Josua Tuisova of Fiji celebrates with Levani Botia (Getty)
- Fiji have given the 2023 Rugby World Cup its first major upset.
- The Pacific Islanders beat Australia 22-15 in Saint Etienne on Sunday.
- The result throws Pool C of the tournament, which also includes Wales, wide open.
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Fiji kept their Rugby World Cup quarter-final hopes alive with a thrilling and deserved 22-15 win over Australia in Saint Etienne on Sunday, their first success against the Wallabies in 69 years.
Man-of-the-match Josua Tuisova scored a second-half try and scrum-half Simione Kuruvoli contributed 15 points with the boot as the Flying Fijians bounced back from their narrow opening Pool C defeat to Wales.
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Australia scored tries through wings Mark Nawaqanitawase and Suli Vunivalu but had tom settle for a losing bonus point in a game in which they were always second best.
Fiji came into the clash knowing they could not afford to lose and but for a woeful line-out and some crucial handling errors, they would have racked up a much more comfortable winning scoreline.
Australia, who beat Georgia 35-15 last week, will now face their own must-win game against Wales in a week’s time.
The Wallabies, whose captain Will Skelton pulled out an hour before kick-off after failing to overcome
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