The Wallabies have defeated Fiji by 28-13 in their opening World Cup match in Cardiff.
In an intense game, the Wallabies proved they were too good for the Fijians, with David Pocock shining for the Aussies. Playing out of position at number eight, Pocock scored two tries off the back of rolling mauls in a man-of-the-match performance. Bernard Foley added valuable points to the Australian scoreline, kicking three penalties, and two conversions. Sekope Kepu crossed in the second half.
The Wallabies missed out on the bonus point for the match but by not scoring four tries, but coach Michael Cheika, however, was unfazed.
“We haven’t thought about the bonus point,” Cheika said in his press conference. “It’s not Super Rugby, it’s the World Cup. I’m new to test footy, but for me winning a test match, that’s all you need to do … and then move on to the next one.”
The Fijians weren’t without flashes of brilliance, with former Waratahs half Ben Volavola sneaking through the Wallabies defence for the Islanders’ only try.
Australia faces Uruguay in Birmingham on Sunday, with Cheika indicating he will name a different starting 15 for the match. – Ellen Conroy
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