Fiji have used their captain's challenge to push against a knock-on call after Semi Valemei and Sivo collide. The Bati claim the former was pushed into the latter by Peta Hiku - and the video referee agrees! 63 mins: TRY: New Zealand 18-18 Fiji! All square in Hull - and it is a brilliant Kiwi try to bring parity back to this game, finished by Joey Manu! Rapana converts, and we are level for the first time since a dozen minutes in.
That set up a controversial final act, with Rapana able to add two after a captain's challenge deemed a two-on-one steal on what appeared to be Manu's loose carry. In the dying seconds, after Fiji knocked on down the other end, he scrambled over to confirm the result in dramatic fashion. Manu shows his stuff Having struggled for shape sometimes in the group stages, those issues plagued New Zealand again in Hull as they found their creative output stymied to a point. Manu is having a very good tournament at the back, though — and he'll be crucial to their hopes against Australia.
com/bwk1P7pGGc 30 mins to KO: The teams are in, and it is a strong-looking Kiwis side. The Bati have grown in confidence since that pre-tournament drubbing at the hands of England - but they are truly going to have to go the distance tonight. 45 mins to KO: On the basis of recent form, it will likely go just one way. Michael Maguire's side have been less convincing than Australia and England throughout RLWC2021 so far, but they've still racked up three big scorelines - and their sheer heft will likely see them past Wise Kativerata's men. 60 mins to KO: It was at the last RLWC, in 2017, when New Zealand faced off with Fiji in a quarter-final clash, just like this one, in Wellington.
His grounding is a close-run thing - but the video referee confirms it! Wakeham converts. 41 mins: Fiji kick us off and we're back underway again. Do the Bati have enough in the tank to stave off a likely comeback from New Zealand? Or can the Kiwis seize this one back? HT: What must be going through Michael Maguire's head right now, you wonder? There's only six points in this match, and plenty of time to turn matters around. But any hopes of an easy night look to have been sorely dashed. HT: New Zealand 6-12 Fiji! There goes the half-time whistle - and we might be heading for the biggest shock of RLWC2021 in the quarter-finals! As they did five years ago, Fiji lead New Zealand at the interval in their last-eight tie, and deservedly so.
Basketball, Australia & Oceania: New Zealand live scores
New Zealand - Jordan Live - International friendlies - Eurosport
They couldn't, could they? 35 mins: A few sets camped on their own line leaves Fiji under the cosh again. The Bati will only be able to soak up so much pressure tonight, you'd wager - the question is when the levee might just break. 30 mins: Didn't the Kiwis just need that try? It took a set play, swift and simple out of the scrum, to do the job - Michael Maguire still looks like he is chewing a brick in his seat. And now we've a round of handbags too. 26 mins: TRY: New Zealand 6-12 Fiji! The Kiwis strike back! A robbed collection forces the Bati into a defensive scrum, but they have no answers for the fast shift to the left, finished by Ronaldo Mulitalo. Jordan Rapana converts.
Fiji depart as RLWC heroes Farwell, then, to the Bati, who have had an intriguing journey this tournament and came close to pulling off its biggest upset so far. It is a painful way for their tournament to end — with a bang, not a whimper — but they wouldn't have had it any other way. The Sporting News is following the match live, providing score updates and commentary below. New Zealand vs. Fiji final score 1H 2H Final New Zealand 6 18 24 Fiji 12 Tries: Mulitalo, Nikora, Manu, Rapana; Sivo, Naiqama (2) Conversions: Rapana (3); Wakeham (3) Penalties: Rapana New Zealand vs. Fiji full updates, highlights from Rugby League World Cup FT: With that, our first semifinal is confirmed then – and if it can live up to this game, it'll be a treat.
The Kiwis had to wait for 72 minutes to take the lead for the first time after a superb performance from the Bati left them chasing the game for much of its duration. But Rapana's penalty with eight minutes to go following a controversial captain's challenge ruling saw them sneak ahead in the closing stages before the winger crossed for a try seconds before the hooter sounded to seal the deal. It sets up a mouth-watering last-four encounter with Australia at Elland Road in Leeds next Friday, but Michael Maguire will know his side need to provide a dramatic improvement once again if they are to make it to the final in a fortnight.
