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Fiji vs Italy

2017 Rugby League World Cup

Canberra Stadium
Fiji Italy
38 SCORE 10
7 Tries 2
5 Conversions 1
0 Penalty goals 0
0 Field goals 0

Fiji and Italy go head to head in a match that will largely be quarter-finals warm-up for the Fijians at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match at Canberra Stadium on Friday night, starting from 7:40pm AEDT.

Fiji have so far been dominant in their matches at this year’s Rugby League World Cup, coming up against the United States and Wales, and making short work of both of them.

In the first week they slaughtered the States with a 58-12 victory, and then stepped up the pace even further against Wales for a 72-6 win.

Italy, on the other hand, have a had a genuine mixed bag of results so far in this tournament, losing to Ireland in their first match but bouncing back with a big win over the United States last week.

Ireland defeated the Italians 36-12, but they were able to get some revenge in the form of a 46-0 win over the United States.

The results have pretty much finalised the standings in Pool D even with a week left to go. At this point, the only way for Italy to leapfrog Fiji would be to beat them by at least 46 points tonight.

That is, to put it as kindly as possible, extremely unlikely. The Fijians are the short-priced favourites for this match and the odds of Italy recording an upset, let alone one big enough to change the standings, are astronomical.

Prediction
Italy is probably the best team that Fiji have come up against so far in the tournament, but they should coast to an easy victory regardless.

Fiji by 30.

Join The Roar for a live blog of the match between Fiji and Italy at Canberra Stadium on Friday night, starting from 7:40pm AEDT.

Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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