Australia start campaign with 28-13 win over Fiji

 24 Sep 2015 - 1:17

Australia start campaign with 28-13 win over Fiji
Australia’s Bernard Foley converts a try during their first Pool A match against Fiji at the Rugby World Cup, yesterday in Cardiff in Wales. 

CARDIFF: Australia got their Rugby World Cup campaign off to an winning start with a 28-13 win against Fiji yesterday but they will be frustrated they could not claim a fourth-try bonus point after dominating most of the match.
Fiji, who lost to England last Friday, started brightly but became ragged in the face of some well-disciplined Australian mauling that carried David Pocock over the line twice, with Bernard Foley weighing in with a pair of penalties to ensure a comfortable 18-3 lead at the break.
Sekope Kepu blasted through soon after the restart and it looked set for a big Wallaby win, but Fiji fought back well and scored a try through Ben Volavola as Australia lost their way.
Attention in Pool A now switches to Saturday, when England and Wales, who both won their opening games, meet at Twickenham. Australia’s next game is against Uruguay on Sunday. Fiji next face Wales in Cardiff in eight days’ time.
Meanwhile, Argentina lock Mariano Galarza was given a nine-week ban yesterday after being found guilty of eye gouging during his team’s defeat against New Zealand in their opening Rugby World Cup game on Sunday.
The Independent Citing Commissioner Murray Whyte, of Ireland, found Galarza had been guilty of “contact with the eye or eye area” of All Black Brodie Retallick in the Wembley match.
“The Judicial Officer deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 12 weeks,” organisers said in a statement.
An additional week was added as a deterrent against such acts, though Galarza’s suspension was reduced to nine weeks after taking into account mitigating factors including his excellent disciplinary record.
The suspension takes effect immediately and includes the player’s remaining matches at the Rugby World Cup and thereafter converts to weeks with his English club, Gloucester. Galarza will be free to resume playing on November 26.REUTERS