Full Time
80:00
5:30am Sun October 16, 2022
Pool Matches - Week 1 - Headingley Stadium, Leeds - Crowd: 13366
80min

Admirable from the Fijians but in the end its a comfortable win for the Aussies to open their World Cup defence. Stay tuned for the preview!

77min

Conversion: Fiji
Attempted by Brandon Wakeham.

Wakeham remains goalless today.

Australia lead Australia 42 - 8 Fiji
76min

Try: Fiji
Scored by Sunia Turuva. Kick to come.

Some poor discipline from the Aussies hands Fiji some solid ball, and its the young Penrith back who scores for the Fijians, their second try of the night as the clock winds down.

Australia lead Australia 42 - 8 Fiji
69min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Val pushes another one over and this is getting ugly.

Australia lead Australia 42 - 4 Fiji
68min

Try: Australia
Scored by Josh Addo-Carr. Kick to come.

Addo-Carr picks up a brace as the Australians pick up the momentum now.

Australia lead Australia 40 - 4 Fiji
62min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

No misses from Val yet!

Australia lead Australia 36 - 4 Fiji
61min

Try: Australia
Scored by James Tedesco. Kick to come.

Vintage Tedesco as the captain scores from short range.

Australia lead Australia 34 - 4 Fiji
55min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes is 5/5 and the lead now looking more like what was expected for this clash.

Australia lead Australia 30 - 4 Fiji
54min

Try: Australia
Scored by Harry Grant. Kick to come.

Capitalising on his 40/20, Harry Grant cracks the line and scores the fifth try for the green-and-gold.

Australia lead Australia 28 - 4 Fiji
53min

Grant superb! Finds the sideline and sets Australia up perfectly...

50min

Some poor handling over the last few minutes from Australia, who are expected to put the foot down in this clash.

44min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Another conversion banked for Australia's centre.

Australia lead Australia 24 - 4 Fiji
43min

Try: Australia
Scored by Latrell Mitchell. Kick to come.

Exquisite lead-up work from Australian five-eighth Cameron Munster and it's Latrell Mitchell who gets the first try after the break.

Australia lead Australia 22 - 4 Fiji
40min

18-4 at the break for Australia, with Fiji's early start washed away by three great tries by the reigning Cup holders.

36min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes makes it a perfect record after three attempts.

Australia lead Australia 18 - 4 Fiji
35min

Try: Australia
Scored by Angus Crichton. Kick to come.

Crichton has his maiden test four-pointer and the Aussies extend their lead ahead of the break.

Australia lead Australia 16 - 4 Fiji
31min

Oh-so-close for Fiji after a Koroisau grubber finds Wakeham but he can't handle it!

25min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Easy stuff for Holmes and the lead is eight.

Australia lead Australia 12 - 4 Fiji
24min

Try: Australia
Scored by Josh Addo-Carr. Kick to come.

The Foxx gets a superb long range try after Latrell Mitchell created some space!

Australia lead Australia 10 - 4 Fiji
22min

Nanai goes close and nearly has his second, but Sitiveni Moceidreke and Ben Nakubuwai are on hand to prevent the reigning champs from going further ahead.

17min

Conversion: Australia
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

The Cowboys back converts to put the Aussies back ahead.

Australia lead Australia 6 - 4 Fiji
16min

Try: Australia
Scored by Jeremiah Nanai. Kick to come.

Nanai gets the Australians on the board after some good numbers to the right side of the field.

Tied up at Australia 4 - 4 Fiji
11min

Superb defence from both Valemei and Sivo for Fiji, to stop a certain try for Taulagi!

4min

Conversion: Fiji
Attempted by Brandon Wakeham.

Wakeham's attempt doesn't have the juice

Fiji lead Australia 0 - 4 Fiji
3min

Try: Fiji
Scored by Semi Valemei. Kick to come.

In a surprise, Semi Valemei opens the scoring!

Fiji lead Australia 0 - 4 Fiji

Game Underway in Leeds!

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Chris Kendall

Touch Judges: Wyatt Raymond, Darian Furner

Video Referee: Grant Atkins

AUSTRALIA MEN (42)
Tries: Jeremiah Nanai, Josh Addo-Carr (2), Angus Crichton, Latrell Mitchell, Harry Grant, James Tedesco
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (7/7)
Penalty Goals:

FIJI MEN (8)
Tries: Semi Valemei, Sunia Turuva
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Brandon Wakeham (0/2)
Penalty Goals: