Tries: Slater (2), Holmes (6), Gagai (2) Goals: Smith (7)
Tries: Vunivalu Goals: Koroisau
World cup holders and Hosts Australia cruised into the World cup final with another record breaking effort as they saw off a valiant FIJI 54 -6 in Brisbane at the weekend.
Wingman Valentine Holmes was again rewriting the record books, only a week after becoming the first person to ever score five tries in a world cup match during his teams defeat of Samoa in the Quarter final. This time the Cronulla Sharks full back went one better and scored no less than 6 tries as his team took Fiji to the cleaners.
Fiji who were still on a high from their 4-2 win over the tournaments 2nd favourites New Zealand in the last round, took an early lead through a Koroisau penalty, but that was as close as they got as the Green machine clinked into gear and tries from Billy Slater, Dani Gagai, a brace from Holmes and three conversions from Mr reliable Cameroon Smith gave them a 22-2 halt time lead.
Holmes notched up his hat trick try within a minute of the restart before Slater added his second of the game to take himself clear as the competitions all-time leading try scorer.
With Holmes sniffing another record he seemed to be everywhere, and he notched up his fourth on 52 minutes as Fiji continued to shoot themselves in the foot with sloppy errors and reckless penalties gifting the Kangaroo’s procession and territory.
In one of the rare occasions Fiji did manage to get an attacking set on the Australian line they did manage to score what was only the fourth try the Kangaroos have conceded throughout the tournament, with Melbourne Storm flyer Vunivalu diving in at the corner.
This only seemed to re awaken the beast and gave Fiji some renewed hope. But unfortunately, it was far too little too late as Holmes equalled his own record with his fifth and Gagai notched up his second as they both crossed after some excellent work by the Australian forwards. With only minutes reminding and his team mates trying their best to create the opportunities, Holmes made it 6 tries when his Centre Josh Duggan unselfishly provided the pass a metre from the line, after drawing in the Fijian defence.
Australia will now stay in Brisbane as they await the victors of the other semi final involving England and Tonga for next weeks final.