Two tries from David Pocock and one from Sekope Kepu saw Australia kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.
Pocock’s brace gave the Wallabies an 18-3 first-half lead before Kepu added a third to give Australia a seemingly convincing lead.
However, Fiji showed their never-say-die approach when fly-half Ben Volavola touched down and Nemani Nadolo converted to set up an enthralling finale as Australia chased the elusive fourth try and bonus point.
The Wallabies had drawn first blood in a first half littered with penalties when Foley kicked over and Nadolo levelled the score in the 21st minute.
Number eight Pocock touched down in the 26th and 31st minutes.
Kepu added a third with a powerful drive and Foley converted to put Australia in control before Nadolo gave Fiji hope with a lone penalty but it wasn’t to be.
An early blow for Fiji came when wing Waisea Nayacalevu twisted his knee in a tackle with Michael Hooper and was forced off. Nayacalevu was replaced by Asaeli Tikoirotuma.
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