Eddie Jones’s side ended their five-game losing streak in convincing fashion as they beat Georgia 35-15 on the opening weekend of the tournament. Jones is in his second stint managing the Wallabies and will be keen to build on that opening-weekend momentum against the Pacific Islanders, who they are unbeaten against since 1954.
Fiji, however, will provide a mighty test as they look to bounce back from their heartbreaking 32-26 defeat to Wales in Bordeaux last weekend – a game they probably should have won – with their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals resting on securing a victory.
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Eddie Jones’s side ended their five-game losing streak in convincing fashion as they beat Georgia 35-15 on the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup. Jones is in his second stint managing the Wallabies and will be keen to build on that opening-weekend momentum against the Pacific Islanders who they are unbeaten against since 1954.
Fiji, however, will provide a stern test as they look to bounce back from their heartbreaking 32-26 defeat to Wales in Bordeaux last weekend and keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.
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Luke Baker17 September 2023 16:25
Australia team news – captain Will Skelton ruled out with calf
Australia captain Will Skelton has been withdrawn from today’s crunch World Cup clash against Fiji with a calf strain after failing to prove his fitness.
Hooker Dave Porecki will lead the Wallabies in the Pool C match in his absence, while Richie Arnold will take his place in the second row and Matt Philip comes in as cover for the locks on the bench.
Skelton’s injury is a second blow for Australia this week as they prepare for a match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard which could all but earn them a place in the quarter-finals. Tighthead prop Taniela “Tongan Thor” Tupou will miss the match after sustaining a hamstring strain also described as minor by team officials.
Team: 15-Ben Donaldson, 14-Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13-Jordan Petaia, 12-Samu Kerevi, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Carter Gordon, 9-Nic White, 8-Rob Valetini, 7-Fraser McReight, 6-Tom Hooper, 5-Richie Arnold, 4-Nick Frost, 3-James Slipper, 2-David Porecki (captain), 1-Angus Bell
Replacements: 16-Jordan Uelese, 17-Blake Schoupp, 18-Zane Nonggorr, 19-Matt Philip, 20-Rob Leota, 21-Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22-Lalakai Foketi, 23-Suliasi Vunivalu
Luke Baker17 September 2023 16:17
Australia vs Fiji
Ok, with that huge South Africa win in the books, we’ll be turning our attention to Australia vs Fiji very shortly. It’s arguably the biggest game of the weekend with serious implications in the race for the quarter-final places in Pool C.
Luke Baker17 September 2023 16:04
South Africa 76-0 Romania
Here was one of Makazole Mapimpi’s three tries today. A superb performance from the flying winger
Luke Baker17 September 2023 16:02
FULL-TIME! South Africa 76-0 Romania
And that’s it! All over in Bordeaux as South Africa do exactly what’s expected of them – they thump Romania 76-0, very impressive.
Reinach and Mapimpi with hat-tricks and they now turn attention towards Ireland. A huge game
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:49
South Africa 76-0 Romania, 80 mins
Makazole Mapimpi named player of the match. He’s scored a hat-trick, so it’s fair enough, but Kwagga Smith deserves a serious nod for his breakdown work and turnover count.
Scrum in midfield, free-kick to South Africa as the clock turns red. We’re gonna reset with a Springbok put-in this time. Final knockings.
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:48
South Africa 76-0 Romania, 78 mins
Some, frankly ineffectual, phases and the Oaks then knock on in contact. Probably a fitting summary of their day – they’ve been outclassed here, completely understandably I hasten to add.
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:46
South Africa 76-0 Romania, 77 mins
Into the final couple of minutes. Romania have a lineout on the 22. Can they get anything from their day?
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:45
TRY! South Africa 76-0 Romania (Willie le Roux, 74 mins)
And another! Willie le Roux has his first World Cup try. Remarkable really, given what a great player he’s been and that he’s at his third tournament.
The Springboks have played an expansive game in this second half, they go from left to right, Le Roux has Mapimpi outside him but slides through a gap himself and runs over the line. De Klerk’s conversion hits the post
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:44
South Africa 71-0 Romania, 72 mins
Desperate scramble defence from Romania. Steven Kitshoff lowers his shoulder and smashes defenders out of the way down the right flank, rumbling forward.
He’s eventually hauled down metres from the line, Hendrikse picks and goes for the corner but two defenders just drag him out short of the line.
Luke Baker17 September 2023 15:40