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Feisty Fiji stun Wallabies

Simione Kuruvoli kicked 14 factors as Fiji secured their first win of the 2023 World Cup with a gritty victory over Australia in Saint Etienne on Sunday.

It was a must-win sport for Fiji after narrowly dropping their opening Pool C match to Wales final week, they usually have been in spectacular type and full worth for a 22-15 triumph at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Fiji held a slim 12-8 half-time lead on the again of 4 penalties from scrumhalf Simione Kuruvoli, whereas a Ben Donaldson penalty and an unconverted attempt from winger Mark Nawaqanitawase put the Wallabies on the scoreboard.

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The Pacific Islanders prolonged their benefit after the break with a transformed landing from powerhouse inside centre Josua Tuisova, earlier than substitute Frank Lomani break up the uprights.

Wallaby speedster Suliasi Vunivalu crossed the whitewash late on, however a dogged defensive effort from the lads in white was sufficient to maintain their quarter-final hopes alive with their first success in opposition to the Aussies in 69 years.

Subsequent up for Fiji is a conflict versus Georgia on 30 September whereas the Australians, who comfortably beat the Georgians within the opening spherical, will look to reignite their marketing campaign once they tackle unbeaten Wales on Saturday.

Picture: Francis Bompard/AFP



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