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As it happened: Australia 28-13 Fiji

2015-09-23 17:30
Last Updated at 19:22
23 Sep 19:34

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23 Sep 19:31
It's not to be! A determined second half display from Fiji gives them a very respectable scoreline. Its finishes Australia 28-13 Fiji. 
23 Sep 19:30
80' Australia will have one last go at securing the bonus point that England got against Fiji.
23 Sep 19:27
78' 14 phases later Fiji run out of space and throw a forward pass. That was decent though! Their second half performance has been really impressive. 
23 Sep 19:24
75' Here we go. Fiji scrum 10m out. Early push. Free kick to Fiji who tap and go...
23 Sep 19:22
73' Penalty Fiji and Kuridrani goes to the bin for the Wallabies after lying all over the ball. Fiji going for the scrum. 
23 Sep 19:21
73' Fiji giving it another go here from a rolling maul. 10m out. 
23 Sep 19:18
70' Foley kicks the penalty and extends the lead to 28-13. That's the killer blow for Fiji. 
23 Sep 19:17
69' Australia win the scrum penalty. No messing about here as Foley lines up the 3-pointer. That's a sign of how well Fiji have done to get back into this. 
23 Sep 19:16
68' Crowd getting on Glen Jackson's back a bit here for blowing up Fiji for a knock-on after an Aussie knock-on. Advantage was played though. 
23 Sep 19:13
67' And just as you started thinking about a comeback, David Pocock forces the turnover. Penalty to Australia for holding on. 
23 Sep 19:11
66' Fiji win their 3rd Aussie lineout in a row! They've got a spring in their step now! 
23 Sep 19:10
64' Fiji win the lineout against the throw but have only found a few extra metres with the touch finder. Pressure still on. 
23 Sep 19:09
63' Australia come back strong, gaining distance through a number of strong phases. They win he penalty after a high tackle. Line-out. 
23 Sep 19:08
60' The conversion is good too! Australia 25-13 Fiji. 
23 Sep 19:07
60' A fantastic individual effort from flyhalf Ben Volavola, who receives the ball and backs himself! A beautiful line break before he is tackled over the line! 
23 Sep 19:06
23 Sep 19:04
58' Fiji put together possibly their best passage of play that culminates in a penalty after Greg Holmes didn't roll away. Fiji opt for a lineout. 
23 Sep 19:02
56' This time Matawula makes no mistake and Fiji have an attacking lineout!
23 Sep 19:01
55' Fiji have a penalty on the half way line and then miss touch. Talk about not doing yourself any favours. 
23 Sep 18:59
54' You have to give it to Fiji ... it may be low percentage rugby but when those passes come off it is worth watching! 
23 Sep 18:58
52' Fiji put together one of their better attacks and break into Australia's half. But Pocock steals the ball away in a second and the momentum is lost. It's always Pocock. 
23 Sep 18:56
50' Fiji try to get an attack going but the pass is over Nadolo and he can't reach it. That takes some doing! 
23 Sep 18:55
49' Campese Ma'afu is immense on the ground as Fiji when a penalty inside their own half. 
23 Sep 18:53
47' Nadolo slots the penalty and Fiji disrupt the scoreboard! Australia 25-6 Fiji. 
23 Sep 18:51
46' Fiji lose their first lineout of the game and here come Australia. But the Wallabies are penalised for holding on and Fiji are going to have a shot at goal. 
23 Sep 18:50
45' Not the best start to the half for Fiji ... and it could be a long, long 35 minutes ahead for them. 
23 Sep 18:50
44' Foley adds the extra two. 
23 Sep 18:49
43' TRY Australia attack from the lineout, go through a few phases and then BOOM! Tighthead Sekope Kepu barges his way through two tackles to score! 
23 Sep 18:47
42' Australia penalty early on. It's Michael Hooper again who forces the turnover. 
23 Sep 18:46
Second half underway as Bernard Foley kicks off!
23 Sep 18:33
We'll be back in a few to give you LIVE COVERAGE of the second half ...
23 Sep 18:33
Australia, meanwhile, are all on the same page. Their lineouts are running like clockwork and they are destroying Fiji at the breakdown. 
23 Sep 18:32
You can see that Fiji want to play attacking, entertaining rugby. But you still have to look after the ball and be disciplined, and they have done neither of those things. 
23 Sep 18:31
HT: Nadolo kicks it out and it's half time. Australia have been clinical. They lead 18-3. 
23 Sep 18:30
40' Fiji lucky to not concede there after giving the ball away. They have no cohesion at the moment ... just throwing the ball all over the park hoping someone is going to get on the end of it. 
23 Sep 18:28
38' Foley is accurate this time and Australia add 3 points to their lead. It's now 18-3. 
23 Sep 18:27
37' Australia win another penalty at the breakdown as a few Fijians come in in from the side. 
23 Sep 18:26
36' Nadolo breaks for Fiji but is penalised for holding on. 
23 Sep 18:24
35' Fiji get a breather after a Will Genia knock-on. 
23 Sep 18:23
34' The Wallabies are looking very organised in most departments. 
23 Sep 18:22
33' Foley shanks the conversion horribly. Australia 15-3 Fiji. 
23 Sep 18:21
31' Much the same as the first. Rolling maul, Fiji out-muscled and Pocock grabs his second of the night. 
23 Sep 18:21
23 Sep 18:20
31' Australia set up another attacking lineout ...
23 Sep 18:20
30' Manasa Saulo is yellow carded for Fiji for kicking the ball away at the ruck. 
  • 81'


  • 80'

    Into injury time and the Wallabies are pushing for the try that would give them a bonus point.

