Valentine Holmes has become the first player to score six tries in a Test match with a menacing haul against Fiji.
The Kangaroos winger became the first player to score five tries in a Test match last week and went one better against the Bati as he again wrote himself into the history books in Australia’s 54-6 World Cup semi-final annihilation of Fiji on Friday night in Brisbane.
The winger made light work of Fiji’s left-side defence and again gave Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan much to ponder regarding a positional switch from fullback to the flank.
Rugby league great Mark Geyer applauded Holmes’ effort for the ages after scoring four-pointers in the 18th, 24th, 42nd, 52nd, 66th and 76th minute.
“I have been involved in rugby league for 46 years and I have never seen anything like it,” Geyer said.
“I haven’t even scored six tries in a game of footy against my sisters.
"If you hand't seen it with your own eyes I don't think you'd belive it.
"I don't think I will ever see that again in my lifetime."
Fiji garnered an early 2-0 lead via a penalty conversion from 20m out with the Bati possibly taking the wrong option not to go for maximum points.
And Australia made them pay over the ensuing 75 minutes taking a 22-2 lead into the break before putting on an attacking clinic to claim a place in the World Cup Final.
“We’ve just got to throw the ball to Valentine Holmes,” Australian skipper Cameron Smith joked.
Holmes said he was ecstatic to have contributed so heavily to help his side make the final.
“Feels just as good (as last week's five-try effort) and it is probably the best team ever and I am happy they put myself into those situations," he said.
"I am enjoying it and very happy to make the final now. Time to relax and soak it all up."