The Kangaroos, beaten by the Kiwis on home soil five years ago, will now bid to regain the title of world champions at Old Trafford next Saturday.
After the drama of England‘s agonising defeat to New Zealand in the first of the day’s double header, a subdued Wembley watched on as Australia flicked through the gears at ease, scoring 11 tries, including a hat-trick for Jarryd Hayne, to beat the Fijians for a second time in this tournament.
His sharp pass to Greg Bird helped create the second try, with the big second-rower holding off three defenders to offload to Greg Inglis, who then sent Darius Boyd over in the corner for the first of his two tries.
They took to the air for the third try, with Cooper Cronk‘s cross-field kick proving too hot to handle for Newcastle Knights wing Akuila Uate, and after he had knocked it down, Hayne passed inside for Cronk to score.
The half hour mark passed, meaning Australia had now gone 300 minutes since they last conceded a try, and they continued to rack up the points at the other end.
Man of the match Thurston then started a flowing move, releasing Brent Tate down the left, and he found Boyd to finish a blistering move on the left.
Fiji‘s day got worse when their former star Hayne grabbed his hat-trick, and he then broke down the right to feed Brett Morris, who just about finished in the corner, despite his foot hitting the corner flag as he grounded the ball.
And Andrew Fifita rounded it off, powering through and going in under the sticks after taking Smith’s pop up pass.
Australia have now gone more than four games without conceding a point, and have racked up 238 points in their five games at the tournament, conceding just 22.
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Australia: Inglis, B Morris, Tate, Hayne, Boyd, Thurston, Cronk, Scott, Smith, Tamou, Bird, Thaiday, Gallen. Interchanges: Cherry-Evans, Papalii, Fifita, Parker.
Scorers: Tries – Thurston (9), Boyd (16, 59), Cronk (19), Hayne (23, 39, 67), Papalii (35), Tamou (55), Morris (74), Fifita (79). Goals – Thurston 10/11
Fiji: K Naiqama, Koroibete, Waqa, W Naiqama, Uate, D Millard, Groom, A Sims, Storer, Civoniceva, T Sims, Bukuya, Vunakece. Interchanges: Koroisau, Roqica, Evans, Radradra.
Half time: 34-0
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London