Weekend sports wrap

18 September 2023

Written by: Blair Burns

Fiji beat Australia for the first time since 1954 at the Rugby World Cup.

In sport this weekend, Fiji makes history in the Rugby World Cup, Australia falls short to South Africa in ODI series decider, AFL preliminary finals are locked in and Round 3 AFLW action wraps up.

Fiji makes history defeating the Wallabies at Rugby World Cup

It’s been 69 years since Fiji last defeated Australia in a Test match, but the side pulled off a miraculous victory against the Wallabies last night to win 22-15.

The Aussies are now 1-1 in their pool and will need to bounce back and defeat Wales next week in a must-win clash if they are to make it to the quarterfinals.

It is just the fourth time the Wallabies have lost a pool match at the World Cup and the team has never exited before the preliminary stages.

Fiji remains alive in the tournament on the back of the win and will be riding a wave of momentum when it takes on Georgia in a couple of weeks.

Australian cricket suffers collapse to lose series decider

South Africa has secured victory in the ODI cricket against Australia thanks to a dominant display with the ball which saw the Aussies all out for 193 runs chasing 315.

Australia won the first two matches of the series before a resurgence from the Proteas saw them win the final three.

Despite losing a few early wickets, South Africa recovered well as Aiden Markram (93 off 87 balls) and David Miller (63 off 65 balls) steadied the ship before some late order firepower saw the side to a final score of 315.

Australian captain Mitch Marsh started the run chase well as he continued his stellar form smashing 71 off 56 balls. Marnus Labuschagne also contributed with 44 from 63 balls.

The Aussies will now look towards their next series against India which starts this week.

Anticipation building for AFL preliminary finals

The third week of the AFL finals will get underway on Friday night as Collingwood takes on GWS at the MCG. While Carlton will travel to the Gabba to take on an in-form Brisbane side.

Over the weekend Carlton continued its fairy-tale run handing Melbourne a straight-sets finals exit in a thrilling two-point victory. In the other semi-final GWS defeated Port Adelaide by 23 points to advance to a preliminary final.

While Collingwood and Brisbane will go into this weekend as the favourites, but both Carlton and GWS will be looking to cause an upset and book a spot in the AFL grand final.

Carlton is the surprise team of the finals as it looks to win its first premiership since 1995, while GWS is looking to defeat the Pies and give itself a chance to secure the club’s maiden flag.

AFLW action heating up

North Melbourne sits on top of the ladder after Round 3 of the AFLW following a nine-point win against Geelong, while Melbourne and Adelaide sit second and third respectively by percentage.

There were some high-scoring games on the weekend as Adelaide defeated Essendon by 47 points, Melbourne smashed the Western Bulldogs by 42 points, Carlton beat West Coast by 53 points and Brisbane had the biggest win of the round making light work of Sydney, 87-32.

In other games, Fremantle set up victory against Hawthorn with a three-goal first quarter, Richmond held off GWS, Port Adelaide beat St Kilda in a thriller and Gold Coast won its second game against Collingwood.

Sides will be looking to set themselves up well as the competition approaches the half-way mark of the season.


Photo: Fiji v Australia, Rugby World Cup by Marc available HERE and used under a Creative Commons license. This image has not been modified.