Aussies romp home over Fiji to make 12th world cup final

Faith Castro
November 26, 2017

Australia will play either Tonga or England in next week's final at Suncorp Stadium.

Valentine Holmes, the wing, became the first player to score six tries in a Test, having also made history last weekend when becoming the first player to score five in a Test in Australia's 46-0 win over Samoa in the quarter-finals.

Holmes' second and fourth tries came off simple attacking shifts, but the highlight was a 90-metre intercept in the 42nd minute where he outlasted Vunivalu and Akuila Uate.

When these two countries met in the World Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium four years ago, the Kangaroos triumphed 64-0.

Head Coach Mick Potter has unsurprisingly named an unchanged side following last week's heroics with the same 17 once again getting the chance to create even more history.

New Zealand scored four tries in their last two games of the tournament.

In a physical start, tempers flared inside the first two minutes when Jarryd Hayne renewed old rivalries and put a strong hit on Slater, instigating a bust up.

Fiji had opened the scoring with a third minute penalty to Apisai Koroisau but that was as good as it got for the Bati, who were soon under enormous pressure.

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Fiji came out after halftime full of intent and looked unsafe as they attacked down the right side.

Aaron Woods left the field at that time with a shoulder injury, while Matt Gillett bombed a try for Australia, when his pass to Dane Gagai with no one in front of him went hopelessly forward.

The Kangaroos have done what the Kiwis couldn't by beating Fiji and they've done it in comprehensive fashion.

Michael Morgan broke through the line to set up Slater in the 14th minute, before his pinpoint kick gave Holmes his first of the night.

Holmes, three times, and Slater kept the tries rolling in after the break with Gagai also grabbing a second.

On the hour mark, Vunivalu made a great run, just about making it to the line, to score Fiji's only try.

Gagai got his second try before Holmes scored his sixth try.

VALENTINE Holmes wrote his name in the record books once again as he notched six tries to send Australia sailing through to another World Cup final.

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