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SUPER STAT @nemani_nadolo converts Ben Volavola's try to score the 15,000th point in RWC history #AUSvFJI #stats pic.twitter.com/rXHeL8s8EI— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 23, 2015
SUPER STAT @nemani_nadolo converts Ben Volavola's try to score the 15,000th point in RWC history #AUSvFJI #stats pic.twitter.com/rXHeL8s8EI
ON THE CHARGE @nemani_nadolo is not the easiest man to bring down as he goes full pelt down the wing #AUSvFJI pic.twitter.com/tERNyPcgda— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 23, 2015
ON THE CHARGE @nemani_nadolo is not the easiest man to bring down as he goes full pelt down the wing #AUSvFJI pic.twitter.com/tERNyPcgda
Kepu the feet of the big man?? came from dominate wallaby attack, backing each other & taking on defence line.. finding mismatch 1on1s— James O'Connor (@JamesOConnor832) September 23, 2015
Kepu the feet of the big man?? came from dominate wallaby attack, backing each other & taking on defence line.. finding mismatch 1on1s
30 secondes stable pic.twitter.com/Q9W7v2Qeho— philippe (@philousports) September 23, 2015
30 secondes stable pic.twitter.com/Q9W7v2Qeho
AUSTRALIA 28 FIJI 13
Into injury time and the Wallabies are pushing for the try that would give them a bonus point.
Penalty to Australia after a powerful scrum and that looks all she wrote.
The referee forced to reset the scrum a number of times as the Aussies look content to wind down the clock.
A forward pass brings an end to some great play from Fiji, who have given their all against the swarming Aussie defence tonight.
Fiji approaching the try line now as they continue to go to the back line but Australia's impressive defence continues.
Tevita Kuridrani sent to the sin bin after not rolling away from the ruck. Penalty to Fiji inside the 22 and they opt for a scrum.
Fiji sending it through the hands every chance they get. Volavola kicks for the corner and earns a line out in the Australian half after Nick Phipps got a touch on it.
PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. Foley kicks over to put the Aussies 15 points up and take the sting out of a mini revival from the Islanders.
That break in play seems to have allowed the Aussies to regain their composure and they win a penalty after dominating a scrum inside the Fijian half.
James Slipper leaves the field almost as quick as he entered it after a collision with Peceli Yato sees the veteran knocked out cold.
Fiji looking dangerous now as they turn over another Aussie line out. The Wallabies defence stands firm though and force another turnover at the breakdown.
Great response from Australia as they win a line out deep in Fijian territory and prepare for another driving maul that has served them so well. Fiji turn it over though and make a clearance.
CONVERSION, FIJI, NADOLO. Nadolo kicks over the conversion from right in front. Can Fiji find a way back into it?
TRY, FIJI, VOLAVOLA. Fiji finally get the breakthrough after some great pressure in the 22 as Ben Volavola sells an excellent dummy to go post Foley and score under the posts.
Another penalty allows Fiji into the Australians five-meter line for the first time this half. Fiji set up the maul and look for an opening.
The Wallabies manage to clear but it comes straight back from Fiji, who are protecting possession and going through the phases well.
Australia losing discipline at the breakdown once more as Hooper is penalised for being off his feet, allowing Fiji to set up an attacking line out from the penalty.
Fiji don't find touch with their penalty, allowing it to come straight back from Folau, who has been all over the place tonight.
Sloppy handling really letting the Islanders down at the moment and they are failing to capitalise on what looks like a complacent Wallabies defence.
The Fijians finally get a chance to run in open field. Pocock, though, has been too good at the breakdown today to allow them to go through the phases and forces yet another turnover.
Fiji coming back into it slightly after creating some turnovers at the breakdown, but they are yet to put any pressure on the Australian back line.
PENALTY, FIJI, NADOLO. Fiji pull a couple of points back as Nadolo kicks over from just inside the 22.
Australia create the first turnover from a line out but hand it straight back for an indiscretion at the ruck, giving away a penalty.
CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 26-3. Foley kicks over to increase the Wallabies lead.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, KEPO. 23-3. Australia go through the phases and break down an increasingly weary Fijian defence as Sekope Kepu crashes over for the try.
The second-half starts much as the first ended, with Australia forcing turnovers at the breakdown, Michael Hooper the fetcher on this occasion.
And we're back underway at the Millennium Stadium as Australia get the second-half underway.