Champions Australia will face world number-one New Zealand in Leeds - and you won't want to miss it. Until then, thank you for joining us - take care! FT: New Zealand 24-18 Fiji! What a game. What a game! It's the match of the tournament for me - and it ends in triumph for one and heartbreak for another. The Kiwis fight back to book their spot in the RLWC2021 semi-finals.
New Zealand vs. Fiji result, highlights as late Jordan Rapana heroics send Kiwis into Rugby League World Cup semi-finalsJordan Rapana's late penalty and try spared New Zealand's blushes as the world's number one side fought back to defeat a valiant Fiji in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals with a 24-18 victory at the MKM Stadium in Hull.
For the first time tonight, the Kiwis are in front - and headed for the RLWC2021 semi-finals as it stands. 69 mins: Another huge captain's challenge call - and New Zealand have a penalty in kicking distance! Fiji thought they'd had the ball from a loose Manu carry, but the video referee deems it to be a two-on-one steal. That is a tough decision for the Bati to swallow. 68 mins: Here's an absolutely huge moment in this match.
6 mins: It's been a good stretch of opening exchanges at the MKM Stadium - both sides are getting stuck in, and Fiji are finding some purchase. Bati hooker Apisai Koroisau knocks a more simple ball on to check the flow. KO: New Zealand swing the boot, the ball flies off the tee and we are away in this RLWC2021 quarter-final! 5 mins to KO: Now, the Haka of New Zealand and the Noqu Masu of Fiji. Both are pretty spine-tingling in their own right. Together, before a match of this magnitude? It's stunning.
Jordan vs New Zealand live score - AiScore
55 mins: A huge escape for Fiji! New Zealand thinks they are over in the corner to pull this close to a square game, but the Bati are deemed to have done enough to stop a clean grounding. 49 mins: TRY: New Zealand 12-18 Fiji! Back to a six-point game! The Bati will be very disappointed with that one - they concede a penalty on the last tackle in midfield, and then fail to shut down Briton Nikora despite the bodies, allowing him over close to the line. Rapana converts. 44 mins: TRY: New Zealand 6-18 Fiji! What a start from the Bati! They pick off a handling error in midfield, and then Naiqama catches the defence napping to fly down the right flank.
24 mins: There's a very long way to go in this game, of course, but this has been a blinding first quarter from Fiji. They've put two good tries on the Kiwis and withstood what has been put their way too. Sunia Turuva is doing sharp work at full-back. 18 mins: TRY: New Zealand 0-12 Fiji! What an absolutely sublime bit of work from the Bati! Off their strong field position, captain Kevin Naiqama runs the reverse line and simply slices through a sliding gap in the Kiwi defence! Wakeham converts. 17 mins: If you've been with us across this tournament, you'll know that despite their results, New Zealand have been prone to some creative flaws behind their pack. They do it again here - Brandon Smith is deemed to have obstructed their own attack and Fiji have a penalty. 12 mins: TRY: New Zealand 0-6 Fiji! First blood to the Bati - and you can't say they haven't deserved it! After another promising set near the Kiwis' rearguard, a tip-on allows Maika Sivo to round the defence on the left flank and crash over! Brandon Wakeham converts.
twitter. com/dGbRMt6gBo 77 mins: That's surely the game! Fiji earn a repeat set deep in Kiwi territory from an accidental offside call, but Wakeham promptly puts the ball out of the scrum to ground! 72 mins: PENALTY: New Zeland 20-18 Fiji! Rapana holds his nerve from a straightforward position and slots the two points over.
10 mins to KO: It does look to be filling up a little more on the Humber now though, and there is an almighty roar as both teams emerge for the national anthems. 15 mins to KO: After an impressive crowd today in Wigan for England's match, hopes that a good gate can push RLWC organisers closer to their targets might face a fight. It's a cold night in Hull, with fireworks echoing across the city. The people might be elsewhere. 🏟️ Warm ups are underway at the MKM Stadium, we're less than 20 minutes away from the action beginning! #RLWC2021 | #NZLFIJ | @fijirugbyleague pic.