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Big start for Fiji - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 01 Nov 2008 19:32:00 GMT
Fiji have taken France to the football guillotine after recording the first blow-out score of the world cup via a 42-6 win at Win Stadium on Saturday.
Fullback Jarryd Hayne put in his best performance of the year, scoring two tries including the opening touchdown while winger Akuila Uate posted the third hat-trick of the tournament.
France lost hooker James Wynne in the fifth minute with a dislocated elbow and consequently a key component to their game plan.
Fiji will now progress to a semi-final qualifier against either Samoa or Ireland while France’s campaign is all but over.
GRL understands the chances of the French receiving a heroes parade at the end of the tournament have been slightly reduced after slipping back into second spot on the Pool B ladder.
Coach John Monie told post-match media France needed more than one team in the English Super League as it relied too heavily on Catalans for players.
Fiji 42 (Jarryd Hayne (2), Iowane Divavesi, Akuila Uate (3), Semisi Tora tries; Wes Naiqama (7/10) goals def France (John Wilson try; Thomas Bosc (1/1) goal). Match Stats: Possession – Fiji 61%, France 39% ; Penalties – Fiji 10 -9 ; Completed Sets – Fjii 31/43 (72%), France 24/35 (69%)
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