In the Pool D decider, Fiji looked to top yet another pool and secure a quarterfinal matchup with likely France or Canada. To the loser will likely go a match with series-leading South Africa.
Fiji fired the first shot with a try from Mesulame Kunavula. Captain Osea Kolinisau added the conversion. Kunavula added a second midway through the first half, capping off excellent passing between himself, Kalione Nasoko, and Vatemo Ravouvou. Australia nearly got one back when Nick Malouf tried a rubber kick, but he found the dead- ball linE before he could get the ground. Lachie Anderson’s try in the final minute of the half, made up for the missed chance before. James Stannard added the conversion. On the stroke of halftime, Stannard’s restart kick set up perfectly for captain Sam Myers to bring Australia two points down at the half.
Fiji pulled back to a full score in front a mere forty-three seconds into the second half, when an attempted Fijian offload went to the boot of Kalione Nasoko who narrowly managed to get ahold of the ball and apply pressure in-goal for the try in the corner. The ever-game Australians came storming right back with an Ed Jenkins try. Stannard could not connect on the conversion, leaving Australia down with fewer than three minutes remaining. Fiji answered back with a massive Masivesi Dakuwaqa run through a tackle before passing to Samisoni Viriviri for the five-pointer. As the clock edged under two minutes, Australia still had a chance for the late win. A missed pass from Liam McNamara to Meyers stopped Australia for a moment, but a penalty and yellow card against Fiji, kept Australia on the charge. That charge ended with a knock on under thirty seconds left. As the scrum was awarded, Fiji got away with booting the ball away, allowing twenty-six seconds to squirrel away before feeding the scrum. The untidy scrummage almost worked out in favor of the Australians, but a penalty allowed Fiji to escape. Fiji 24, Australia 17.
Fiji will face the runner-up in pool A, while Australia will face the Pool A champion, expected to be South Africa.