Aussies romp home over Fiji to make 12th world cup final

26 November, 2017, 03:35 | Author: Hope Soto
  • BEHIND THE DESK: Is Fiji about to shock the league world?

Fiji produced one of the biggest shocks in worldwide rugby league history as they played out a try-less game against New Zealand, defeating the Kiwis by 4 points to 2 to qualify for the World Cup semi-final.

Valentine Holmes scored six tries to smash all sorts of records and take his place at the top of the tryscorers charts as Mal Meninga's men made it look routine.

England will meet tournament surprise package Tonga in the other semi-final in Auckland today.

"In the first three matches we had different line-ups, different players in key positions, so it was always going to be clunky for us", Smith said.

Despite not scoring a try in their quarter-final, Fiji remain the tournament's highest scorers having scored 172 points (an average of 43 points per game), but having just scraped by against New Zealand, their attacking play will have to improve if they're to have any chance of reaching the final.

Holmes set a World Cup record with five tries in last week's quarter-final victory over Samoa in Darwin but went one better at Lang Park as the defending champions cruised into the title decider.

He dotted down four more times in the second period, breaking Wendell Sailor's World Cup try scoring record of 10 in the process.

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Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama conceded later the Bati were outclassed, but said he wasn't disappointed.

In the sixth minute they opted to take a shot at a penalty goal and Koroisau got the Fijians on the board and an early 2-0 lead.

In case you've missed it, Holmes scored six tries. They will be tested by a spirited Fiji side full of confidence but will ultimately have too much and should run out fairly comfortable winners.

Michael Morgan broke through the line to set up Slater in the 14th minute, before his pinpoint kick gave Holmes his first of the night.

But they were rocked on their heels when Holmes took an intercept and raced 60 metres to score under the posts.

In front of a crowd of just 22,073 at Suncorp Stadium, the Kangaroos smashed Fiji 54-6 to advance to next weekend's final, again in Brisbane.

Slater's second try came in the 48th minute and Holmes' fourth was four minutes later.

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