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

26 November 2017, 03:34 | Todd Saunders

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Holmes scores six but somehow Smith named Man of the Match                                   

Australia winger Valentine Holmes kept up his record-breaking exploits with six tries as the Kangaroos blew away Fiji 54-6 on Friday to set up a Rugby League World Cup final against England or Tonga.

Despite not scoring a try in their quarter-final, Fiji remain the tournament's highest scorers having scored 172 points (an average of 43 points per game), but having just scraped by against New Zealand, their attacking play will have to improve if they're to have any chance of reaching the final.

In a physical start, tempers flared inside the first two minutes when Jarryd Hayne renewed old rivalries and put a strong hit on Slater, instigating a bust up.

They conceded five penalties in the first half alone, and finished the night with 12 turnovers. Koroisau obliged, but it didn't take long for the Kangaroos to get back into it. Smith failed to convert and Australia were starting to look like they were about to shift up a gear.

They nearly took the lead when Matt Gillett was clear on the try line with just Kevin Naiqama to get past, but he chose to pass to Gagai - missing the winger and finding touch instead. Slater waltzed over for a try.

Another try just four minutes later put Australia in the ascendency.

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And they went further behind when Gagai skipped through some poor Fiji defence.

Australia ominously defeated Samoa 46-0 as their charge towards a second successive World Cup took another step closer with their 10th consecutive World Cup victory.

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

The 10-time champions led 13 minutes in when Slater crossed on the left to set a new World Cup record after Michael Morgan took advantage of some suspect defending from the Bati.

Smith's third successful conversion put the tournament favourites 22-2 up at half-time and the onslaught continued after the break, the rapid Holmes racing nearly the full length of the field for a hat-trick after plucking a stray pass from Kevin Naiqama just a minute into the second half. Koroisau missed the kick and it was 40-6.

Will there be any stopping him as Australia look to next week's final?

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