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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.

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.

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  • 10:45pm
    Atlas Ryan said | 10:45pm | ! Report

    Round 3 Join us at GIO Stadium for Fiji v Italy NRL

    Watch Free:

  • 3:03am
    Israel said | 3:03am | ! Report

    Fiji Bati seemed too tensed and error prone in the first half, maybe of the travelling n short turn around, it’s the coach n management task, when they travel to Christchurch next, to have stretching sessions n other entertainment activities to lighten the travel, 48 hrs before the quarter-final should be total rest, refueling with fluids n good nutrition, flexibility n stretching,obviously the hours before the phsycing of the team for the mammoth task in hand!

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 9:53pm | ! Report

    Good to see Fiji challenged during the first half at least. They needed to get some defence under their belt before next week.

    Quarter-finals looking like this.

    Australia vs Samoa
    Tonga/New Zealand vs Fiji
    Tonga/New Zealand vs Lebanon
    England vs PNG

  • Roar Guru

    Alan Nicolea said | 9:48pm | ! Report

    Fiji found their groove in the second half, scoring five tries en route to another big win over Italy tonight.

    After a very physical first half, the italians would have fancied their chances of causing an upset when they opened the scoring in the second half.

    However, Fiji eventually clicked into gear, with Vunivalu scoring yet another hat-trick to solidify his claim as the NRL’s best tryscoring machine.

    Despite the big win, Italy tested Fiji upfront and the island nation was disorganised in possession for a good portion of tonight’s contest.

    Fiji have to improve tenfold if they are to challenge either Tonga or New Zealand next week in what should be a great quarter-final.

    Overall, after a simple passage through the group stages, the time has now come for the likes of Hayne, Vunivalu and Uate to stand up against very strong opposition next week. Are they up to the task? Watch this space.

    Fiji 38
    Italy 10

    • Roar Guru

      Sleiman Azizi said | 10:40pm | ! Report

      That’s the question, isn’t it?

      Fiji have done very well against weaker opposition.

      And to be frank, a top side should be running up such scores.

      Next week will be very interesting to see which way Fiji go.

  • Roar Guru

    Alan Nicolea said | 9:44pm | ! Report


    Fiji 38
    Italy 10

  • Roar Guru

    Alan Nicolea said | 9:42pm | ! Report

    78′ – Forward pass called here as Hayne races in to score. No luck there on that occasion for Fiji. Correct call.

    Fiji 38
    Italy 10

  • Roar Guru

    Alan Nicolea said | 9:41pm | ! Report

    77′ – Fiji back on the attack as Italy kick the footy out on the full. All Fiji in this second half.

    Fiji 38
    Italy 10

  • Roar Guru

    Alan Nicolea said | 9:40pm | ! Report

    Great cut-out pass to Montoya who races down the left in space and scores. Fiji still have plenty to give but they have still destroyed an Italy side containing good players in Brown, Tedesco, Minichiello, Vaughan and Campese.


    Fiji 38
    Italy 10

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