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The Australian Kangaroos have advanced through to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final as they rolled through Fiji Bati, 64-0 at Wembley Stadium. The crowd for the double header at Wembley was announced just shy of a record at 67,545.

There wasn't much hope given to Fiji leading into the match and rightly so with the talent of Australia a class above.

Australia took no time to jump to a lead as they posted 4 tries in 13 minutes. Jarryd Hayne was a stand out for the Kangaroos as he bagged a hat trick in the match with the Fijian right side defence continually tested.

Darius Boyd was confirmed as the second try scorer by the video referee as he raced in off a short pass from Greg Inglis. Australia capitalised on their opportunities as Fiji failed make use possession at the other end of the field. Australia led 10-0 after 15 minutes.

Australia claimed two quick back to back tries in two minutes as Cooper Cronk and Jarryd Hayne crossed for the Kangaroos. Hayne terrorised the Fiji defence with his speed and footwork to set up Cronk's four-pointer and followed it up with his own minutes later. Australia 22-0 leaders after 22 minutes.

Shortly before half time, Australia posted a further two tries as Josh Papalii crashed over under the posts with his first carry of the match. Hayne darted through the Fijian defence to add another four points to the Kangaroos tally. At the break, Australia led 34-0 over Fiji.

Australia continued it's dominating form in the second half as the points mounted against Fiji with a further five tries. 

James Tamou put fear into the Fijian defenders as he charged over the pack to reach out over the white line to bring up the big four-O for Australia. The Kangaroos, 40-0 leaders after 53 minutes.

Darius Boyd flirted with the sideline minutes later as he bolted down the right side of Wembley. The ball went through four sets of hands as the Kangaroos troubled the defence once again. Australia commanded a 46-0 scoreline mid-way through the second half.

Parramatta Eels fullback, Jarryd Hayne crossed for his third four-pointer as his speed and footwork once again saw his name added to the scorers list. Australia cracked the half century 10 minutes before full time, 52-0.

Hayne couldn't stay out of the action as his speed created the opportunity for Brett Morris to dive over in the right corner. Video Referee Ben Thaler awarded the try after he reviewed Morris' trailing leg as he dived for the corner post.

The final points of the contest came as Cronulla Sharks second rower, Andrew Fifita trampled the Fijians as he galloped over to the try line. Australia eliminated the Fiji Bati, 64-0, the result sees the Kangaroos face the New Zealand Kiwis next weekend at Old Trafford in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final.

There is concern for Wests Tigers winger, Marika Koroibete who failed to return in the second half as he sustained a hamstring injury in the first half.

 

Australia continued it's dominating form in the second half as the points mounted against Fiji with a further five tries. 
James Tamou put fear into the Fijian defenders as he charged over the pack to reach out over the white line to bring up the big four-O for Australia. The Kangaroos, 40-0 leaders after 53 minutes.
Darius Boyd flirted with the sideline minutes later as he bolted down the right side of Wembley. The ball went through four sets of hands as the Kangaroos troubled the defence once again. Australia commanded a 46-0 scoreline mid-way through the second half.
Parramatta Eels fullback, Jarryd Hayne crossed for his third four-pointer as his speed and footwork once again saw his name added to the scorers list. Australia cracked the half century 10 minutes before full time, 52-0.
Hayne couldn't stay out of the action as his speed created the opportunity for Brett Morris to dive over in the right corner. Video Referee Ben Thaler awarded the try after he reviewed Morris' trailing leg as he dived for the corner post.
The final points of the contest came as Cronulla Sharks second rower, Andrew Fifita trampled the Fijians as he galloped over to the try line. Australia eliminated the Fiji Bati, 64-0, the result sees the Kangaroos face the New Zealand Kiwis next weekend at Old Trafford in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final.
There is concern for Wests Tigers winger, Marika Koroibete who failed to return in the second half as he sustained a hamstring injury in the first half.


