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Fiji beat Portugal 24:23

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Fiji 23:24 Portugal

In a stunning turn of events at the Rugby World Cup in Toulouse, Portugal secured a remarkable victory over Fiji, providing a thrilling spectacle on the rugby field. Despite their heroic win, the losing bonus point obtained by Portugal was enough to see Fiji through to the quarter-finals, where they are set to face England.

This unexpected outcome also marked a historic moment, as it marked the first time Australia failed to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup, signifying the Wallabies’ untimely exit.

Fiji needed only one point from the match to secure a quarter-final berth and found themselves leading 23-17 late in the game. However, a converted try by Rodrigo Marta gave Portugal their first-ever World Cup victory, sending shockwaves through the rugby world.

The Fijians displayed immense resilience, trailing by seven points on two occasions in the second half. Tries from Levani Botia and Mesake Doge twice brought them level, and Frank Lomani’s penalties inched them closer to victory. Nevertheless, Portugal staged a breathtaking late comeback to secure the win.

Despite this loss, Fiji advanced to the quarter-finals, where they are scheduled to meet Pool D winners England in Marseille. Portugal’s impressive performance and win have earned them recognition and admiration, marking a memorable chapter in their rugby history.

Throughout this World Cup, Portugal showcased an enterprising brand of rugby that captured the hearts of many, leaving a lasting impression on fans and pundits alike. Under the guidance of former France international Patrice Lagisquet, Portugal’s team, known as Os Lobos, consistently entertained and enthralled with their attacking style. This win against Fiji is a testament to their progress, making it a historic moment for Portuguese rugby.

As they bid farewell to the competition, Portugal can proudly celebrate their long-awaited World Cup victory and look ahead to a brighter future in international rugby.

Match Summary

Pool C |Fiji 23:24 Portugal

Fiji Scores:

TRIES Levani Botia (48′), Mesake Doge (68′)
CONV Frank Lomani (49′, 69′)
PENS Frank Lomani (10′, 74′, 76′)

Portugal Scores:

TRIES Raffaele Storti (45′), Francisco Fernandes (51′), Rodrigo Marta (78′)
CONV Samuel Marques (47′, 53′, 80′)
PENS Samuel Marques (38′)

Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse


Luke Pearce

Man of the Match:

Nicolas Martins (Portugal)


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