Fiji send New Zealand tumbling out of World Cup

Faith Castro
November 20, 2017

The low-scoring fixture saw no tries scored with two penalty goals enough to get a courageous Fiji home.

New Zealand quickly levelled the scores in the second half thanks to Shaun Johnson before surviving 10 minutes with a man down after Jordan Rapana was sin-binned for a professional foul.

It is the first time a tier two nation has beaten a tier one nation in a World Cup quarter-final making for arguably the greatest win in the event's history.

Koroisau restored Fiji's lead with his second penalty just after the hour mark and the islanders held out for the remaining 19 minutes to reach the last four of the World Cup for the third straight tournament.

Fiji now meet Australia in the semi final, while Kiwi boss David Kidwell is expected to resign or get the sack.

The Kiwis, finalists in the last three tournaments, looked a shadow of their former selves and Fiji took advantage to claim a 4-2 victory in an error-strewn first meeting between the sides. I'm so proud of these boys.

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"We couldn't deliver what I thought we could deliver". I never stopped believing.

"We laid the foundations in 2008 and we have seen the fruits in 2017".

"We are in the business of slaying giants".

"We have got some under-20 players in our squad, we've got some Massey Cup players in our squad, we've got some State Cup players in our squad and of course we've got some NRL players".

He says this is one of the many reasons we don't want people trying to get onto the pitch- because it's unsafe. "It's as simple as that.".

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