Fiji has proven too good for the Wallabies in their Pool C clash winning 22-25.

The Wallabies finished with two tries to one, however the Flying Fijians’ territory advantage proved critical, with the Australians’ ill-discipline in their own half resulting in five penalty goals to get Fiji home 22-15 in a historic victory.

The Wallabies can still qualify for the Quarter-Final stage if they win their final two pool games against Wales and Portugal.

Having lost to Wales narrowly in the first week, the Fijians’ knew they had to win to keep their chances of progressing in the Rugby World Cup alive, and they played like it in Saint-Etienne.

They started perfectly, with the boot of Simione Kuruvoli striking four first-half penalty goals to cancel out a Mark Nawaqanitawase try and lead 12-8 over Australia at the break.

Player of the match Josua Tuisova latched onto a loose ball at the start of the second half to extend the advantage to 22-8.

Suliasi Vunivalu gave the Australians some hope late, only for Fiji to hang on for the victory.

"We're very disappointed," coach Eddie Jones said. "We started the game very uncharacteristically, not like us

“We've been really sharp at the start of games, played with a fair bit of pace and precision and today we were sloppy.

"We had times in the game where we got on the front foot, but we struggled to get on the front foot and full congratulations to Fiji, they played really well so it's deserved victory for them.

"We've got some work to do for Wales."

The Fijians brought a trademark physical edge to start the game, brutalising defenders through the likes of Tuisova and Jiuta Wainiqolo.

Ben Donaldson opened the scoring with a penalty goal, however it was Fiji that was regularly ticking the scoreboard over in the first half through the boot of scrum-half Simione Kuruvoli.

Kuruvoli struck two nicely before the Australians showed great game awareness for the opening try. 

It started with a Richie Arnold turnover at the breakdown before Nic White nailed a 50-22.

With Fiji walking back into defence, Mark Nawaqanitawase threw the quick lineout to Samu Kerevi who burst down the right touchline, before popping a pass over the top to Nawaqanitawase backing up on the inside for the first try of the game.

A lack of discipline continued to hurt the Wallabies, as Kuruvoli slotted another pair of penalties for a 12-8 lead at the break.

Fiji started the second half as they started the first and capitalised on some miscommunication at the back, allowing Tuisova to snatch the loose ball off a Fiji high kick and race away for an easy try.

From there, the Australians threw everything at the opposition line, only for Fiji to continue to win penalties at the breakdown.

The injection of Suliasi Vunivalu provided the spark needed, darting from the base of the ruck to crash over and keep the game alive.

Down a converted try, the Wallabies looked to tie it up, twice finding space through Rob Valetini and Marika Koroibete.

However, this is a different Fijian side, forcing multiple turnovers to hold strong and score a famous victory – their first against Australia since 1954.

The Wallabies move on to Lyon for their next pool game, where they will take on Wales in a must-win clash.

Australia 15
[Tries: Nawaqanitawase, Vunivalu; Cons: Donaldson; Pens: Donaldson] Fiji 22 [Tries: Tuisova; Cons: Kuruvoli; Pens: Kuruvoli 4, Lomani]

Australia: 15 Ben Donaldson; 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete; 10 Carter Gordon, 9 Nic White; 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Tom Hooper; 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Nick Frost; 3 James Slipper, 2 David Porecki, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Blake Schoupp, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Suli Vunivalu

Fiji: 15 Ilaisa Droasese; 14 Jiuta Wainiqolo, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu (captain), 12 Josua Tuisova, 11 Semi Radradra; 10 Teti Tela, 9 Simione Kuruvoli; 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Levani Botia, 6 Lekima Tagitagivalu; 5 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 4 Isoa Nasilasila; 3 Luke Tagi, 3 Samuel Matavesi, 1 Eroni Mawi
Replacements: 16 Tevita Ikanivere,17 Peni Ravai, 18 Mesake Doge, 19 Temo Mayanavanua, 20 Albert Tuisue, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Vilimoni Botitu, 23 Vinaya Habosi

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (SARU), Chris Busby (IRFU)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)