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Summary

  1. FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji
  2. Australia: Tries: Slater (2), Holmes (6), Gagai (2) Goals: Smith (7)
  3. Fiji: Tries: Vunivalu Goal: Koroisau
  4. Kangaroos through to 14th World Cup final
  5. England play Tonga on Saturday (KO 05:00 GMT) - Live on BBC One

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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  1. Until tomorrow

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Fiji and Australia

    One place has been taken in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and another will be contested for tomorrow when England face Tonga in the semi-finals in Auckland.

    Australia have a hand on the Paul Barriere trophy they won in 2013. while a generation of players including Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have the added incentive of bidding to win the competition on home turf.

    Fiji bow out bruised but proud.

    Who will join the Kangaroos in Brisbane next Saturday? England or Tonga? Join us again tomorrow from 04:30 GMT to find out.

  2. BreakingEngland v Tonga teams

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    Kevin Brown

    England have named Kevin Brown in the preliminary starting XIII despite concerns he could be ruled out by concussion he picked up in the Papua New Guinea quarter-final win. It's the same line-up elsewhere, with some big interchange options...

    Tonga swap Tavila Havili with Sione Katoa at hooker, in their only change to the side, Katoa is on the bench.

    England: Widdop; McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Brown, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham, S. Burgess, Whitehead, O'Loughlin

    Replacements: Walmsley, T. Burgess, Currie, Roby

    Tonga: Hopoate; Tupou, Jennings, Hurrell, Fusitu'a; Lolohea, Hingano; Fifita, Havili, Taukiaho, Ma'u, Manu, Taumalolo

    Replacements: Katoa, Terepo, Pangai Jr, Murdoch-Masila

  3. BBC coverage

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    5 Live

    Can't get to a TV or not got the requisite broadband connection? Why not listen then instead?

    It's on BBC Radio 5 live from 05:00 GMT - that's 909 or 693 MW, DAB and online too.

  4. BBC coverage

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    BBC One

    Sam Burgess talking to Wayne Bennett

    You don't need to miss a pass, tackle or kick of England's semi-final against Tonga in Auckland tomorrow morning, as BBC Sport has it all.

    The game is available live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 04:30 GMT.

    It's available on the telly, BBC Sport website and the app.

  5. 'Defensively our effort has been really pleasing'

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Cameron Smith

    Australia captain Cameron Smith: "We have had the same team for two games in a row, we knew the first three pool games everyone had an opportunity and there was going to be rotation.

    "We are the Australia side, there's a lot of expectation, but sometimes it is difficult when you're chopping and changing in key positions.

    "We've got the job done, which is the most pleasing thing, against a fairly good footy side who are good when they have the ball and we kept them to one try. Defensively our effort has been really pleasing. Five games we've conceded 16 points.

    [In comparison to 2013] "The attitude toward our defence is something quite similar, we won it in 2013 that way, and given we're in the big matches now, that's what's going to win us the games - next week as well.

    "We're confident holding the footy we've got skillful players to create and take points."

  6. 'It was a great effort'

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Mal Meninga

    Australia head coach Mal Meninga: "Very happy, it was a great effort by the team and a good game of footy. That was our best completion rate in this series, but we're a little fatigued, off the back of Darwin in the quarter finals, and we've got a big week coming up around recovery and freshening up for next week.

    "I can't question the attitude, we executed really well and they're a big side so our boys took a lot of bumps and bruises at the back end of an arduous season through Origin, NRL with fatigue setting in it's important we recover really well.

    "Valentine was 'Johnny on the Spot', and he admits all the inside work has been fantastic, and the intercept was well-read but he got it. I've got to give the inside boys a bit of credit."

  7. Mount Smart sell-out

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    Mount Smart Stadium

    Around 30,000 fans will pack Mount Smart - the biggest crowd in 22 years - when England take on Tonga in Auckland tomorrow.

    Not since Stacey Jones and veterans Dean Bell and Greg Alexander had the NZ Warriors rocking in 1995 has the old venue had such a buzz about it.

    It's the second sell-out in New Zealand this tournament, after the Tonga-NZ match had the turnstiles spinning in Hamilton.

  8. The rise, and rise of Tonga

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    Tonga captains run

    England will have watched this morning with a vested interest, for they hope to meet the holders Australia in the final after they take on Tonga in tomorrow's Auckland semi-final.

    It will be a tussle in an atmosphere that could be pretty partisan in favour of the Pacific Islanders at Mount Smart Stadium.

    Wayne Bennett's side - on paper - have had as easy a route to this stage as in any tournament previous, with the usual semi-final date with New Zealand scuppered by Tonga's terrific win in the groups and Fiji's historic success in the quarters.

