The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Tal­is­man Fo­lau too hot for brave Fiji to han­dle

- By David Kent Sports · Rugby · Fiji · Israel · Australia · Israel Folau

AUS­TRALIA warmed up for their clash against Scot­land next week with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Fiji.

Is­rael Fo­lau scored two of the Aussies’ five tries in an im­pres­sive at­tack­ing dis­play.

Michael Cheika’s side stormed out the blocks and raced 18-0 clear at half-time.

It took full-back Fo­lau just three min­utes to get off the mark. He claimed a high kick from Bernard Fo­ley by out­jump­ing his man to cross over. Fo­ley added the con­ver­sion, then kicked over a penalty.

Henry Speight dived over in the cor­ner to put Aus­tralia in charge at the break.

Fo­lau grabbed his sec­ond try 15 min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val. He timed his run to per­fec­tion and Fo­ley de­layed the pass to al­low Fo­lau to storm clear.

How­ever, Aus­traila were leak­ing chances to the Fi­jians and their en­ter­pris­ing style yielded two tries mid­way into the sec­ond pe­riod of the match.

Stephen Moore crossed for Aus­traila in be­tween and Speight had the fi­nal say in the last minute to se­cure a com­mand­ing vic­tory.

Aus­tralia head coach Cheika said: ‘All in all, our de­fence was pretty solid.

‘Fiji had the ma­jor­ity of the ball. But when we did have the ball, we did some very good things with it, scor­ing five tries.’

 ??  ?? PACE TO BURN: Fo­lau scored twice
PACE TO BURN: Fo­lau scored twice

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