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Rugby World Cup: Australia 28-13 Fiji: Wallabies overcome Fiji but fail to pick up bonus point

By Phil Blanche

Published 23/09/2015

Australia's Michael Hooper (centre) is tackled by Fiji's Peceli Yato and Akapusi Qera (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Australia's Michael Hooper (centre) is tackled by Fiji's Peceli Yato and Akapusi Qera (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Fiji's Metuisela Talebula is tackled by Australia's Bernard Foley and Rob Horne (left) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia's full-back Israel Folau (L) tackles Fiji's centre Gabiriele Lovobalavu during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's lock Rob Simmons (L) catches the ball in a line out against Fiji's lock Leone Nakarawa (R) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's hooker Talemaitoga Tuapati (L) tackles Australia's flanker Michael Hooper during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Peceli Yato of Fiji collides with James Slipper of Australia leading to Slipper leaving the field injured during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji is tackled by David Pocock of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji scores his teams opening try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Fiji's Waisea Nayacalevu is driven around the side of the pitch on a buggy after leaving the pitch injured during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji perform the Cibi before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Waisea Nayacalevu lies injured during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia fan cheers on his side in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia's players celebrate after their number 8 David Pocock (2nd L) scored a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's number 8 David Pocock (L) and Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (R) block Fiji's lock Tevita Cavubati (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nikola Matawalu (L) is tackled by Australia's fly half Bernard Foley during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nikola Matawalu runs with the ball during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's lock Leone Nakarawa (C) passes the ball during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's lock Tevita Cavubati (R) catches the ball in a line out against Australia's lock Kane Douglas (L) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's and Fiji's players scuffle after a scrum during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's and Australia's players vie in a scrum during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's centre Vereniki Goneva (L) is tackled by Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's centre Vereniki Goneva (L) is tackled by Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Vereniki Goneva of Fiji is tackled by David Pocock and Michael Hooper of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Will Genia of Australia passes the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Israel Folau of Australia jumps for the ball with Metuisela Talebula and Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: A scuffle breaks out between Australia and Fiji players during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Rob Horne of Australia tackles Metuisela Talebula of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Australia players line up prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: A fisheye lense was used for this image.) A general view as the teams walk out during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Australia's Michael Hooper (centre) is tackled by Fiji's Peceli Yato and Akapusi Qera (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Waisea Nayacalevu is driven around the side of the pitch on a buggy after leaving the pitch injured during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji perform the Cibi before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Waisea Nayacalevu lies injured during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia fan cheers on his side in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Australia's players celebrate after their number 8 David Pocock (2nd L) scored a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's number 8 David Pocock (L) and Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (R) block Fiji's lock Tevita Cavubati (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nikola Matawalu (L) is tackled by Australia's fly half Bernard Foley during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nikola Matawalu runs with the ball during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's lock Leone Nakarawa (C) passes the ball during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's lock Tevita Cavubati (R) catches the ball in a line out against Australia's lock Kane Douglas (L) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's and Fiji's players scuffle after a scrum during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's and Australia's players vie in a scrum during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's centre Vereniki Goneva (L) is tackled by Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's centre Vereniki Goneva (L) is tackled by Australia's flanker Michael Hooper (C) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Ben Volavola of Fiji is tackled by Sekope Kepu of Australia (3) during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Vereniki Goneva of Fiji is tackled by David Pocock and Michael Hooper of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Will Genia of Australia passes the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Israel Folau of Australia jumps for the ball with Metuisela Talebula and Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: A scuffle breaks out between Australia and Fiji players during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Netani Talei of Fiji performs the Cibi during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Rob Horne of Australia tackles Metuisela Talebula of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Australia players line up prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: (EDITORS NOTE: A fisheye lense was used for this image.) A general view as the teams walk out during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Australia fans look on prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Australia fans in fancy dress before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: PA
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Australia merchandise is displayed outside the ground during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: John McKee, Head Coach of Fiji looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: John McKee, Head Coach of Fiji looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Michael Cheika (L), Head Coach of Australia looks on with Forwards Coach Mario Ledesma prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: Michael Cheika, Head Coach of Australia puts the ball into the scrum ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: A young girl holds a Fijian flag ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
A general view of the Millennium stadium prior to kickoff during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: A young girl holds a Fijian flag ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Argentina's supporters wear Zebra-shaped hats prior to a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Australian fans make their way to the stadium ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Fiji fans in fancy dress before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's wing Asaeli Tikoirotuma catches a ball during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 22, 2015, on the eve of their 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Australia. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's wing Nemani Nadolo kicks a ball during the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 22, 2015, on the eve of their 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Australia. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's wing Nemani Nadolo attends the captain's run at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on September 22, 2015, on the eve of their 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Australia. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's coach John McKee throws a ball as he attends the captain's run on September 22, 2015 at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, on the eve of their Rugby World Cup 2015 match against Australia. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 22: Nemani Nadolo of Fiji practices his kicking during the Fiji Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on September 22, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 22: Nemani Nadolo of Fiji makes his way onto the pitch for the Fiji Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on September 22, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Australia and Fiji scarves on sale before the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 23, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Australia. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at:http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.