AUSTRALIA 18 FIJI 3. Solid showing from the Aussies in the first-half while Fiji will have to do a lot more if they are going to get back into the game. Join us after the break for the second half.
Australia continuing to run the ball well as we approach half-time and come close to grabbing another try but Folau's grubber is just in front of Ashley-Cooper and goes into touch.
PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 18-3 to the Wallabies now as Foley kicks over from just outside the 22.
Fiji get a chance to break as Matawalu feeds Nadolo down the wing but a great tackle and turnover from Folau earns Australia penalty.
Australia looking full of energy against the 14 man Fijian side, who appear despondent after another poor effort defending the maul for the try.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, POCOCK. The Wallabies making mincemeat of the Fiji pack as they go over for another try from a driving maul.
Campese Ma'afu sent to the sin bin after committing another offence at the breakdown.
CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. Bernard Foley adds the extras from a tight angle to put the Wallabies up by seven.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, POCOCK. The Wallabies just too strong for Fiji as they push over for the first try of the game, David Pocock going over the whitewash.
The Wallabies coming closer to the opening try now, forcing Fiji to defend some excellent driving mauls and making the most of the Islanders indiscipline at the breakdown.
The Fijians get a head of steam up after a line out as Nikola Matawalu breaks the line and tries to find Nakolo but an excellent turnover from Ashley-Cooper allows the Wallabies to clear.
PENALTY, FIJI, NADOLO. 3-3 Scores are level now as Nadolo makes no mistake from right in front of the posts.
Another penalty awarded to Fiji for offside and this time they opt for the points.
Fiji causing all sorts of problems from the line out, driving the Australians back and winning a penalty within range, but they opt for the gutsy call and set up another line out.
It's all happening now! A fantastic scrum from Fiji earns them a penalty and results in both sides engaging in a bit of argy bargy!
Fiji looking dangerous when the get the ball to the backs and the Islanders are looking to speed up the game whenever they get the opportunity.
Defensive line out for Australia inside the five meter line is executed as Matti Giteau's trusty left-boot gets his team out of trouble as it has done many times before.
Australia swinging it wide whenever the get the chance but Fiji's defence at the breakdown looks to be slowing the ball down and forcing a number of turnovers.
PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 3-0. Foley kicks it over from right in front to give Australia the early lead.
Australia blow the chance to grab the first try as Rob Horne can't hang onto Bernard Foley's flat pass. But an offside call allows the Wallabies their first shot at goal of the game.
A poor kick from Adam Ashley-Cooper goes straight into touch and allows Fiji the chance to attack from a set-piece for the first time tonight, but some poor handling sees the loose ball punted forward by Israel Folau.
Nayacalevu's night is over as he is replaced by Asaeli Tikoirotuma.
The Wallabies looking for an early opening as they push the Fijians deep into their half but a good turnover at the ruck allows Nemani Nadolo to clear into touch.
Positive start for Australia as the look to go through the hands early on and Rob Horne is forced into touch.
A stoppage early on now as Michael Hooper brings down Waisea Nayacalevu and the winger falls awkwardly on his knee.
Referee Glen Jackson blows his whistle to get the first-half under way as Fiji kick off playing from left to right.
Hello and Welcome to our coverage of the Rugby World Cup 2016 Pool A clash between Fiji and Japan at the Millennium Stadium. The Aussies are the only team in the Pool yet to play in the showpiece and will fancy their chances against a Fiji outfit that lost 35-12 to England in their opener.
Australia will open their account at the World Cup having picked a starting lineup featuring no less than seven World Cup debutants. Quade Cooper is the most notable absentee as coach Michael Cheika prefers Bernard Foley at fly-half while influential scrum-half Will Genia has recovered from an injury that has kept him out since July to start. Brumbies flanker David Pocock moves to number eight for the match as the Wallabies go in search of their ninth win over Fiji.
Fiji have made four changes from the side that came up short against England as coach John McKee looks to freshen up his forward pack, bringing in Netani Talei, Tevita Cavubati and Tuapati Talemaitoga. Dominiko Waqaniburotu will be unavailable after his suspension for a dangerous tackle against England, leaving much of the loose forward work to influential flanker Peceli Yato.
Anticipation building now as the anthems ring out in front of a packed Millennium Stadium. Australia in their historic gold and green with Fiji in white and black.
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