There was plenty of time to get a bonus point try after securing the victory.
Having also pushed England in their opening fixture less than a week ago, McKee was full of pride when speaking to the assembled press in the aftermath of the 28-13 defeat.
Yet when Glen Jackson sent Australian outside-centre Tevita Kuridrani to the sin-bin in the 73rd minute, Fiji could not capitalise. But some errors crept in and they were very good on capitalising on that and taking their opportunities.
Meanwhile, Scotland will have a taste of their first Rugby World Cup on Wednesday as they face a surprisingly tough Japan squad at Kingsholm Stadium. Pool A rivals England and Wales have already bagged bonus points after their winning displays.
Australia coach Michael Cheika has long made it clear that the Wallabies will never play conservative rugby on his watch, whatever the conditions. “It’s a game where the humble usually succeed”, Cheika said. I preach to my team about being humble. As he revealed before the tournament, he plans to make wholesale changes.
Australia enter the World Cup as the No 2 ranked nation in the world behind New Zealand, but a stigma remains about their perceived fragilities: the scrum, goal-kicking and their ability to win the biggest games. “We expect it to be a faster game than the England game, although if the ball comes our way I’m sure they will be trying to slow things down”.
“You’ve just got two very good players and the way they’ve played throughout the Super Rugby season and in the global season either together or separately has forced the coach’s hands”. It will give the players some extra resolve to make a mark next week.
Fiji had looked completely overwhelmed by the occasion following the opening ceremony on Friday, but this time they had no excuses.
The Wallabies’ lineout was under threat in that second half, with the Australians losing four of their own.
Michael Hooper and David Pocock have been named in the forward pack alongside Scott Sio.
Australia led 18-3 at halftime and soon extended the advantage.
The driving maul has been a notable tactic utilised well by England, South Africa, Georgia and Japan so far, and Australia used the template employed by the Brumbies this year, with Pocock in tow, seven times. For me, Skelton has done an absolutely outstanding job – really, for his age, the way he’s come through the system and what he’s been able to bring to global football at such a young age in his position has been excellent. “The boys have been waiting to play for a fair while and I think there was quite a good level of physicality, the lads had to do a lot of work”. He did his business in attack and his technical stuff well. “But our first game is behind us now and although we have another massive game coming up, we won’t have those first game jitters”. But we came through well.