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Summary

  1. Pool A result: Australia 28-13 Fiji
  2. Australian win first match but no bonus point
  3. David Pocock two tries in four minutes
  4. Prop Sekope Kepu scores second-half try
  5. Match played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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Australia 28-13 Fiji

So Australia impressed, yet they leave the Millennium Stadium bonus-pointless.

Will that prove crucial when push comes to shove in Pool A? Only time will tell.

Thanks for joining us - we'll see you again in around 35 minutes' time for France v Romania.

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But you can consider yourselves rather lucky, because there's still plenty to catch up on in the meantime...

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- There's reaction to Scotland's five-try victory over Japan. 

- And an iWonder guide interestingly titled 'A load of balls'.

- To get the grey matter working, we've also created a Wales v England World Cup quiz. 

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Feeling sad because Australia v Fiji is over? No need, because from 19:30 BST we'll have live text commentary on France v Romania from the Olympic Stadium. Kick off in that Pool D contest is at 20:00 BST.

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Australia 28-13 Fiji

Australia coach Michael Cheika: "I thought it was a really good game, and a good workout for us. It was physical. I think at times in the second half, you could tell it was our first game in a while. The guys were blowing a bit. But we came through well.

"We haven't thought about the bonus point. It's not Super Rugby, it's the World Cup. I had to ask the question if they had the bonus point here because I don't think they have it in the northern hemisphere.

"I'll turn the whole team around for the game against Uruguay on Sunday. I'll see how Slips [James Slipper] goes with the concussion case, but otherwise I'll turn the whole team around."

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Fiji finished on the up, which is why they end the match having enjoyed 53% of possession. Australia had already done the damage, though, by the time Fiji had stirred and revived. 

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Australia 28-13 Fiji

Australia captain Steven Moore: "I thought Fiji were terrific; they're a much-improved side. We're happy with our efforts, but there's plenty to work on for the next Test. Our coach Michael Cheika hasn't spoken to us about the bonus point - Test footy is about winning."

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"I thought Australia were fantastic in the first half and early in the second. They controlled the game. Their set-piece is far better than we've seen in the past. They look a very accomplished side.

"They've got a lot of depth; they've got good quality players on the sidelines ready to come in. They were pressurised in the second half but they worked hard and defended well.

"They've set a bit of a benchmark that Wales and England will be looking at."

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Well played, both.

And, though it matters little now, there was one area where Fiji did actually beat Australia and that was in the offloads, with the Fijians offloading 11 times in the tackle compared to Australia's one.

Australia v Fiji
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Australia 28-13 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

"David Pocock has been excellent for Australia. He's carried more than he has in the past. We know what he's capable of at the breakdown, and we've seen that time and time again this evening."

Pocock, playing at number eight, is announced as man of the match.

Full-time

Australia 28-13 Fiji

But two knock-ons in quick succession from both sides makes from a scrappy ending, with Glen Jackson's final whistle eventually arriving as the ball dribbles out of play.

Neither team seemed to want the game to end and, truth be told, nor did I. An entertaining watch, but the win is Australia's

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Right then, we'll have a scrum deep inside the Australia half - will there be one final flourish?

The answer is a maybe, as the Wallabies win a penalty and quickly head for touch. They'll go in search of a bonus point...

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Nemani Nadolo is tackled
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"You've got to applaud the Australian defence. I'd say there are 30 tired men out there.

"It's been the Fiji of old in this second half, with good handling and footwork. But Australia's defensive work has managed to keep them out - and this result is going to pretty much put Fiji out of any contention of going through."

Australia 28-13 Fiji

The game is surely over, but Fiji's spirit will not be broken. Lock Leone Nakarawa is the star of their last move, offloading spectacularly under a Wallaby challenge, but at last an exhausting period of play comes to an end.

Slightly bizarrely for a match between Australia and Fiji played in Wales, a rendition of "Swing low, sweet chariot" breaks out.

Australia 28-13 Fiji

An overlap is wasted on the left, but Fiji still come forward, this time through Niki Goneva...

Australia 28-13 Fiji

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The last 20 minutes or so have been close, which is why it's 50-50 in possession between the two teams, but Bernard Foley's recent penalty may well prove the difference.

The packs get together for a scrum 10 metres from the line, from which Fiji win a penalty. They run it...

Sin-bin - Kuridrani

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Tevita Kuridrani is shown a yellow card
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They've been warned, have the Australians, and Tevita Kuridrani has paid the price - yellow-carded by referee Glen Jackson for coming off his feet competing at a ruck.

The Wallabies will end the contest a man light.

Australia 28-13 Fiji

They're not going away though, make no mistake. Ben Volavola launches a clearance up field and scrum-half Nick Phipps, back tracking under the high ball, can only drop the ball into touch.

Kurtley Beale is on for Matt Giteau too, by the way.

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

The Australia scrum
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"If Australia get their set-piece right, they can compete against any nation in the world. Since they brought Mario Ledesma in as scrum coach, there have been signs that they're doing just that. I'm sure Michael Cheika will be talking about Ledesma in the press conference afterwards, because he's certainly made a difference."

Penalty - Foley

Australia 28-13 Fiji

Bernard Foley, despite a good dose of jeering from the Millennium Stadium crowd, keeps his composure to slot the penalty.

