Nemani Nadolo (right) seen here against Italy, bagged a hat-trick for Fiji this morning. Marco Vasini/AP/Press Association Images

102 point win for Fiji in Rugby World Cup qualifier

The Cook Islands actually led close to the half-hour mark.

Fiji 108

Cook Islands 6

FIJI WILL MEET England in the opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup after running in 17 tries against the hapless Cook Islands in their Oceania qualifier this morning.

Despite scoring the game’s first try through Metuisela Talebula after just a minute, Fiji trailed the world’s 46th ranked team by a point approaching the half-hour mark thanks to two Sam Vaevae penalties

However, four tries before the break – from Nemla Kenatale, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Nemani Nadolo and Watisoni Votu - sent Fiji into half-time with a 29-6 lead and they never looked back.

The flying Fijians added 12 tries and 79 points in the second half to hand the Cook Islanders their biggest ever defeat.

As well as England, qualification means Fiji will now play Australia, Wales and a yet to be determined qualifier in Pool A of next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Tries: Metuisela Talebula (2), Nemia Kenatale, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Nemani Nadolo (3), Watisoni Votu, Akapusi Qera, Adriu Delai (2), Leroy Atalifo, Nikola Matawalu (2), Timoci Nagusa (2), Dominiko Waqaniburoto.
Conversions: Nadolo (3), Jonetani Ralulu (7).
Drop goal: Talebula
Penalties: Sam Vaevae (2)

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