RWC 2015

Fiji 13 – 28 Australia: Wallabies brush off gallant Fijians

Australia kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 28-13 victory over Fiji in Cardiff. Pool A rivals England and Wales will have been delighted by Fiji’s stern second-half resistance as Australia, 25-3 ahead three minutes into the second half, failed to prosper from a position of strength. England claimed a bonus point against Fiji […]

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September 24, 2015 7:26 am

Australia kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 28-13 victory over Fiji in Cardiff.

Pool A rivals England and Wales will have been delighted by Fiji’s stern second-half resistance as Australia, 25-3 ahead three minutes into the second half, failed to prosper from a position of strength.

England claimed a bonus point against Fiji in their tournament opener at Twickenham, albeit in the final seconds, and Australia must improve when they meet the real heavyweights of this section.

Fiji are almost certainly the first team to perish in the so-called Pool of Death after their opening two games, but the South Sea Islanders can hold their heads high after outplaying Australia in the second half only five days after their Twickenham showing.

There was huge support for Fiji among a 67,000-plus crowd at the Millennium Stadium and Ben Volavola’s second-half try was greeted with the sort of roar normally reserved for Wales tries in Cardiff.

But David Pocock’s brace in the space of four first-half minutes and Sekope Kepu’s try just after the break ensured Australia would get off to a winning start.

Australia chose to play a dynamic game with their two openside stars, Pocock and Michael Hooper, in the back row and they hit the ground running as Fiji were forced to retreat.

Fiji were without back-row forward Dominiko Waqaniburotu, suspended after being cited for a dangerous tackle on England’s Jonny May, and they lost wing Waisea Nayacalevu to injury within minutes of the first whistle.

Australia’s approach was to get the ball whenever they could and in Israel Folau they had a full-back willing to enter the line at all times and determined to cause danger.

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