Match Details
Australia 64 Fiji 0
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Crowd: 67545
Halftime Score: Australia 34-0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Johnathan Thurston
2 points - Jarryd Hayne
1 point - Paul Gallen

AUSTRALIA (64)
Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Darius Boyd (2), Cooper Cronk, Jarryd Hayne (3), Josh Papalii, James Tamou, Brett Morris, Andrew Fifita
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (10/11)
Penalty Goals:

 

FIJI (0)
Tries:
Field Goals:
Conversions:
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

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FULL TIME here at Wembley Stadium as seen Australia eliminate Fiji from the World Cup with a 64-0 win.

Australia 64-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Andrew Fifita. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Andrew Fifita has charged under the goal posts as he busted through at full pace off a short pass from Cameron Smith. Thurston with a simple conversion from in front makes it a massive 64 point lead.

Australia 64-0

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UNFORCED ERROR AUSTRALIA
Brent Tate makes an unforced error.

Brent Tate thought about the try before he had the ball, Hayne with a bullet pass sees the mistake come. Fiji with the possession deep in their own half

Australia 58-0

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Daly Cherry-Evans kicks across the field on the 3rd tackle, the ball allowed to bounce and Thurston is cleaned up by the Fijian defence. Scrum feed packs for the Fijians as the mistake ruled against Thurston

Australia 58-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Brett Morris. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Brett Morris is awarded his four pointer has he dived over in the corner and managed to keep his trailing foot in the air. A great piece of work from the Kangaroos winger as Jarryd Hayne crafted the play with a bolting run down field. Thurston slots the extras to extend the lead

Australia 58-0

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VIDEO REFEREE for the Kangaroos. Brett Morris has gone over. Looking at the sideline as he dived over in the corner

Australia 52-0

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Semi Radradra is forced over the sideline by Hayne as Fiji pushed down the left side of the field. Australia with a 20 metre tap as the ball rolled free and dead

Australia 52-0

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Penalty to the Fijians for an obstruction as Paul Gallen ran behind Greg Inglis and created the hole in the defence Fiji attack 30 metres out from the goal line

Australia 52-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Jarryd Hayne brings up the half century for Australia as he claims his third four-pointer for the Kangaroos. A simple run from the centre sees Fiji break down in defence. Thurston with the conversion attempt extends the lead past 50 points.

Australia 52-0

66

NO TRY! Andrew Fifita is denied. Line drop out for Australia as Uate grounded the ball over the line before Fifita could get hands on the ball.

Australia 46-0

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VIDEO REFEREE for the Kangaroos. Andrew Fifita claiming points as he looked to clean up the Thurston grubber kick

Australia 46-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Darius Boyd has flirted with the sideline as he bolted down the wing as the Fijian defence was unable to cover the speed play from the Australians down the right side. The ball touched four sets of hands as the Kangaroos troubled the defence once again. Thurston with the conversion attempt slots the extras

Australia 46-0

57

UNFORCED ERROR FIJI
Daryl Millard makes an unforced error.

Daryl Millard juggles the ball and the ball is dropped. Scrum packs for Australia just short of halfway

Australia 40-0

53

TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by James Tamou. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

James Tamou takes on the Fiji defenders and overpowers them to plant the ball over the goal line easily. Thurston with the conversion attempt extends the lead for the Kangaroos

Australia 40-0

53

Matt Scott draws the penalty as the Fiji defence on the goal fails to allow him to play the ball. Australia attack 5 metres out

Australia 34-0

52

Tariq Sims is penalised for holding onto the Australia attackers too long. Australia attack 20 metres out from the goal line

Australia 34-0

51

UNFORCED ERROR FIJI
Vitale Jr Roqica makes an unforced error.