    That said, Tonga will be equally as fierce opponents. There's nothing easy about these hulking beasts in practice.

    BBC rugby league correspondent Dave Woods has been looking at the emergence of the nation at this years' competition.

  9. Time for Bennett to shine

    England v Tonga (Saturday, 05:00 GMT)

    Wayne Bennett

    Australia are into the semis, and England's bid to join them kicks off in less than 24 hours time against Tonga.

    England know all about semi-finals. More times than they'd like, the Lions have been to the last four and packed their bags for home after the final hooter.

    Fine margins, seconds out, all over.

    Wayne Bennett was brought in to take England to the next level. They are 80 minutes away from a first final appearance since Wembley in 1995 - the game's centenary year.

    The proof will be in the pudding...

  10. 'The game just ran away from us'

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Fiji coach Mick Potter: "I thought it got away from us early, we were a little ill disciplined early on and you cannot give Australia penalties and field position.

    "The game just ran away from us. The boys tried their hardest and I cannot ask any more than that

    "We were nice and aggressive but over-cooked it a bit – and giving them easy metres off the back of penalties was cutting our own throat really.

    "England might have a chance but Australia are fast and good and if they make a mistake they make you pay."

    Mick Potter
  11. Six of the best for Holmes

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Valentine Holmes

    Australia record try scorer Valentine Holmes: "It feels just as good scoring six tries as it did scoring five tries. Full credit to the team for the victory. I’m loving the tournament and I’m very pleased that we have made the final.

    "We made a few errors last week so we tried to tire them down before having a go ourselves."

  12. 'It's been a great opportunity'

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama: "It’s been a great opportunity to progress to the finals and a tough test for us against the Aussies. For Fiji, this has been great.

    "We’ve created a real brotherhood in the camp that can’t be broken. I also want to thank the fans for their support.

    "The only way we'll get better is being tested by the big teams. More Tests matches like that will be good for us."

    Kevin Naiqama and Valentine Holmes
  13. Australia and the World Cup

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Australia celebrate in 2013

    Australia are 10-times champions of the World Cup, having been beaten just three times in their 13 final appearances since 1957.

    They won in 2013, but lost in 2008. That was their first blip since 1972. And Great Britain. Good omen?

  14. 'We’ve just got to give the ball to Val'

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Cameron Smith

    Australia captain Cameron Smith: "In the first three games, we had different players playing in key positions. So it was always going to be a bit clunky. Mal said everyone was going to get a run out. We’ve found our continuity and it seems to be working out. I’m pleased with how we’ve responded with our attack and we’re now playing some nice attacking football.

    "I’m really pleased with the effort the boys have put in and we are scoring points. We’ve just got to give the ball to Valentine Holmes.

    "It’s been really warm which has made it a big challenge but use but the staff have done a great job looking after us so I would like to thank them for that."

  15. How do you stop Australia?

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Answers on a postcard, please.

    The Fijians had a pack to match in terms of intensity but when Australia make interchanges there is no let up in the aggression and power.

    That seems to be the difference.

    Skillful, tough, unstoppable?

    Billy Slater
  16. Joint sing-along

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Both sets of players are joined in claps and song, in a large ring, with kids in tow as the end of the game turns into a mutual show of respect and celebration.

    If any team could put a smile on the face after a 54-6 defeat, then it's Fiji with their relentless optimism and killer harmonies. Lovely touch.

    Australia and Fiji players
  17. History makers

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Valentine Holmes

    Australia continue their seemingly unstoppable march to silverware with what on paper looks a routine dismantling of a last four side.

    They rode out the early storm, and then executed sensationally to put the game beyond the Fijians.

    Valentine Holmes got six tries to smash records across the board, and take his place at the top of the tryscorers charts.

    Mal Meninga's side will return to Brisbane next Saturday with the prospect of either England or Tonga. They can watch that game with interest.

  18. Fijian pride should not be dented

    FT: Australia 54-6 Fiji

    They might not feel like it right now, but Fiji should be extremely proud.

    Fiji have reached the semi-finals for three tournaments in a row, their cultural exchanges have been breathtaking, as has their football.

    Australia were a bridge too far in the end. Plenty to be positive about for Mick Potter and company.

    Fiji players
  19. Full time

    Australia 54-6 Fiji

    Australia progress to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup final with a hugely dominant 54-6 victory over Fiji. It's their 14th final in the history of the comp.

    Six tries for Valentine Holmes. He's the new record holder. His 12 tries also make him tournament top scorer.

    Valentine Holmes
  20. Post update

    Australia 54-6 Fiji

    In the last minute. Looks like men against boys as Wade Graham hauls down Kevin Naiqama.

    Here goes Akuila Uate... snared by Billy Slater!