Fiji shock co-hosts New Zealand

New Zealand 2 Fiji 4: Kiwis dumped out of Rugby League World Cup after shock defeat

The former St Helens and Bradford coach masterminded a gutsy but thrilling win in this quarter-final in Wellington.

Fiji started the match with an intensity the Kiwis simply couldn't match, resulting in New Zealand giving away a number of early ruck penalties in attempting to slow the play the ball down, one of which Fiji used to take an initial 2-0 lead.

The previous six point score was Great Britain's 6-0 win over France in the 1970 tournament.

Fiji produced a stunning version of their ritual hymn singing before kick off and then hit all the right notes in the game itself.

Apisai Koroisau kicked penalties either side of half time at Wellington Regional Stadium to give Fiji victory in a dogfight of a test match and a ticket to a semi-final against reigning champions Australia in Brisbane next week.

New Zealand 2 Fiji 4: Kiwis dumped out of Rugby League World Cup after shock defeat
New Zealand 2-4 Fiji: Kiwis crash out of the Rugby League World Cup to Pacific island rivals in quarter-final thriller

The second favourites, pre-tournament, had been forced to carry out nearly twice as many tackles as Fiji in the first period.

The victor of the Fiji and New Zealand match will play Australia who defeated Samoa with eight tries and eight conversions to finish 46-0 in last nights quarter final.

Johnson got New Zealand on the board after Fiji were penalised for dissent but the Kiwis were immediately on the back foot again after Rapana was sent to the bin for a professional foul.

Shaun Johnson levelled before Taane Milne scored the decisive points with another penalty after 62 minutes.

The runners-up spot in their group means the Kiwis face a tricky quarter-final on Saturday against Fiji, who are aiming to reach a third successive semi-final, while Tonga's reward is a last-eight clash with minnows Lebanon.

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