Australia could rue not going for bonus
Australia spluttered to a 28-13 victory over Fiji but failed to secure a bonus point after dominating their opening Rugby World Cup Pool A match yesterday.
Number eight David Pocock claimed two tries from rolling mauls in the first half to lay the platform for the twice world champions and a try by prop Sekope Kepu soon after the interval set them on course for a comfortable win.
But Fiji rallied through a try by flyhalf Ben Volavola and an inexplicable decision by Australia to kick a penalty 10 minutes from time rather than go for a fourth try left the Wallabies a point behind England and Wales in the group.
The teams exchanged early penalties before livewire Fiji scrumhalf Nikola Matawalu made a sniping break but desperate Australian defence prevented a try and the Wallabies broke downfield.
They rejected the chance to kick a penalty and from the resulting lineout Australia formed a rolling maul, Pocock touching down after 27 minutes.
Fiji prop Campese Ma'afu was sent to the sin-bin for kicking the ball away and the Wallabies immediately took advantage when Pocock grabbed his second try in identical fashion.
"It was a really good work-out for us, very physical," said Australia coach Michael Cheika.
"It was exactly what we needed and I was pleased with a lot of the things we did."
"We'll turn the team around now for Uruguay on Sunday."
(Editing by Mitch Phillips)
australia 28 fiji 13