Rugby League World Cup  Sunday 17th November 2013  Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington  Att: 12,776

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Antonio Winterstein

GOAL SCORERS:

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Vitale Roqica

Waisale Naiqama

Aaron Groom

GOAL SCORERS:

Waisale Naiqama

Waisale Naiqama

Waisale Naiqama

Waisale Naiqama

Waisale Naiqama

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Fiji will face Australia in the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup after a convincing 22-4 victory over Samoa.

The Bati dominated the opening 40 minutes, taking a 14-point advantage at the interval before overcoming a brief Samoan revival to power through and set up a last four showdown with the Kangaroos at Wembley on Saturday.

The intensity from both teams was there from the off and it took just five minutes for the breakthrough. Fiji's Akuila Uate did well to wriggle free from two tackles before offloading to Aaron Groom who burst through the middle for the opening score. Waisale Ligani Naiqama converted to make it 6-0.

Fiji continued to press forward and when Samoa gave away a penalty Naiqama increased their lead with the successful kick.

As the half wore on defences were to the fore and although Samoa looked to find foothold in the game, the Fijians defended heroically to keep their line intact.

With the first period drawing to a close Fiji increased their lead when Naiqama collected a perfectly weighted grubber from Groom to score and his conversion gave them a healthy 14-point advantage at the break.

When the teams returned for the second half a tactical battle ensued with the two sides completing their sets. The best scoring chance fell to Marika Koroibete who was tackled just short of the line.

Samoa eventually opened their account when some sublime handling enabled Antonio Winterstein to dart over the line, although Anthony Milford was unable to convert.

Tensions were high going in to the final 10 minutes as both teams looked for a decisive score. Samoa’s attacks were repeatedly thwarted by the tough Fijian defence and when caught on the break, gave away another penalty which Naiqama duly dispatched.

As the seconds ticked away at the end of a pulsating encounter Fiji finally put the game to bed. Great work in the middle released Apisai Koroisau, who did exceptionally well to offload the ball to Vitale Junior Roqica and he crashed over the line. The excellent Naiqama sealed an emphatic 22-4 victory with his conversion.

Match Action

  • 78m
    goal

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji

  • 78m
    try

    Vitale Roqica

    Fiji

  • 70m
    goal

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji

  • 60m
    interchange_on

    Semi Waqavatu

    Fiji

  • 60m
    interchange_off

    Kane Evans

    Fiji

  • 58m
    try

    Antonio Winterstein

    Samoa

  • 49m
    interchange_on

    Apisai Koroisau

    Fiji

  • 49m
    interchange_off

    James Storer

    Fiji

  • 37m
    interchange_on

    Junior Moors

    Samoa

  • 37m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    Samoa

  • 33m
    try

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji

  • 33m
    goal

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Kane Evans

    Fiji

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Petero Civoniceva

    Fiji

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Mark Taufua

    Samoa

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Suaia Matagi

    Samoa

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Vitale Roqica

    Fiji

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Eloni Vunakece

    Fiji

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Michael Sio

    Samoa

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Pita Godinet

    Samoa

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Mose Masoe

    Samoa

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Penani Manumeasili

    Samoa

  • 10m
    goal

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji

  • 4m
    try

    Aaron Groom

    Fiji

  • 4m
    goal

    Waisale Naiqama

    Fiji