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CARDIFF, 23 Sept - Australia coach Michael Cheika left Cardiff with a genuine smile on his face despite Australia missing out on a bonus point in their 28-13 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium.
Tries from David Pocock (2) and Sekope Kepu, plus 13 points from the boot of Bernard Foley, proved enough for the Wallabies in their Pool A game against the Pacific Islanders.
Cheika said he was unconcerned that his side failed to match England's five-point return against Fiji on Friday. "We're just very pleased to win our first game," he said.
"I am new to test football and international rugby, so the most important thing for me is winning the test match. I just want to win the game and move on.
"It's a very competitive pool and I don't think it's right going into a match trying to claim a bonus point against a side like Fiji who did so well the other night against England."
Australia led 18-3 at the interval, courtesy of two penalties from outside-half Foley and a brace of tries, in the 26th and 31st minutes, from the outstanding number eight Pocock. Admittedly, mistakes were prevalent throughout the half, but for coach Cheika, the only worry is the head injury suffered by replacement James Slipper.
Nemami Nadolo kicked Fiji's lone points, via a penalty, before the interval and added a second in the 47th minute, four minutes after Wallabies' prop Sekope Kepu had rumbled his way to the line for a try duly converted by Foley.
Ben Volavola's try and Nadolo's conversion did breathe fresh life into Fiji, but they were held at arm's length in the final quarter during which Australia played the final eight minutes with 14 men after Tevita Kuridrani was yellow carded for deliberately preventing release.
Australia move on to play Uruguay, at Villa Park, Birmingham, on Sunday, while Fiji return to Cardiff on Thursday week to face Wales.
Cheika said: "I will more than likely change everyone in the team to make sure everyone gets a touch of the ball.
"I will say that our genuine focus is about tomorrow and getting recovered. Then, we will look at the Uruguay game.
"I know people don't believe that, but that's the way we do it. We will take it a day at a time and try to improve every day."
Fiji coach John McKee said: "I thought our boys were amazing tonight, especially when you consider that we have backed up after such a tough game against England five days ago.
"I felt we controlled the game in the first half, but we didn't take our chances and when they got their opportunities they took them."