Liam Williams The Latest: Fiji leads Aussies at halftime in Pool D opener

Liam Williams The Latest: Fiji leads Aussies at halftime in Pool D opener

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 2 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Australia avoided the first big upset of the Rugby World Cup when it rallied from 21-12 down in the second half to beat Fiji 39-21.

The two-time champions were rattled by an early try to flanker Peceli Yato and a 50-meter intercept in the opening minutes of the second half by center Waisea Nayacalevu.

But as Fiji appeared set for its biggest result at a Rugby World Cup, Australia regained its composure.

Two tries in quick succession from rolling mauls by hooker Tolu Latu put Australia ahead for the first time in the 62nd minute as the Wallabies finally found a way to neutralize Fiji’s powerful and elusive running game. The Australians took full advantage when Fiji had a man in the sin-bin late in the second half.

Backs Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete, both born in Fiji, scored late to make it appear comfortable for Australia, which scored six tries in all.


2:35 p.m.

Fiji leads two-time champion Australia 14-12 at halftime and there’s a big upset on the cards in the second game of the Rugby World Cup.

Fiji winger Josua Tuisova rampaged down the right side to set up a try for flanker Peceli Yato in the eighth minute. That score added to an earlier penalty by flyhalf Ben Volavola and gave Fiji a surprise 8-0 lead at the Sapporo Dome.


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