Fiji Rugby league pulled off one of the all-time greatest shocks of the Rugby League world cup beating 2nd favourites New Zealand 4-2 in a scrappy try less game in Wellington.
After nominating the opening half on everything other than the score board, Fiji showed guts and commitment as the 2nd tier nation took it to the former world cup winners. The only points of the first half came from the boot of Apisai Koroisau, although they did cross the line twice in the first half, only for both efforts to be ruled out by the Video ref.
The second half was also a nail baiter as Shaun Johnson levelled for the Kiwi’s before Taane Milne held his nerve midway through the half with his first attempt at goal to make it 4-2 to the Balti!
Although Fiji are no strangers to the semi-final stage having reached the last three world cup semi’s this is the first time they have ever defeated one of the big three Tier nations of Australia, New Zealand and England. The win now sees them repeat of the 2013 world cup semi where they played Australia.
The current holders Australia and Fiji next opponents booked their place in the semi’s the day before cruising to a 46-0 record defeat of Samoa1 star of the show was the Kangaroo’s winger Valentine Holmes so scored a recorded breaking 5 tries. One better than his team mate Wade Graham who equalled the former record of 4 in their pool match against France two weeks earlier. Other tries went to half back Michael Morgan who notched up a first half double and Billy Slater who re-joined former Kangaroo and current Fijian star Jarrod Hayne at the top of the all-time world cup try scoring charts with 16.
In the third quarter final Tonga were made to work hard by an impressive Lebanon side pushing the much-fancied pacific islanders all the way, eventually going down 24 -22. The Cedars had trailed by only 6 points at the break but when Abbas Miski scored with 10 minutes left to close the gap to two points, the final 10 minutes had every true rugby league fan on the edge of their seats.
Tonga will now go on to play in there 1st ever major semi-final as they take on England in Auckland on Saturday morning.