Even more dramatic than the turbulent scoreline was the "scandalous' decision from match officials not to take any action against Aussie star Reece Hodge when he appeared to knock-out Fiji star Peceli Yato with an illegal shoulder charge.

Yato was escorted from the field and never returned after he was left dazed and distressed in the 25th minute when he ran into Hodge, who made a difficult tackle on the steaming Fijian.

Hodge's shoulder charge hit made contact with Yato's head and left the Fijian unable to return to the match, despite Hodge being sent flying by the impact of the collision.

The referees reportedly sent the incident up to the TMO to look for any possible yellow or red cards, but the verdict returned was that Hodge's hit did not deserve any sanction.

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Reece Hodge hits Fiji's Peceli Yatoin the 25th minute of the World Cup clash. Photo / Twitter
Reece Hodge hits Fiji's Peceli Yatoin the 25th minute of the World Cup clash. Photo / Twitter

Fiji was reportedly upset by the decision and plans to refer the controversy to the Rugby World Cup citing commissioner.

Other rugby commentators were much more filthy at the decision, which severely took the wind out of Fiji's sails late in the first half.

Some even suggested Hodge got the advantage because it was an Australian team playing against a smaller nation.

Despite the TMO giving Hodge the all-clear, he is expected to face the scrutiny of the Rugby World Cup match review.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said after the game he had already spoken to English TMO Rowan Kitt, and claimed the video referee told him that Hodge does not need to worry about further action.

Many others disagreed.