Wales gained their first victory since last season's Six Nations Championship by predictably subduing Millennium Stadium visitors Fiji - but there was little to worry world champions New Zealand.
The All Blacks will roll into Cardiff next week for the latest instalment in a fixture they have not lost for 61 years.
And Wales will need to considerably up the ante after a stop-start display against 14-man Fiji saw them triumph through tries by wings George North and Alex Cuthbert, plus a penalty try, while Rhys Priestland kicked one conversion.
Centre Nemani Nadolo kicked two first-half penalties and converted his late interception try for the visitors, who had prop Campese Ma'afu sent off early in the second period on receipt of a second yellow card.
Wales were at their most effective when they kept things simple - as underlined through North and Cuthbert both being beneficiaries of well-executed attacking moves - but mistakes riddled a dire second-half effort.
Wales did not score a point after the 39th minute, and it was Fiji who claimed a moral victory against a Wales side they will meet again during the pool stages of next year's World Cup.
For Wales coach Warren Gatland, it is a case of back to the drawing board as New Zealand loom large, but on this latest evidence, it is a game the All Blacks should win comfortably.
Gatland made eight changes from the side beaten 33-28 by Australia last Saturday, which included starts for Priestland, centre Scott Williams, hooker Scott Baldwin and flanker Justin Tipuric.
"We'll take the win but I'm disappointed in the performance," said captain Gethin Jenkins.
"We lacked a lot of basic skills and lost the ball too often."
Scorers - Wales: G North try; A Cuthbert try, pen; R Priestland con. Fiji: N Nadolo try, two pens, con.
Wales: L Williams; A Cuthbert, S Williams, J Roberts, G North; R Priestland, M Phillips; G Jenkins (R Smith 65), Baldwin, S Lee (R Jones 59), J Davies, Charteris (A W Jones 65), D Lydiate (J King 59), J Tipuric, T Faletau.
Fiji: M Talebula; W Nayacalevu, G Goneva (Nagusa 71), N Nadolo, A Tikoirotuma; J Matavesi, N Matawalu (T Seniloli 71); C Ma'afu, S Koto, M Saulo (N Soqeta 65), L Nakarawa, W Cavubati, D Waqaniburotu (M Ravulo 71), S Matadigo (J Yanuyanutawa 43- 46, 60) A Qera
Referee: P Gauzere (France)
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