Australia vs Fiji: Rugby League World Cup semi-final live scores, blog

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    Australia vs Fiji

    2017 Rugby League World Cup, November 24

    Brisbane Stadium, QLD, Aus
    Australia Fiji
    54 SCORE 6
    10 Tries 1
    7 Conversions 0
    0 Penalty Goals 1
    0 Field Goals 0

    Australia and Fiji will meet in the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup for the third straight time, with the Kangaroos favourites, but a closer scoreline expected. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 8pm (AEDT).

    The Kangaroos have been superb throughout the World Cup. In their four games so far, they have conceded just two tries – and none in their last two matches including last week’s quarter-final against Samoa in Darwin.

    Mal Meninga’s men beat England in their tournament opener – easily their most difficult game so far, and haven’t taken a backward step since. After demolishing France and doing what they had to do against Lebanon with vastly different looking 17’s in each game, they got their best side back on the field last week.

    Their biggest issue coming into the quarter-finals seemed to be a lack of offensive cohesiveness. With their best 17 back on the park though, those issues seemed to be sorted out in tough conditions and they will now look to put Fiji to the sword.

    In the last two semi-finals between these nations, the Kangaroos have won by more than 50 points.

    Yet, this is a different Bati. Led by Jarryd Hayne, who has played a superb tournament in the halves and their big forward pack, they always looked the more likely team against New Zealand last week.

    There were always questions surrounding their performance in the group stage given their victories over the USA, Italy and Wales were not challenging. They smacked each of those teams convincingly and never looked troubled.

    But last week, they dispelled any myths surrounding them. While New Zealand were far from their best, it was a tryless 4-2 win in the end for Fiji, the Bati defending their line brilliantly.

    If they can find a way to improve on their offensive execution, then there is no reason they can’t produce another shock – an even bigger one than last week.

    However, that’s going to take cohesion and attacking brilliance from Hayne, alongside halves partner Henry Raiwalui, fullback Kevin Naiqama and the dangerous dummy half Apisai Koroisau.

    They are the key. If they can produce points and their forwards can nullify Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Michael Morgan and Billy Slater, then they are in with a chance. Controlling the ruck speed will also be a key.

    Australia should be too strong for the Bati, but this is going to be a reasonably close match I reckon. Fiji didn’t beat New Zealand for no reason and will fight right to the end.

    Australia by 12.

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    • 11:05pm
      stevegah said | 11:05pm | ! Report

      world cup semi in the home of rugby league apparently. friday night, great weather.

      what a brilliant crowd. all those empty seats.

    • 10:17pm
      Realist1975 said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      Missed the first 10 minutes so was wondering what was wrong with the hit on Slater? Are shoulder charges also outlawed in internationals? I know that they are in the NRL. If they are not illegal then why the penalty against Fiji? Love how Val Holmes is playing hopefully he replicates for the sharkies – so prefer him as a winger. In saying that i feel he is susceptible in the GF to kicks behind him as his confidence is high and he will keep seeking the intercept. Love the singing btw.

      • 10:34pm
        Don said | 10:34pm | ! Report

        The RLIF banned the shoulder charge in 2013.

      • 10:54pm
        Griffo said | 10:54pm | ! Report

        I think a shoulder charge to the head is still a penalty at international level.

    • 10:12pm
      Mike from tari said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      Jarryd Hayne, shoulda ran when he passed & passed when he ran.

    • Roar Guru

      Renegade said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Valentine Holmes just a freak, how good is he!!

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 10:08pm | ! Report


      • 10:38pm
        Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 10:38pm | ! Report

        Fantastic player Renegade.

        Can’t ask for much more from the Aussies. The whole squad has been brilliant. Slater back in the side adds so much. And have to acknowledge the contribution of Dugan. He gets bagged for some of his actions off the field but he’s been really solid in this World Cup.

        • 10:47pm
          andrew said | 10:47pm | ! Report

          People do realise that if Uati or basically anyone with half a yard of pace was playing left wing for Australia they would have scored six tries. He only got touched once and it was a desperate dive a metre out from the line on try six by Naiquama

          • 10:57pm
            Griffo said | 10:57pm | ! Report

            Nah they’d only have 4 or 5

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as Australia hammered Fiji to book their spot in the final.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      Right now, I’m heading off to cover Australia’s opening Basketball World Cup Qualifying match with the Boomers taking on Chinese Taipei, so you can join me over there for more Aussie sport!

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the Game Roarers?

      • 10:14pm
        Griffo said | 10:14pm | ! Report

        Australia too good and not enough discipline by Fiji. If you can’t hold onto the ball you get behind in posession and end up defending in bad field position, and you can’t afford to do that against a side of Australia’s quality.
        Well done to Valentine Holmes. His try scoring record for a world cup game didn’t last long but now he has a new one as well as most tries in a world cup tournament. A few of those tonight the hard work was done inside of him but still he finished well. I suspect the obvious threat posed by Smith, Slater and Cronk has meant teams have tightened up defence in the middle, where Smith and Slater threaten most, and their left (Australia’s right), which is predominantly where Cronk does his work. As a consequence there is space on the left for Australia with Valentine Holmes on the left win the beneficiary of this.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:00pm | ! Report


      Fiji aren’t going to die wondering. They want another try and only a great tackle from Slater on Vunivalu who found his way through the line will stop them. Eventually, they spread right and the ball goes over the sideline.

      Dominant performance from Australia. For the third consecutive World Cup, they rack up 50 on Fiji in the semi-finals, Valentine Holmes the star of the day with six tries.

      Australia 54
      Fiji 6

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      78′ – Another short kick-off from Fiji, but Gagai will come up with it. They are quickly working onto the attack, Cordner going within 30 metres. Now it’s an inside ball from Cron to Gillett who is eventually brought down about 10 metres out. Back to the left from Cronk to Smith and then a grubber goes through, but it’s too deep.

      Australia 54
      Fiji 6

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:57pm | ! Report


      Australia 54
      Fiji 6

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