Australia opened their World Cup campaign with a 28-13 victory over Fiji in Cardiff but their failure to pick up a bonus point could prove decisive in the final reckoning.

Pool A rivals England and Wales will have been delighted by Fiji's stern second-half resistance as Australia, 25-3 ahead three minutes into the second half, failed to prosper from a position of strength.

England claimed a bonus point against Fiji in their tournament opener at Twickenham, albeit in the final seconds, and Australia must improve when they meet the real heavyweights of this section.

Fiji are almost certainly the first team to perish in the so-called Pool of Death after their opening two games, but the South Sea Islanders can hold their heads high after outplaying Australia in the second half only five days after their Twickenham showing.

There was huge support for Fiji among a 67,000-plus crowd at the Millennium Stadium and Ben Volavola's second-half try was greeted with the sort of roar normally reserved for Wales tries in Cardiff.

But David Pocock's brace in the space of four first-half minutes and Sekope Kepu's try just after the break ensured Australia would get off to a winning start.

Australia chose to play a dynamic game with their two openside stars, Pocock and Michael Hooper, in the back row and they hit the ground running as Fiji were forced to retreat.

Fiji were without back-row forward Dominiko Waqaniburotu, suspended after being cited for a dangerous tackle on England's Jonny May, and they lost wing Waisea Nayacalevu to injury within minutes of the first whistle.

Australia's approach was to get the ball whenever they could and in Israel Folau they had a full-back willing to enter the line at all times and determined to cause danger.

Pressure brought points when Foley landed a 10th-minute penalty but Fiji were level after they had entered the Wallabies' 22 for almost the first time midway through the half.

The South Sea Islanders turned down an initial kick at goal and almost cashed in from Volavola's kick into the corner, Folau climbing well to prevent replacement Asaeli Tikoirotuma from scoring.

But Fiji could not turn down points the second time after Australia had infringed and Nemani Nadolo stroked over a penalty in front of the posts.

Nadolo escaped a yellow card for a high tackle on Folau but Fiji were not so fortunate when Pocock profited from some driving Wallabies' play and Foley converted for a 10-3 lead.

Fiji's problems grew when prop Campese Ma'afu was yellow-carded for kicking the ball away at the base of a ruck and their one-man disadvantage told as they failed to stop Australia's powerful rolling maul.

Pocock was again the man driving the pack and crashed over for his second try, and although Foley missed the conversion, the outside-half was soon on target from 30 metres to give Australia an 18-3 interval lead.

With points difference possibly vital at the end of the group, Australia knew this was an opportunity to put their foot to the floor and Kapu crashed over within three minutes of the re-start after hooker Telemaitoga Tuapati had fallen off a tackle.

But Nadolo responded with a penalty and Fiji found a second wind where they reverted to type and began to stretch the Wallabies' defence with their running ability.

And Volavola picked a lovely gap between Australia second-row forwards Rob Simmons and Kane Douglas on the hour to glide under the posts for a try which Nadolo converted.

Fiji might have been expected to tire after their Twickenham exertions and Australia were content to extend their lead to 28-13 through Foley's third successful penalty rather than chase the bonus-point try.

Australia lost centre Tevita Kuridrani to a yellow card inside the final 10 minutes to virtually end their hopes of picking up a bonus point.

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