Two late scores, one extremely dubious added a bit of gloss to the scoreboard for New Zealand but it was a sketchy performance at best from the home side.
In truth, Fiji were never really in it after an opening quarter which saw them all but penalised off the pitch. Two tries came in that period but the Fijians regrouped to keep it to 18-0 after 30 minutes until two late scores produced a 32-0 half time scoreline.
Fiji came out fighting in the second half, enjoyed a greater share of possession and never let the All Blacks settle. It was a frustrating period for Richie McCaw and his side.
The visitors did, in fact, score first when number eight Sakiusa Matadigo broke down the blindside before finsind scrum half Nemia Serelevu who finished the move.
Replacement All Black scrum half Piri Weepu livened things up for the home side and was the creative force behind two subsequent tries from the All Blacks but Fiji's fight was rewarded with a fine individual try from wing Vereniki Goneva.
Both teams had scored two converted tries in the second half at this point but a late penalty try and one from Mils Muliaina (a knock on and forward pass seemingly missed) were harsh on the Islanders.