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Australia 64-0 Fiji

Updated: Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 20:55 | Comments

Darius Boyd of Australia scores a try through the tackle of Aaron Groom and Apisai Koroisau of Fiji
Darius Boyd of Australia scores a try through the tackle of Aaron Groom and Apisai Koroisau of Fiji

The World Cup final will be a repeat of the 2008 edition as Australia brushed past Fiji to a record a 64-0 win which was in stark contrast to the semi-final which went before it.

The Kangaroos have barely been troubled throughout a pursuit of a trophy they consider their own and this game proved to be no different as they ran in 11 tries.

More impressively they have not conceded a try in the four games since their opening-day win over England and will be as sure as they can be heading into a clash with New Zealand – the side who toppled them in the showpiece five years ago.

The Kiwis secured a thrilling last-second win over England immediately before this game and as Australia headed out to warm-up they had to step over the host players who were laid strewn on the Wembley turf.

It was a surreal sight at the national stadium but as is always the case with the green and golds, nothing fazes them and Fiji were duly sent packing.

These two sides met at the same stage five years ago and Australia were 52-0 winners and, with Tim Sheens' side also coming out on top when they met in the group stage three weeks ago, there were few thoughts of an upset.

If there were they were put to bed early on as Australia set their stall out, with a show-and-go from Jonathan Thurston and the half-back's subsequent goal putting them 6-0 up.

Greg Bird was then denied a score by the video referee after it was deemed the Fiji defence had been obstructed, before the same man won Australia with possession with a big hit on Fiji captain and former Australia international Petero Civoniceva – playing in his last game at the age of 37.

The mistake proved to be costly as Darius Boyd dotted down in the corner after smart work from Greg Inglis and, although the goal was missed, a third try soon arrived from Cooper Cronk as he was played in by Jarryd Hayne – the versatile back who played for Fiji in the last World Cup.

The Parramatta man rubbed salt in the wounds by scoring himself in the 22nd minute, finding a way in after a left-to-right move, before James Papalii scored from close range three minutes after climbing off the bench.

It had been a chastening first-half for The Bati but it was not over as Hayne snaffled a second on the hooter, with James Tamou ensuring the points continued as he got over with 15 minutes of the second period gone.

It was a case of how many Australia wanted to score at this point and the answer was more as Boyd got his second in the left corner and Hayne completed another hat-trick after running in four tries against the United States a week ago.

Fiji were spent and it showed as Brett Morris ran in a four-pointer before Andrew Fifita wrapped the scoring up.

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