Vitale Jr Roqica charged onto the pass and looked to power through the Austrlaian defence but the ball comes free. Australia with possession deep in their own half

Australia 34-0

51

Cameron Smith has been penalised for stripping the ball out of the hands of Apisai Koroisau. Fiji go on the attack 15 metres out from the Australian try line

Australia 34-0

49

Knock on ruled as Brent Tate contested the kick catch with Uate, change over ruled for Australia and Fiji have possession 10 metres off their own line

Australia 34-0

47

UNFORCED ERROR AUSTRALIA
Johnathan Thurston makes an unforced error.

Johnathan Thurston fumbled the catch as Cam Smith rocketed a pass from acting half. Fiji with a scrum feed 10 metres off their own goal line

Australia 34-0

45

Ashton Sims has been spoken to by Richard Silverwood as things get heated between him and a few Australians. Meanwhile penalty is given as Jayson Bukuya shoulder charged Thurston

Australia 34-0

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Offside called is Kevin Naiqama as the kick came on the last tackle. Penalty awarded to Australia as a result and the Kangaroos attack 10 metres short of half

Australia 34-0

42

Marika Koroibete has not returned in the second half for Fiji as he limped off in the first half with a possible hamstring injury.

Australia 34-0

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Marika Koroibete has not returned in the second half for Fiji as he limped off in the first half with a possible hamstring injury.

Australia 34-0

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Kevin Naiqama kicks off to get the second half underway here at Wembley Stadium as Australia lead 34-0 over Fiji

Australia 34-0

40

HALF TIME at Wembley Stadium sees Australia in control over the Fiji Bati, leading 34-0 after 40 minutes.

Australia 34-0

40

TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Jarryd Hayne claims his second try of the match as he races in easily through the Fiji defence. Australia simply rolling here as Thurston extends to 34-0 with the conversion

Australia 34-0

39

UNFORCED ERROR AUSTRALIA
Johnathan Thurston makes an unforced error.

Johnathan Thurston comes up with the mistake after fumbling the quick offload from Cam Smith who took the pass from Boyd after he broke free of the Fiji defence.

Australia 28-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Josh Papalii. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Josh Papalii has just come onto the field for Australia and in his first run he charges under the posts to score posts. Kangaroos extend the lead to 28-0 with a successful kick from Thurston

Australia 28-0

34

Cameron Smith darted from acting half looking for the try line, but he is held up over the line. Great defence from Fiji.

Australia 22-0

34

Penalty to Australia for Daryl Millard holding in the ruck too long. Australia march to 35 metres out from the Fiji try line

Australia 22-0

31

UNFORCED ERROR FIJI
Kane Evans makes an unforced error.

Kane Evans running hard off a short pass from Eloni Vunakece but he is unable to take it clean. Knock on ruled and a scrum packs for Australia 12 metres off their own try line

Australia 22-0

30

Paul Gallen is penalised for running an obstruction play as Andrew Fifita created the hole in the defence. Fiji with possession on halfway

Australia 22-0

29

Aaron Groom with a grubber on the last tackle looked for Uate to raced through the kick but it beats everyone. 20 metre tap for Australia.

Australia 22-0

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Cameron Smith with a controlling kick downfield, it bounces dead in goal. 20 metre tap for Fiji but Australia just rolling through their sets as they play one up through the middle of the field.

Australia 22-0

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Cam Smith kicks early on the 3rd tackle and Fiji collect and start their set 20 metres off their goal line

Australia 22-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Jarryd Hayne. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Jarryd Hayne has powered his way through three Fijian defenders to finish off a quick running play on the right side of the field. Australia with a mass of possession sees them pile on the points. Thurston with the conversion keeps up with the clock with 22 points in 22 minutes.

