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21st September, 2019

The Wallabies were put under the pump against Fiji in the first half of their opening Rugby World Cup match in Japan.

Fiji hit hard in defence and attack with some barnstorming runs.

Josua Tuisova steamrolled Reece Hodge to set up the opening try of the game.
Fiji seemed to have Hodge in their sights, with Hodge pushed backwards twice more.

The Wallabies seemed to panic in defence and David Pocock was lucky not to give away a try when he inexplicably decided for a quick line out on his own line which led to a five-metre scrum to Fiji.

The Wallabies finally settled late in the half with Hodge crossing to settle the nerves with Fiji holding a 14-12 lead at half-time.

However, another mistake cost the Aussies to start the second half with an errant pass by Samu Kerevi picked up by Waisea Nayacalevu who streaked away to score.

Just as it looked like it was going to be one of those days for the Australian side, a combination of Fiji having a man yellow carded and Will Genia replacing Nic White seemed to change the momentum with the Wallabies dominating the back end of the game.