Six tries for record-breaker Valentine Holmes sends Australia to World Cup final

Australia annihilated Fiji 54-6 in the Rugby League World Cup men’s semi-final match at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane

They will now watch with interest as England take on Tonga in the second semi-final on Saturday before they bid to pick up the World Cup Crown for the 11th tiem next week.

"We've just got to throw the ball to Valentine Holmes, he's just scoring left, right and centre - 11 in two matches - we've just got to get it to him again next week".

England will meet tournament surprise package Tonga in the other semi-final in Auckland today.

"But we've found a bit of continuity over the past two weeks and it seems to be working for us".

Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith says they will not underestimate the Fiji Bati.

Holmes set a World Cup record with five tries in last week's quarter-final victory over Samoa in Darwin but went one better at Lang Park as the defending champions cruised into the title decider.

Holmes' six tries give him a remarkable 12 for the campaign - three tries short of Slater's World Cup record achieved in 12 games over three World Cup tournaments.

Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama conceded later the Bati were outclassed, but said he wasn't disappointed.


The only blemish for Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga was a 60th-minute try to Suliasi Vunivalu, who stumbled across the line to end the Kangaroos' defensive stand at 277 minutes.

They put some pressure on the Kangaroos early and were rewarded with a penalty in the sixth minute, which Apisai Koroisau goaled.

Australia were too big, too fast and too strong for their opponents and dominated both possession and territory.

Holmes' second and fourth tries came off simple attacking shifts, but the highlight was a 90-metre intercept in the 42nd minute where he outlasted Vunivalu and Akuila Uate.

Fiji came out after halftime full of intent and looked risky as they attacked down the right side.

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.

Holmes, three times, and Slater kept the tries rolling in after the break with Gagai also grabbing a second.

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