  • 79'

    Penalty to Australia after a powerful scrum and that looks all she wrote.

  • 78'

    The referee forced to reset the scrum a number of times as the Aussies look content to wind down the clock.

  • 77'

    A forward pass brings an end to some great play from Fiji, who have given their all against the swarming Aussie defence tonight.

  • 74'

    Fiji approaching the try line now as they continue to go to the back line but Australia's impressive defence continues.

  • 73'

    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.

  • 71'

    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.

  • 69'

    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.

  • 67'

    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.

  • 66'

    James Slipper leaves the field almost as quick as he entered it after a collision with Peceli Yato sees the veteran knocked out cold.

  • 65'

    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.

  • 62'

    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.

  • 61'

    CONVERSION, FIJI, NADOLO. Nadolo kicks over the conversion from right in front. Can Fiji find a way back into it?

  • 60'

    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.

  • 59'

    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.

  • 57'

    The Wallabies manage to clear but it comes straight back from Fiji, who are protecting possession and going through the phases well.

  • 57'

    The Wallabies manage to clear but it comes straight back from Fiji, who are protecting possession and going through the phases well.

  • 56'

    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.

  • 54'

    Fiji don't find touch with their penalty, allowing it to come straight back from Folau, who has been all over the place tonight.

  • 52'

    Sloppy handling really letting the Islanders down at the moment and they are failing to capitalise on what looks like a complacent Wallabies defence.

  • 50'

    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.

  • 48'

    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.

  • 46'

    PENALTY, FIJI, NADOLO. Fiji pull a couple of points back as Nadolo kicks over from just inside the 22.

  • 45'

    Australia create the first turnover from a line out but hand it straight back for an indiscretion at the ruck, giving away a penalty.

  • 44'

    CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 26-3. Foley kicks over to increase the Wallabies lead.

  • 43'

    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.

  • 42'

    The second-half starts much as the first ended, with Australia forcing turnovers at the breakdown, Michael Hooper the fetcher on this occasion.

  • 41'

    And we're back underway at the Millennium Stadium as Australia get the second-half underway.

  • 40'

    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.

  • 39'

    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.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 18-3 to the Wallabies now as Foley kicks over from just outside the 22.

  • 35'

    Fiji get a chance to break as Matawalu feeds Nadolo down the wing but a great tackle and turnover from Folau earns Australia penalty.

  • 33'

    Australia looking full of energy against the 14 man Fijian side, who appear despondent after another poor effort defending the maul for the try.

  • 31'

    TRY, AUSTRALIA, POCOCK. The Wallabies making mincemeat of the Fiji pack as they go over for another try from a driving maul.

  • 28'

    Campese Ma'afu sent to the sin bin after committing another offence at the breakdown.

  • 27'

    CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. Bernard Foley adds the extras from a tight angle to put the Wallabies up by seven.

  • 26'

    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.

  • 25'

    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.

  • 24'

    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.

  • 22'

    PENALTY, FIJI, NADOLO. 3-3 Scores are level now as Nadolo makes no mistake from right in front of the posts.

  • 21'

    Another penalty awarded to Fiji for offside and this time they opt for the points.

  • 19'

    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.

  • 17'

    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!

  • 16'

    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.

  • 14'

    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.

  • 11'

    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.

  • 9'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 3-0. Foley kicks it over from right in front to give Australia the early lead.

  • 8'

    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.

  • 6'

    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.

  • 5'

    Nayacalevu's night is over as he is replaced by Asaeli Tikoirotuma.

  • 3'

    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.

  • 2'

    Positive start for Australia as the look to go through the hands early on and Rob Horne is forced into touch.

  • 2'

    A stoppage early on now as Michael Hooper brings down Waisea Nayacalevu and the winger falls awkwardly on his knee.

  • 1'

    Referee Glen Jackson blows his whistle to get the first-half under way as Fiji kick off playing from left to right.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

Jump to

Australia Fiji
  • 3 Tries 1
    • 25' David Pocock
    • 30' David Pocock
    • 42' Sekope Kepu
    • 59' Ben Volavola
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 27' Bernard Foley
    • 43' Bernard Foley
    • 60' Nemani Nadolo
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 9' Bernard Foley
    • 37' Bernard Foley
    • 69' Bernard Foley
    • 20' Nemani Nadolo
    • 46' Nemani Nadolo
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 72' Tevita Kuridrani
    • 29' Campese Ma''afu
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Scott Sio
  • Stephen Moore
  • Sekope Kepu
  • Kane Douglas
  • Rob Simmons
  • Scott Fardy
  • Michael Hooper
  • David Pocock
  • Will Genia
  • Bernard Foley
  • Rob Horne
  • Matt Giteau
  • Tevita Kuridrani
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • Israel Folau
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Campese Ma'afu
  • Talemaitoga Tuapati
  • Manasa Saulo
  • Tevita Cavubati
  • Leone Nakarawa
  • Peceli Yato
  • Akapusi Qera
  • Netani Talei
  • Nikola Matawalu
  • Ben Volavola
  • Nemani Nadolo
  • Gabiriele Lovobalavu
  • Vereniki Goneva
  • Waisea Nayacalevu
  • Metuisela Talebula
  • Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • James Slipper
  • Greg Holmes
  • Will Skelton
  • Dean Mumm
  • Nick Phipps
  • Matt Toomua
  • Kurtley Beale
  • 16
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  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Viliame Veikoso
  • Peni Ravai
  • Isei Colati
  • Nemia Soqeta
  • Malakai Ravulo
  • Nemia Kenatale
  • Josh Matavesi
  • Asaeli Tikoirotuma

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