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Wallabies coach and captain speak after Fiji win

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21st September, 2019

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and captain Michael Hooper both looked at the positives after their 39-21 win against Fiji at the Rugby World Cup.

While the first half was full of errors, Cheika suggested that was more a case of Fiji’s pressure than anything else.

“They’re such a dangerous team,” Cheika said.

“We probably didn’t expect to be as far behind but we knew the start of the game would be like fury from the other team and we made a few errors that let them into it but we recomposed ourselves and we got back to basics and we’ll able to get it done.”

The momentum changed in the second half when Fiji went a man down with a yellow card and replacements like Will Genia for Nic White seemed to do the trick.

“There will be no secret in the review that finishers (replacements) that came on really jacked up the scoreboard,” Michael Hooper said.

“That’s what we need them there for. Injecting energy and they did that tonight.”

The Wallabies now have a week off before they play Wales on Sunday.