Physical Fijians take it to Wallabies during Rugby World Cup encounter

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

The flying Fijians have taken a shock first-half lead against the Wallabies thanks to their brutalising defence during the Rugby World Cup match in Japan.

The Fijians got off to a brilliant start forcing the Wallabies on to the back foot and Ben Volavola knocking over a penalty.

Then Josua Tuisova swatted away Reece Hodge before offloading to outside centre Waisea Nayacalevu who then passed onto flanker Peceli Yato for a try.

The Wallabies hit back through captain Michael Hooper.

But the Fijians took a slight 14-12 lead into half time.

The first half was littered with bone-crunching tackles and hit-ups from the Fijians with Wallabies outside centre James O’Connor feeling the brunt.

The Fijians showed their physicality during the World Cup match against the Wallabies. (Images: Fox Sports)

Fiji hadn’t led Australia during a Test match since 1961.