Test later on Friday, was originally scheduled to be played in Nuku'alofa but was relocated to New Zealand after facilities in the Tongan capital were deemed inadequate. They posed threats, but I felt we looked really comfortable.

However, Wales were in control from the outset and winger Cuthbert was twice denied tries after television reviews, once when he was forced into touch by prop Latu Talakai and the second time when he knocked on.

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