Fiji RLWC2017

Date: 24/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)

For all those die hard rugby league fans please see the below statistics and history of previous matches between Australia and Fiji provided by League Information Services

AUSTRALIA v FIJI

  • These nations met in World Cup semi-finals in 2008 and 2013. Details were:

Australia 52 (B.Slater 3, J.Thurston 3, B.Tate 2, P.Gallen, G.Inglis tries; Thurston 6 goals) defeated Fiji 0 at Sydney Football Stadium, Sunday night, November 16, 2008 (7.55pm).
Scrums: Australia 8-6. Penalties: 4-all. Crowd: 15,855. Referee: Ashley Klein. Halftime: Australia 26-0. Goalkickers: Thurston (Australia) 6/10
AUSTRALIA: Billy Slater; Joel Monaghan, Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Brent Tate; Darren Lockyer (c), Johnathan Thurston; Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, Anthony Laffranchi, Glenn Stewart, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Kite, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon. Coach: Ricky Stuart.
FIJI: Jarryd Hayne; Semi Tadulala, Wes Naiqama (c), Daryl Millard, Akuila Uate; Alipate Noilea, Aaron Groom; Osea Sadrau, Waisale Sukanaveita, Ilisoni Vonomateiratu, Ashton Sims, Sevanaia Koroi, Jayson Bukuya. Interchange: James Storer, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Semisi Tora, Jone Wesele. Coach: Joe Dakuitoga.
 
Australia 64 (J.Hayne 3, D.Boyd 2, J.Thurston, C.Cronk, J.Papalii, J.Tamou, B.Morris, A.Fifita tries; Thurston 10 goals) defeated Fiji 0 at Wembley Stadium, London, Saturday, November 23, 2013 (3.30pm).
Scrums: Fiji 4-2. Penalties: Australia 10-6. Crowd: 67,545. Referee: Richard Silverwood. Halftime: Australia 34-0. Goalkickers: Thurston (Australia) 10/11. Man of the match: Johnathan Thurston (Australia).
AUSTRALIA: Greg Inglis; Brett Morris, Brent Tate, Jarryd Hayne, Darius Boyd; Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk; Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (c), James Tamou, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Papalii, Andrew Fifita, Corey Parker. Coach: Tim Sheens.
FIJI: Kevin Naiqama; Marika Koroibete, Sisa Waqa, Wes Naiqama, Akuila Uate; Daryl Millard, Aaron Groom; Ashton Sims, James Storer, Petero Civoniceva (c), Tariq Sims, Jayson Bukuya, Eloni Vunakece. Interchange: Apisai Koroisau, Junior Roqica, Kane Evans, Semi Radradra. Coach: Rick Stone.

Fiji winger Suliasi Vunivalu is the leading tryscorer at RLWC2017, with eight. He is only two tries short of Wendell Sailor’s record of 10 for a World Cup tournament, set in 2000

Most Tries in a World Cup tournament
10        Wendell Sailor (Australia)                                 2000
 9          Lesley Vainikolo (New Zealand)                       2000
 9          Jarryd Hayne (Australia)                                   2013
 9          Brett Morris (Australia)                                      2013
 8          Suliasi Vunivalu (Fiji)                                         2017

  • Australia have won all five World Cup matches played against Fiji

Year                Venue                                                                 Winner                Score
1995               McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield                    Australia                       66-0
2000               Gateshead International Stadium                   Australia                       66-8
2008               Sydney Football Stadium                               Australia                       52-0
2013               Langtree Park, St Helens                               Australia                       34-2
2013               Wembley Stadium, London                            Australia                        64-0

  • Australian captain Cameron Smith will play his 16th World Cup match, eclipsing the all-time World Cup record of Australia’s Bob Fulton

Most World Cup Appearances
15                   Bob Fulton (Australia)
15                   Cameron Smith (Australia)
14                   Roger Millward (Great Britain, England)
14                   Arthur Beetson (Australia)
14                   Dennis Williams (New Zealand)
14                   George Nicholls (Great Britain, England)
14                   John Atkinson (Great Britain, England)
 

  • Australia are aiming for their 11th consecutive victory in World Cup competition

 
Australia’s Past 10 World Cup matches
 
Year                Opponent             Result
2013               England                  Won 28-20
2013               Fiji                           Won 34-2
2013               Ireland                     Won 50-0
2013               USA                         Won 62-0
2013               Fiji                           Won 64-0
2013               New Zealand           Won 34-2
2017               England                   Won 18-4
2017               France                     Won 52-6
2017               Lebanon                  Won 34-0
2017               Samoa                     Won 46-0
 

  • Australian fullback Billy Slater and Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne are the leading try scorers in World Cup history with 14

 
Most World Cup Tries
14                    Jarryd Hayne (Australia, Fiji)
14                    Billy Slater (Australia)
13                    Bob Fulton (Australia)
11                    Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand)
10                    Wendell Sailor (Australia)
 9                     Clive Sullivan (Great Britain, England)
 9                     Lesley Vainikolo (New Zealand)
 9                     Brett Morris (Australia)
 9                     Ryan Hall (England)
 9                     Michael Jennings (Tonga, Australia)
 

  • Australia have not conceded a second-half point in their past nine World Cup games
     
  • Fiji play in Brisbane for the first time
     
  • Australia have lost their past three Tests at Suncorp Stadium. Their last win was in 2009

 
Australia’s Past four Tests at Suncorp Stadium
 
Year                Opponent                Result
2009               New Zealand            Won 38-10
2010               New Zealand            Lost 12-16
2014               New Zealand            Lost 12-30
2015               New Zealand            Lost 12-26

 

 

 

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