24 November, 2017
RLWC2017 is pleased to provide detailed notes for the media on each match during the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Rugby League World Cup.
History and Statistics: Australia v Fiji
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AUSTRALIA v FIJI
Australia 52 (B.Slater 3, J.Thurston 3, B.Tate 2, P.Gallen, G.Inglis tries; Thurston 6 goals) defeated Fiji 0 at Sydney Football Stadium, Sunday night, November 16, 2008 (7.55pm).
- These nations met in World Cup semi-finals in 2008 and 2013. Details were:
Scrums: Australia 8-6. Penalties: 4-all. Crowd: 15,855. Referee: Ashley Klein. Halftime: Australia 26-0. Goalkickers: Thurston (Australia) 6/10
AUSTRALIA: Billy Slater; Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate; Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston; Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Anthony Laffranchi, Glenn Stewart, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Kite, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon. Coach: Ricky Stuart.
FIJI: Jarryd Hayne; Semi Tadulala, Wes Naiqama (c), Daryl Millard, Akuila Uate; Alipate Noilea, Aaron Groom; Osea Sadrau, Waisale Sukanaveita, Ilisoni Vonomateiratu, Ashton Sims, Sevanaia Koroi, Jayson Bukuya. Interchange: James Storer, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Semisi Tora, Jone Wesele. Coach: Joe Dakuitoga.
Australia 64 (J.Hayne 3, D.Boyd 2, J.Thurston, C.Cronk, J.Papalii, J.Tamou, B.Morris, A.Fifita tries; Thurston 10 goals) defeated Fiji 0 at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, November 23, 2013 (3.30pm).
Scrums: Fiji 4-2. Penalties: Australia 10-6. Crowd: 67,545. Referee: Richard Silverwood. Halftime: Australia 34-0. Goalkickers: Thurston (Australia) 10/11. Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston (Australia).
AUSTRALIA: Greg Inglis; Brett Morris, Brent Tate, Jarryd Hayne, Darius Boyd; Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk; Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (c), James Tamou, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Papalii, Andrew Fifita, Corey Parker. Coach: Tim Sheens.
FIJI: Kevin Naiqama; Marika Koroibete, Sisa Waqa, Wes Naiqama, Akuila Uate; Daryl Millard, Aaron Groom; Ashton Sims, James Storer, Petero Civoniceva (c), Tariq Sims, Jayson Bukuya, Eloni Vunakece. Interchange: Apisai Koroisau, Junior Roqica, Kane Evans, Semi Radradra. Coach: Rick Stone.
Most Tries in a World Cup tournament
- Fiji winger Suliasi Vunivalu is the leading tryscorer at RLWC2017, with eight. He is only two tries short of Wendell Sailor’s record of 10 for a World Cup tournament, set in 2000
10 Wendell Sailor (Australia) 2000
9 Lesley Vainikolo (New Zealand) 2000
9 Jarryd Hayne (Australia) 2013
9 Brett Morris (Australia) 2013
8 Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji) 2017
Year Venue Winner Score
- Australia have won all five World Cup matches played against Fiji
1995 McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield Australia 66-0
2000 Gateshead International Stadium Australia 66-8
2008 Sydney Football Stadium Australia 52-0
2013 Langtree Park, St Helens Australia 34-2
2013 Wembley Stadium, London Australia 64-0
Most World Cup Appearances
- Australian captain Cameron Smith will play his 16th World Cup match, eclipsing the all-time World Cup record of Australia’s Bob Fulton
15 Bob Fulton (Australia)
15 Cameron Smith (Australia)
14 Roger Millward (Great Britain, England)
14 Arthur Beetson (Australia)
14 Dennis Williams (New Zealand)
14 George Nicholls (Great Britain, England)
14 John Atkinson (Great Britain, England)
- Australia are aiming for their 11th consecutive victory in World Cup competition
Australia’s Past 10 World Cup matches
Year Opponent Result
2013 England Won 28-20
2013 Fiji Won 34-2
2013 Ireland Won 50-0
2013 USA Won 62-0
2013 Fiji Won 64-0
2013 New Zealand Won 34-2
2017 England Won 18-4
2017 France Won 52-6
2017 Lebanon Won 34-0
2017 Samoa Won 46-0
- Australian fullback Billy Slater and Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne are the leading try scorers in World Cup history with 14
Most World Cup Tries
14 Jarryd Hayne (Australia, Fiji)
14 Billy Slater (Australia)
13 Bob Fulton (Australia)
11 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)
10 Wendell Sailor (Australia)
9 Clive Sullivan (Great Britain, England)
9 Lesley Vainikolo (New Zealand)
9 Brett Morris (Australia)
9 Ryan Hall (England)
9 Michael Jennings (Tonga, Australia)
- Australia have not conceded a second-half point in their past nine World Cup games
- Fiji play in Brisbane for the first time
- Australia have lost their past three Tests at Suncorp Stadium. Their last win was in 2009
Australia’s Past four Tests at Suncorp Stadium
Year Opponent Result
2009 New Zealand Won 38-10
2010 New Zealand Lost 12-16
2014 New Zealand Lost 12-30
2015 New Zealand Lost 12-26