Australia v FijiBBC Radio 5 live8,9268,926viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Mike HensonAll times stated are UKPosted at 5:245:24Post updateAustralia 7-14 FijiBen RyanFiji’s Olympic Sevens gold medal-winning coach on BBC Radio 5 LiveAustralia…
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Australia do not look their settled selves, and they are playing into Fijian hands.
Ben Volavola lines up a kick from distance and an angle. That has taken the scenic route! More draw than a weekend hacker’s drives as he curls the ball from way out right and between the sticks.
The Fijians are a converted score clear…
Australia’s front row have dug the Wallabies out of a hole here with a massive shove. It disrupts the ball, wheeling the Fiji backline blind and Semi Radradra knocks on from that promising set-piece platform.
Peceli Yato on the front peel! The flanker bullocks towards the line and it is a tremendously brave tackle from Reece Hodge, throwing himself in front of the hooves, to stop him five out.
But Australia’s quick line-out option is a dud. Tackled over their own line, scrum five white….
Australia were supposed to dominate the breakdown after deploying the Pooper combo of Pocock and Hooper in the back row. It has not happened.
Reece Hodge, who is having a torrid time out there, is off his feet.
Fiji boot down into the Aussie 22m and will throw into the line-out.
Over it goes.
Ben Volavola’s right boot swinging as smooth as a metronome.
Peceli Yato is having an absolutely monster game. The flanker scoops and scoots in one motion after the ball is dislodged from an Australian hand by a big tackle.
He gains 25m and Australia infringe as they attempt to snuff out his threat.
Penalty and Ben Volavola is going to have a pop from just over the Aussie 10m line and central…
Australia’s captain Michael Hooper piledrives through the Fiji defence, pumping the legs and staying low from five metres out.
His team needed that.
Christian Lealfano lands the conversion.
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Australia look rattled, trying to replicate the Fijian offloading game but failing to match the opposition’s accuracy. Marika Koroibete’s pass drifts forward.
Christian Lealifano is wincing meanwhile after a rib-tickling tackle from Josua Tuisova.
Australia are on the rack.
Another searing break from Peceli Yato as he takes an inside ball from Ben Volavola at top speed.
A quick recycle and Ben Volavola looks wide with a cross-field kick. Semi Radradra soars over the top of Reece Hodge claiming the ball AFL style.
The wing can’t quite get the final pass away though, knocking on, five from the Fiji line.
What can Australia do to get back into this one? The Wallabies look as sluggish as a cane toad.
Peceli Yato parks his vast torso over the top of the breakdown to secure the turnover.
Fiji doing what every neutral hoped they would at this tournament.
Ambition as they counter an over-cooked box kick from Nic White and then raw power out wide from Josua Tuisova on the wing as he leaves Reece Hodge and Christian Lealifano in the dirt and feeds Clermont flanker Peceli Yato for a trot in.
Australia come up with a canny little restart – Christian Lealifano stubs a short floaty kick into the mitts of the on-rushing Reece Hodge.
Fiji draw first blood as Australia get off their feet at the breakdown.
Better from Fiji.
Fly-half Ben Volavola pokes a clever kick in behind the Australia backline to give Wallabies hooker Silatolu Latu a knee-knocker of a line-out dart from five metres off his own line.
Semi Radradra has already had an ominious rumble as well, bumping off Reece Hodge with a mighty shoulder.
We are up and running. And it is a calamitous attempt to field the kick-off from the Fiji. The ball bounces, there is an almighty scramble and Fiji regain it just in front of their own line.
That was nervy.
Australia are unbeaten in their last 17 games against Fiji (W16, D1); their last defeat to the Flying Fijians coming in June 1954 by a margin of just two points.
Fiji lay down their traditional challenge – the Cibi Bole – while Australia stand and stare it down opposite.
Kick-off is coming next.
Tell you what, the Aussies look relaxed considering they are about to hit the white heat of a Test match. Matt Toomua share a joke with fly-half Christian Lealifano as the sides line up from the anthems.
Fiji all stand to attention for their national tune. Australia, with the moustachioed Nic White particularly prominent, belt it out equally loudly.
Former Australia international on BBC Radio 5 Live
This game has the potential to be one of the best matches in the World Cup.
Australia’s attacking style was very robotic two years ago but they are very creative now and I hope it clicks properly. If it doesn’t today then I hope it does at some point in the tournament.
To win the World Cup you have to play free-spirited and open but that could backfire against a side like Fiji.
I can’t help being excited – there’s a great atmosphere here!