Australia rout Fiji 54-6 as Valentine Holmes bags SIX tries

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga watches on during a training session

That result was Fiji's fourth consecutive World Cup victory, with all four of those coming in this tournament.

Australia will play either Tonga or England in next week's final at Suncorp Stadium. Fiji scored one in their last two games.

Head Coach Mick Potter has unsurprisingly named an unchanged side following last week's heroics with the same 17 once again getting the chance to create even more history.

Fiji had no answer to the rampant Roos and they slumped to a third successive semi-final nightmare.

The game came to life in just the second minute when Jarryd Hayne put a shoulder into Billy Slater and this was followed by another hit to the Kangaroos fullback when he was on the ground. They will be tested by a spirited Fiji side full of confidence but will ultimately have too much and should run out fairly comfortable winners.

Fiji looked lively early and took the lead with a sixth-minute penalty goal.

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Aaron Woods left the field at that time with a shoulder injury, while Matt Gillett bombed a try for Australia, when his pass to Dane Gagai with no one in front of him went hopelessly forward.

Smith's third successful conversion put the tournament favourites 22-2 up at half-time and the onslaught continued after the break, the rapid Holmes racing nearly the full length of the field for a hat-trick after plucking a stray pass from Kevin Naiqama just a minute into the second half.

Holmes, who the NZRL unsuccessfully tried to lure into the Kiwis' setup a few years ago, picked up his second try in the 25th minute as this game had already started to get away from Fiji.

Slater and Gagai both scored their second, but the night belonged to Holmes who touched down three more times to complete the rout.

Fiji shocked New Zealand last weekend, but they were no match for Mal Meninga's men, Suliasi Vunivalu scoring a consolation as they were outscored by 10 tries to one, four years after being thumped 64-0 by Australia in the last four.

They will now watch with interest as England take on Tonga in the second semi-final on Saturday before they bid to pick up the World Cup Crown for the 11th tiem next week.

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