Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji
Australia (8) 15
Tries: Nawaqanitawase, Foketi Cons: Donaldson Pens: Donaldson
Fiji (12) 22
Tries: Tuisova Cons: Kuruvoli Pens: Kuruvoli 4, Lomani
Fiji beat Australia for just the third time in their history as they blew Pool C wide open with a thrilling win at the Rugby World Cup.
Fine kicking from Simione Kuruvoli put Fiji 12-8 up at half-time before Josua Tuisova crossed after the restart.
Lalakai Foketi went over late on to cut the deficit to 22-15 but Eddie Jones’ side could not mount a comeback.
Fiji’s first-ever World Cup win over the Wallabies moves them above their opponents into second in Pool C.
The pair are locked together on six points after two matches with Fiji ahead thanks to their head-to-head record.
“I’m emotionally drained at the moment,” said Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui after full-time.
“It was a great contest. It kept us guessing until the end. We pushed the boys to the limits and they’ve never once complained.
“I think there will be a few boys sore but I’m super proud.”
With just the top two advancing to the quarter-finals, Fiji’s match in Saint-Etienne was crucial.
The Flying Fijians had lost their opening pool game 32-26 against Wales and would have faced an uphill battle to reach the knockouts with a second consecutive defeat.
Victory appeared unlikely; they had last beaten Australia 69 years ago and had lost 17 of their past 18 Tests against the Wallabies.
But they started with control, with two Kuruvoli penalties giving them a 6-3 lead.
A quick line-out after an Australian 50-20 set up Mark Nawaqanitawase to cross unopposed, putting the two-time winners in front against the run of play.
But two more Kuruvoli penalties helped Fiji edge to a 12-8 half-time lead.