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Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji – radio & text – BBC Sport, BBC News

Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji – radio & text – BBC Sport, BBC News


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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

  1. (Over to Tokyo)

    (France v Argentina) 08: (BST)

    France fan

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    Right, that is us done in Sapporo.

    But we are only a third through the day’s action.

    Jump over to here where my colleagueMantej Mann is building up to France v Argentina.

    And I’ll be back with you for a marrow-mashing, stomach-churning meeting between New Zealand and South Africa.

  2. ‘We were expecting a start like fury’

    (Australia) – () **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** (Wales) ***********************

    Michael Cheika

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    Coach Michael Cheika speaking to ITV Sport:“I am not going to complain at all. Fiji are such a dangerous team, it was what were expected a start like fury and we made some errors, but we got back to basics and managed to get the win. I know that sort of stuff is not generally assigned to Aussies, but you have to do that stuff if you want to win. “

  3. (Match stats)

    (Australia) – (Fiji) ***********************

    Australia

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    Australia – Fiji

    Possession: (% -) %

    Territory: 72% – 28%

    Meters made: 516 – 313

    Clean breaks: 9-4

    Defenders beaten: 40 – 23

    Tackles made / attempted: 56 / 79 – 108 / 148

    Penalties conceded: 8 – 12

  4. Post update

    (Ben Ryan)

    Fiji’s Olympic Sevens gold medal-winning coach on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Australia got their tactics totally wrong at the start but the strangle began in the second half and Fiji had nothing left to play off.

  5. Post update

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Australia managed to strong-arm their way back into the contest from 21 – 12 adrift early in the second half, deploying some old-school one-out straightforward power rugby.

    Two tries from hooker Silatolu Latu at the back of a pair of driven line-outs saw them safe before Fiji lost shape and fitness in the last quarter.

    Wales will learn lessons from this. And they have the personnel to keep it tight and out-muscle Fiji.

  6. (Full-time)

    (Australia) – (Fiji)

    Australia celebrate

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    A knock on from a white hand. A green and gold boot to the touchline. And the Wallabies – who looked like they were on the barbie for a while – have survived unscathed.

  7. Post update

    (Australia) – (Fiji)

    Australia are pinged for collapsing the maul. Fiji go to the corner once more as they look for a late try.

  8. Post update

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Ben Ryan

    Fiji’s Olympic Sevens gold medal-winning coach on BBC Radio 5 Live

There are some genuine reasons to feel that Fiji can still bring something to this group. They will learn from this match and take those lessons into the match against wales.

For Australia they could effectively be in the quarter-finals in eight days time if they beat Wales.

  • Post update

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Fiji earn a penalty with the clock in the red. Ben Volavola boots downfield to set up the line-out, five meters from the Aussie line.

    Can they get over to patch up a scoreline that doesn’t do their performance justice?

  • Post update

    Australia 39 – 21 Fiji

    Fiji are playing for the last score and final say, throwing the ball around and looking for an opening. Levani Botia on the charge makes ground.

    But he has lost his support. And the ball is turned over.

    Last play now.

  • Post update

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Fiji are running it from under their own posts!

    Playing for the score from the end of the world. But they have thrown one forward as they attempt to get Leone Nakarawa galloping out wide.

    Back for a previous Aussie infringement.

    Scrum five out from their own line for the Fijians.

  • try

    Converted try- Australia 39 – (Fiji)

    Marika Koroibete (Con: Toomua)

    Australia hammer the lid shut.

    It is a delicious move with James O’Connor flinging wide and Dane Haylett-Petty tipping the ball onto the flyingMarika Koroibete,who leaves Vereniki Goneva behind on his way to the corner.

    Matt Toomua with a superb touchline conversion .

  • Post update

    (Australia) – (Fiji)

    Fiji are back up to a full complement with Levani Botia having served his sin-bin sentence.

  • Mortlock wants more from Australia

    Australia 32 – 21 Fiji

    Stirling Mortlock

    Former Australia international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I would like to see absolute control from Australia to grind this match out in the last 10 minutes.

    If I don’t see that i won’t be that happy with Wales their next match in (days.)

  • try

    (Converted try – Australia) – (Fiji)

    Samu Kerevi (Con: Toomua)

    The killer blow surely.

    The Fiji defense is sucked in tight and Australia spin wide to exploit the space.

    Samu Kerevipicks a superb line to slide the dagger between the ribs of the defense.

    And Matt Toomua – former Leicester Tiger – lands the extras.

  • Post update

    Australia (- Fiji

    Fiji manage to burgle a turnover in the shadow of their own posts – another superb steal from full-back Kini Murimurivalu – as Australia attempt to fling the ball wide.

    Scrum-half Frank Lomani boots clear and the Wallabies have more evidence that up the jumper is the way forward.

  • Post update

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Fiji, down to 14 men, after center Levani Botia was shown yellow look absolutely deflated. They give up a penalty at scrum time to give Australia a free pass into their m.

    Only one w inner if it keeps going like this.

  • ‘Grind, grind, grind’

    Australia 25 – 21 Fiji

    Stirling Mortlock

    Former Australia international on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Welcome to the World Cup the Wallabies!

    It’s been more conservative set-piece dominance that has got them into the game.

    I have been a little bit anxious over the first 60 minutes but feel more confident now.

    Australia will now grind, grind, grind at the set-piece and take this match away from Fiji.

  • (mins)

    try

    Try – Australia 25 – 21 Fiji

    Silatolu Latu

    Carbon copy!

    Once again hookerSilatolu Latugets the pill at the back of a driven line-out and takes the short slow walk over the whitewash for his second try.

    Australia lead for the first time in the match with less than 20 minutes to go.

  • Sin-bin – Fiji’s Levani Botia

    (Australia) – 21 Fiji

    Fiji infringe once more and this time, the yellow card that has been in the post for a while has finally landed.

    (Levani Botia is taking a) -minute sit down as Ben O’Keefe shows yellow.

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