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Australia rally to Rugby World Cup win as Fiji count cost of high Hodge tackle

  • Fijians unhappy as Reece Hodge escapes punishment
  • Wallabies overturn 21-12 deficit to win Pool D clash

Australia’s 39-21 victory over Fiji in their World Cup opener was marred by controversy after Reece Hodge’s high tackle on Pecili Yato went unpunished, calling into question World Rugby’s clampdown just two days into the tournament.

Fiji are understood to be privately furious that Hodge was not sanctioned for his try-saving intervention that forced Yato from the field with a concussion in the first half. Yato had been instrumental in Fiji’s flying start to the match but as he closed in on the try-line after 25 minutes, Hodge swept round to make the tackle.

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