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Match Report – Fiji push Australia all the way

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Australia had to work hard to get a bonus point win against Fiji. They only got the lead deep in the second half but a yellow card gave them the boost they need to pull away.

At the end the Aussies won the game 39-21.

Australia had a good start almost got a try within seconds but it was Fiji with the first points after working their way back to the Aussies line to get a penalty.

Getting the ball in hand for the first real time saw a great try by Viliame Mata knocking over the Aussies defence like they are dominos.

The Aussies was getting knocked down left right and centre

This gave Fiji a 8-0 lead early on.

Australia struggled to get into the game with Fiji hitting them hard in defence but through a great scrum and some hand to hand Hooper was over the line for the Aussies first points.

This reduced the lead to 8-7 after 18 minutes of the game.

Australia was still giving Fiji too much space and letting them play their game. With two more penalties Fiji extended the lead to 14-7.

Australia finally got back to playing a structured game and through some great hands Hodge got over in the corner.

The conversion was not over keeping Fiji in the lead by 14-12.

Fiji had the perfect start to the second half when Australia made a mistake on attack and a loose pass found Waisea Nayacalevu who ran all the way for another Fiji try.

This gave them a 21-12 lead.

Australia slowly got back in the game first with a penalty and then two tries from the lineout by Latu to give them the lead of 25-21.

With a man down Australia had the extra man and used it well with first sending Samu Kerevi  over before Marika Koroibete got over for his try.

At the end the class of Australia come to the front in the second half to take a bonus point win.

Scorers:

Australia: Tries – Michael Hooper, Reece Hodge, Silatolu Latu, Silatolu Latu, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete Conversions – Christian Lealiifano, Matt Toomua(2), Penalties – Reece Hodge

Fiji: Tries – Peceli Yato, Waisea Nayacalevu Conversions – Ben Volavola Penalties – Ben Volavola(3)

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