Australia 15-22 Fiji: Kuruvoli impresses as Fiji secure victory

Australia 15-22 Fiji: Simione Kuruvoli makes an impact and Josua Tuisova scores a try as Fiji secure impressive victory in Rugby World Cup

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 Simione Kuruvoli inspired Fiji as they edged past Australia 22-15 with a fine performance at the Rugby World Cup.

Fiji’s brilliance at the turnover, combined with the clinical boot of Kuruvoli, saw them pick up their first win of the tournament after last week’s defeat by Wales.

Australian full-back Ben Donaldson was opportunistic early on and punished a Fiji high tackle when he converted the first opportunity of the game to give Australia a 3-0 lead after three minutes.

The Pacific Islanders sought a response through scrum-half Kuruvoli, who tied the score before converting another penalty to give his side a 6-3 lead after 20 minutes.

The first try of the game came in the 22nd minute through Mark Nawaqanitawase. The winger chased the long ball, took a quick line-out and combined with Samu Kerevi before he received the offload to add five more to to Australia’s tally.

But the Wallabies’ hard work started to unravel through ill-discipline and they started to concede needless penalties, much to the delight of Kuruvoli who added six more and the half ended 12-8 in favour of the Fijians.

Fiji extended their lead when Carter Gordon misjudged the bounce of a high ball which invited Josua Tuisov to storm through and make it 19-8 in the 42nd minute.

Suliasi Vunivalu went over late on for Australia after Fiji scored another penalty but it was not enough and they held on to complete a memorable 22-15 victory.

Fiji’s Simione Kuruvoli celebrates after scoring a penalty kick against Australia during the clash in Saint-Etienne

Mark Nawaqanitawase scores a try for Australia during the Rugby World Cup clash against Fiji


Australia: Tries: Nawaqanitawase, Vunivalu. Cons: Donaldson. Pens: Donaldson.

Australia: Donaldson, Nawaqanitawase, Petaia, Kerevi,

Koroibete, C. Gordon, White, Bell, Porecki, Slipper, Frost,

Skelton, T. Hooper, McReight, Valetini.

Replacements: Foketi for Kerevi (66), Vunivalu for C. Gordon (50), Fines-Leleiwasa for White (57), Schoupp for Bell (78), Uelese for Porecki (59), Nonggorr for Slipper (57), Leota for McReight (49).

Not Used: R. Arnold.

Fiji: Tries: Tuisova. Cons: Kuruvoli. Pens: Kuruvoli 4, Lomani.

Fiji: Droasese, Wainiqolo, Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu, Tuisova,

Radradra, Tela, Kuruvoli, Mawi, Matavesi, Tagi, Nasilasila,

Cirikidaveta, Tagitagivalu, Botia, Mata.

Replacements: Habosi for Wainiqolo (42), Botitu for Tuisova (66), Lomani for Kuruvoli (47), Ravai for Mawi (50), Ikanivere for Matavesi (50), Doge for Tagi (51), Mayanavanua for Nasilasila (66), Tuisue for Botia (59).

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