TRY TIME: Australian back-rower Josh Papalii dives over for a try in the World Cup win against Fiji at Langtree Park, St Helens.
TRY TIME: Australian back-rower Josh Papalii dives over for a try in the World Cup win against Fiji at Langtree Park, St Helens. AAP

Lewis unlucky as Roos cruise past Fiji

AUSTRALIA booked a potential World Cup quarter-final match-up against the USA Tomahawks after easily accounting for Fiji 34-2 in difficult conditions in St Helens yesterday morning.

Both sides went into the match after impressive opening-round wins - Fiji having beaten Ireland convincingly and Australia triumphing over England in the tournament opener in Cardiff. Fiji scored first through a penalty but the lead didn't last long with Australia's Josh Papalii powering through two tackles to force his way over the line.

The Kangaroos were celebrating their second try soon after when Luke Lewis put Darius Boyd over in the corner after some evasive running from Greg Inglis.

The Aussies managed four more tries, the only bad news coming via a shoulder injury to Lewis.

The tournament could be over for the Sharks back-rower after he slid into advertising hoardings beyond the dead-ball line and dislocated his shoulder.

Australia's final pool game is against Ireland on Saturday night.

RESULT: Australia 34 (D Boyd, J Papalii, M Jennings, J Morris, L Lewis, D Cherry-Evans tries; J Thurston 5 goals) b Fiji 2 (A Noilea goal).


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