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More history for Valentine Holmes as Australia reach final

More history for Valentine Holmes as Australia reach final

Billy Slater scored one of the Kangaroos' four tries in the first half against Fiji. It was the second match in a row that Holmes had shattered that record, having scored five tries against Samoa last week.

In front of a crowd of just 22,073 at Suncorp Stadium, the Kangaroos smashed Fiji 54-6 to advance to next weekend's final, again in Brisbane.

The winger can't stop scoring and was on the end of another dazzling movement down the left-hand side, crossing for one of his easier tries of the tournament.

Fiji had no answer to the rampant Roos and they slumped to a third successive semi-final nightmare.

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.

At least they avoided a whitewash here, opening the scoring with a sixth minute penalty from Apisau Koroisau.

The Kangaroos have done what the Kiwis couldn't by beating Fiji and they've done it in comprehensive fashion.

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

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.

Australia's fourth try came from a superb solo run by Dane Gagai and Holmes brought up his hat-trick with a 90m run after intercepting a pass.

Slater and Gagai both scored their second, but the night belonged to Holmes who touched down three more times to complete the rout.

History was made five minutes later though when Holmes scored his fifth try.

The Bati lost to the Kangaroos 52-0 in the 2008 World Cup semi final while we lost 64-0 to the Australians in the 2013 World Cup semi final.

England face a rematch with Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final if they can overcome Tonga tomorrow after the world champions thrashed Fiji 54-6 in the first sem-final.


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