Six-try Holmes steers Aussies into final

Six-try Holmes steers Aussies into final

Six-try Holmes steers Aussies into final

Australia will play either Tonga or England in next week's final at Suncorp Stadium.

Holmes set a World Cup record with five tries in last week's quarter-final victory over Samoa in Darwin but went one better at Lang Park as the defending champions cruised into the title decider.

Holmes grabbed his second, and fellow winger Dean Gagai put the game out of Fiji's reach when he scored eight minutes before the break.

Billy Slater scored one of the Kangaroos' four tries in the first half against Fiji.

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.

They crashed to the Aussies in the last two tournaments at this stage, conceding 116 points and scoring none.

In a physical start, tempers flared inside the first two minutes when Jarryd Hayne renewed old rivalries and put a strong hit on Slater, instigating a bust up. 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.

Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith and Vodafone Fijian squad member Kane Evans pose with the World Cup during a Rugby League World Cup civic reception at King George Square

They nearly took the lead when Matt Gillett was clear on the try line with just Kevin Naiqama to get past, but he chose to pass to Gagai - missing the winger and finding touch instead.

It got worse for the Fijians as they looked to open the scoring after the restart - Naiqama searched to pass out wide but only found Holmes who happily latched onto the ball and raced 90 metres to touch down for his hat-trick.

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's second try came in the 48th minute and Holmes' fourth was four minutes later.

The Bati lost to the Kangaroos 52-0 in the 2008 World Cup semi final while we lost 64-0 to the Australians in the 2013 World Cup semi final.

Gagai got his second try before Holmes scored his sixth try.

Less than a week after becoming the first Kangaroo to score five tries in a Test, Valentine Holmes has broken his record with six in Australia's 54-6 Rugby League World Cup semi-final rout of Fiji.

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