They move 15 points ahead, more than a couple of converted Fijian tries.

Australia 25-13 Fiji

But Australia, perhaps with fresher legs on from the bench, draw a penalty and Bernard Foley will have a shot at goal.

It looked as though skipper Akapusi Qera was the man to blame on that occasion.

Australia 25-13 Fiji

Fiji are dragging themselves back into this game and in the second half it is Australia's discipline which has faltered, with the Wallabies (white dots) conceding four penalties in dangerous positions. Fiji have only been punished twice, and that was in the Australian half.

A Fijian knock-on sees Nick Pipps called into action for the first time though, inserting at a scrum just inside opposition territory.

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Australia 25-13 Fiji

James Slipper goes off
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And James Slipper, though back to his feet and able to walk, will certainly play no further part. Scott Sio's back on in his place.

Nick Phipps is also on at scrum-half, replacing Will Gnia.

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Dave Fassam: Australia are looking good, but Fiji look a little tired. Got to question the fixture lists in RWCs!

Ewan Clark: Fiji have been sloppy today.

John M Butt: Too many rules now at the breakdown. Too many penalties and yellow cards. It’s time the rules were thinned down to let the game flow.

Australia 25-13 Fiji

The Wallabies line-out has fast become a bit of a mess here, as another Stephen Moore throw is grabbed by a white-shirted player.

But as the counter-attack breaks down, there's a bit of concern for Australia's James Slipper and Fiji's Peceli Yato, who clashed heads in the tackle. A sore one.

James Slipper is injured
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Australia 25-13 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Ben Volavola
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"They've given themselves a chance with that try. It's been all Fiji over the last 10 minutes They got that forward drive, Volavola throws the dummy and then it's all about momentum."

Australia 25-13 Fiji

Not if the Wallabies have anything to do with it, and they'll have a penalty after a high tackle from replacement Nemia Soqeta on wing Rob Horne.

Bernard Foley thumps the ball out of play - Fijian defence now needs to be as sharp as their recent attacking.

And it is! They steal the line-out and clear.

Try - Volavola, con Nadolo

Australia 25-13 Fiji

Ben Volavola celebrates scoring a try
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Superb, just superb. Fly-half Ben Volavola, who once represented Australia's Under-20 side at the World Junior Championships, dances past the first tackle and then rolls past the next to touch down under the posts.

Nemani Nadolo converts, Fiji are 12 points behind.

They couldn't, could they?

Australia 25-6 Fiji

This is developing into a brilliant watch as Fiji continue to play with speed and enterprise.

A warning to Australia captain Stephen Moore too, as replacement Greg Holmes is penalised for coming in at the side.

To touch we go. At this point, the non-Australians in the crowd are backing only one team...

Australia 25-6 Fiji

The Flying Fijians are playing right on the edge here, trying everything with ball in hand. This is a now-or-never moment in time.

All the while, Australia make a double change in their front row as Scott Sio and Sekope Kepu are withdrawn for James Slipper and Greg Holmes.

Australia 25-6 Fiji

Fiji are enjoying their best period of the second half, but still it's Australia who have overwhelmingly dominated possession and territory in the last 10 minutes.

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Australia 25-6 Fiji

Rob Simmons
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Stephen Moore has the line-out and Australia secure the ball, but Waisea Nayacalevu is steady under scrum-half Will Genia's big up and under.

Fiji have the ball but they're in the wrong part of the field.

Australia 25-6 Fiji

Right intent, wrong execution. Gabiriele Lovobalavu is the guilty party, sending a floaty pass over the head of Nemani Nadolo and out of play.

Their accuracy has to improve if they're to remain in with a shout.

Australia 25-6 Fiji

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on Radio 5 live sports extra

"So far Australia have probably produced the best rugby of this tournament."

Australia 25-6 Fiji

The ball is back in Australian hands soon enough though, Scott Sio, Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy all trying to punch another hole in that Fijian defence - who actually do well to draw a penalty at the breakdown.

Penalty - Nadolo

Australia 25-6 Fiji

Nemani Nadolo
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And wing Nemani Nadolo successfully lands the kick to reduce the arrears to 19 points.

Still lots to do for the Fijians but it is, at least, a start.

Australia 25-3 Fiji

Straight from the restart, however, Bernard Foley is turned over and then penalised for coming off his feet.

Perhaps surprisingly Fiji will take the three points...

Rob Jones

Former Wales scrum-half on Radio 5 live sports extra

Australia players celebrate
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"That try sums up Australia, and their pace and power. Accuracy of the pass, pace when they go to deck, and everyone is comfortable with the ball in hand.

"Australia are going to be relentless now."

Try - Kepu, con Foley

Australia 25-3 Fiji

Sekope Kepu
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And that's exactly what Australia would've wanted - and what Fiji wouldn't have wanted - to open up this second half.

The green and gold again switch the ball across in search of the fleet-footed Israel Folau, who skips past the first tackler before being brought down.

The damage is already done as the Fijians are left scrambling back though, and prop Sekope Kepu shows a lovely little step to cross from close range.

The conversion from Bernard Foley is good, and this is looking like a long 35 minutes for Fiji.

Australia 18-3 Fiji

Fiji actually steal the ball momentarily, but they're immediately penalised for not releasing.

The Wallabies are wasting no time with the line-out either...