Fiji stun New Zealand in quarter-finals
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – November 18: 11pm (ABC): Fiji have ended a miserable New Zealand run at the Rugby League World Cup, downing the Kiwis 4-2 in a gritty quarter-final upset in Wellington.
Just a week after falling 28-22 to Tonga, the Kiwis have been beaten by a second tier-two side in a low-scoring match they had never looked like winning.
Two Apisai Koroisau penalties to a sole Shaun Johnson effort were enough to give the Bati a well-deserved win over a Kiwi team which never managed to get out of first gear.
An error-ridden performance from the Kiwis was comprehensively punished by a Fijian outfit, who showed more pace, poise and precision than the lacklustre New Zealanders.
Fiji face the daunting task of toppling the Kangaroos in next weekend’s Brisbane semi-final. Defending champions Australia thumped Samoa 46-0 in Friday night’s quarter-final in Townsville.
The early chances went to Fiji, Brayden Wiliame darting through after five minutes but denied the try when he lost the ball over the line, while Marcelo Montoya came close 15 minutes later down the left edge.
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