Holmes bags 6 tries as Australia ends Fiji's World Cup dreams

Valentine Holmes scores yet another try in Brisbane

It was the second match in a row that Holmes had shattered that record, having scored five tries against Samoa last week.

Holmes plays at full-back for Cronulla Sharks in the NRL but has been clinical on the wing for the Kangaroos at the World Cup - and is in record-breaking form.

While this scoreline wasn't as one-sided as that one, it was again a mismatch.

At least they avoided a whitewash here, opening the scoring with a sixth minute penalty from Apisau Koroisau. Smith failed to convert and Australia were starting to look like they were about to shift up a gear.

The Australians kept up the pacing in the second half, scoring two tries in five minutes.

Jarryd Hayne was in the thick of it early with a big hit on Billy Slater but his team conceded too many penalties to stay in the contest.

Aaron Woods left the field at that time with a shoulder injury, while Matt Gillett bombed a try for Australia, when his pass to Dane Gagai with no one in front of him went hopelessly forward.

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However, unlike the Kiwis in the quarterfinals, the Kangaroos were able to regain their composure against Fiji. Holmes took an intercept inside the first 90 seconds and ran 90 metres to score his third try of the game. Slater waltzed over for a try.

Holmes picked up his second with another overlap on the edge in the 25th minute.

Fiji finally crossed the line with a brilliant try from Melbourne Storm star Suliasi Vunivalu on the back of a great Akuila Uate.

History was made five minutes later though when Holmes scored his fifth try.

Holmes added three more tries to complete the rout, becoming the first Australian player to score six tries in an global since Kevin Irvine in 1960 against Italy.

Australia 54 (Holmes 6, Slater 2, Gagai 2 tries; Smith 7 goals) def. Fiji 6 (Vunivalu try, Koroisau goal) at Suncorp Stadium.


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