Australia 22-0

21

Penalty against Fiji for Wes Naiqama making contact on Brent Tate off the ball, he is placed on report for the contact

Australia 16-0

20

TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Cooper Cronk. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Cooper Cronk finishes off a quick fire play as Jarryd Hayne channelled Dean Whare to flick pass back in field to link with Cooper Cronk to score. Fiji failed to cover up in defence, a simple try conceded. Thurston with the conversion from next to the posts converts for Australia

Australia 16-0

18

Australia have ZERO TACKLE as Greg Inglis dropped the ball backwards and Fiji attempted to clean up by failed to. Kangaroos attack 10 metres out

Australia 10-0

17

Penalty to Australia as Daryl Millard was ruled to have stripped the ball out of the hands of Sam Thaiday. Australia march over halfway

Australia 10-0

15

TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston unsuccessful.

Darius Boyd is confirmed as the second try scorer for Australia as he races in off a short pass from Greg Inglis on the left side. Australia capitalising on opportunity as Fiji failed make use possession at the other end of the park. Thurston with the conversion pushes the goal wide of the posts.

Australia 10-0

14

VIDEO REFEREE for the Kangaroos. Darius Boyd is claiming points, looking at a possible knock on in the lead up. Greg Inglis provided the pass as he took the offload from Greg Bird

Australia 6-0

13

Scrappy play coming into the match as Petero Civoniceva is hit hard by James Tamou and the ball comes free. Australia back in possession.

Australia 6-0

13

Penalty against Greg Bird for holding down in the ruck too long. Fiji attack now from the free kick 15 metres out from the Australia goal line

Australia 6-0

12

Paul Gallen comes up with a mistake as Fiji muscle up in defence, they now attack on half way

Australia 6-0

12

Zero tackle for Australia as Kevin Naiqama gave up possession after taking the offload from Ashton Sims.

Australia 6-0

11

NO TRY! Greg Bird is denied as Brent Tate took out Uate after he wasn't going to take the kick catch. Penalty Fiji as a result, they attack 10 metres off their own goal line

Australia 6-0

11

VIDEO REFEREE for the Kangaroos. Greg Bird is claiming points as he raced through and cleaned up the bounce of the ball from the kick from Thurston

Australia 6-0

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TRY AUSTRALIA
Scored by Johnathan Thurston. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Johnathan Thurston has crafted a solo four-pointer to bring up first points as he fooled the Fijian defence with a brilliant dummy to sail over the try line. He converts his own try to extend the lead

Australia 6-0

7

Marika Koroibete with a great catch under pressure took the ball in the field of play, but he passed back to Kevin Naiqama in goal. Line drop out called for Australia

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6

Penalty to Australia as Eloni Vunakece created an obstruction as Aaron Groom went straight through the hole created. Kangaroos with possession deep in their own half.

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5

UNFORCED ERROR AUSTRALIA
Darius Boyd makes an unforced error.

Darius Boyd is ruled to have knocked on as he took the pass from Kevin Naiqama. Scrum for Fiji 20 metres out

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3

First penalty of the match goes to Fiji for Brent Tate ruled offside. Fiji attack 30 metres off their own goal line

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Controlled opening sets from both teams. Both sides looking good with the ball in hand.

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Both teams are out onto Wembley Stadium, it's now time for the National Anthems of Australia and Fiji

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Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Wembley Stadium of the second 2013 Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final, this match for a spot in the Grand Final as Australia take on Fiji.

TEAMS:

Kangaroos: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Brett Morris 3. Brent Tate 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Darius Boyd 6. Johnathan Thurston 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Matthew Scott 9. Cameron Smith 10. James Tamou 11. Greg Bird 12. Sam Thaiday 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Daly Cherry-Evans 15. Josh Papalii 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Corey Parker

Bati: 1. Kevin Naiqama 2. Marika Koroibete 3. Sisa Waqa 4. Wes Naiqama 5. Akuila Uate 6. Daryl Millard 7. Aaron Groom 8. Ashton Sims 9. James Storer 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. Tariq Sims 12. Jayson Bukuya 13. Eloni Vunakece
Interchange: 14. Apisai Koroisau 15. Vitale Junior Roqica, 16. Kane Evans 17. Semi Radradra

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