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Internationals | Cardiff
17:15 (GMT) | 11-11-2017
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After the restart possession changes hands a couple of times as Wales looks for a consolation try but the ball is lost forward and that brings play to an end
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Conversion is missed by Halfpenny
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The ball goes wide to Hallam Amos who goes over the try line but the Ref goes upstairs to check the grounding. Try is awarded
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Wales looks to drive over but the Aussies' defense holds strong.
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Possession changes hands again and Wales looks to attack wide. They find a few holes in the Aussie defensive line. Penalty in front of goal and they opt for touch. 5m line-out to Wales
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Australia clears from the scrum but the ball has been touched and they get a line-out just over their own 22
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The Welsh attacking inches away from the try-line. The ball is lost forward in contact by Alun Wyn Jones
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Wales attacks the blindside from the scrum but they run out of space and the ref goes back to another penalty advantage
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Wales looks to maul but the Aussie defense holds strong. and they're forced to go the direct route. Davies kicks it across but the ball goes into touch and the ref comes back to the advantage. Penalty Wales
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The home team wins a scrum penalty and opts for touch. Biggar finds touch 6m out
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Wales opts for touch and they find touch inside the away team's half. Wales looks to attack the midfield but the ball is lost forward and the scrum is awarded to the away team
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Penalty awarded to Wales and Hooper is sent off with a yellow card for slowing the ball down
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Hodges's kick just misses the cross-bar and Wales looks to attack by running from deep inside their own half
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After the restart the Australian's seem to have found a second breath after that try as they look to build an attack of their own. They win a penalty from 57m out and Reece Hodge lines it up
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Foley adds the extras
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Possession changes hands again as Wales finds space with their offloading game. Kurtley Beale rips a ball in the tackle and runs straight through for a try. The Welsh players are shocked as no one saw that coming
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Aussies line-out inside their own half as they clear the ball and Wales looks to run it back. They manage to create an overlap but the ball is passed into touch
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Australia's ill-discipline is bringing the Welsh back in the game as they win another penalty. Halfpenny lines it up from the halfway line but he misses the kick
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Wales runs it back as they find a few gaps in the Aussies defense.
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Australia's line-out inside theri own half and they look to build an attack of their own before Foley kicks it high
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At the return of play Wales looks dangerous with ball in hand as they offload into the space. The ball is lost forward on the wing
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Hallfpenny makes no error
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Penalty for Wales right in front of the goal and they opt for goal
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Line-out on the 22 and the Welsh pack looks to get the rolling maul going. They find some momentum before they spread it wide
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Penalty for the home team and they opt for touch
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Possession changes hands a couple of times. Wales with ball in hand building a couple of phases
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Wales line-out inside the Wallaby half. They look to attack the midfield but the ball is lost forward and Australia looks to run the ball
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Wales spreads the ball across the park, creating space on the right flank. Williams puts in a kick and they chase it down. Beale fields and clears
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The Welsh wins a scrum penalty and Biggar opts for a cross kick into the hands of Evans
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The 2nd half gets on the way and the Australians look to pick up where they left off. Phase after phase being played by the Wallabies but a forward pass stops their momentum

Half Time

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The conversion is missed by Foley
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The ball goes wide and Hooper spots a gap and decides to go for it, his momentum carries him over the try line as he dots it down
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Australia with ball in hand a couple of yards short of the try line as they try the direct approach
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From the restart Australia wins the ball back but the ball is lost again by them and Wales looks to attack but the ball is passed into touch on the left flank
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Halfpenny repeats his earlier effort by kicking it straight through the middle
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From the restart Wales manages to win the ball back and in the process they win a penalty in a similar position to Halfpenny's earlier penalty
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Reece Hofge lines-up the penalty from out far and he makes it look effortless as he kicks it over
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Australia kicks and applies pressure, they manage to win a penalty
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Australia wins a scrum penalty and the pressure is relieved a little bit as they opt for touch and find it close to the halfway mark
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Scrum reset
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Free-kick to Wales and they opt for the scrum on the Wallabies' 22
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Wales clears and this time Beale looks to run it back but he is caught with no support and Wales wins a penalty and opts for touch
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Wales clears from the line-out and Genia looks to run it back. He puts in a kick and finds touch
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Wales wins a penalty and opts for touch
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At the return of play Australia clears deep into the Welsh half. Wales gets a line-out deep inside their half and looks to run from it but the ball is lost forward. Australia's scrum in good attacking position
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Foley adds the extras
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Australia attacking in front of goal and a well timed pass by Genia finds Adam Coleman in space who dives over for a TRY
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After the restart a handling error by the Welsh swings the momentum in the way of the Wallabies who manages to build an attack playing phase after phase
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Halfpenny adds the extras
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The Welsh looking dangerous on attack as they spread the ball wide creating some space on the flank for Steffan Evans to go over for a try
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After the restart Wales manages to find some momentum on the attack as they're edging closer but the ball is lost forward in contact. Australia clears from the scrum
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Foley adds the extras
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Australia gets the rolling maul going and finds momentum to drive over the line as Tatafu Polota-Nau dots down the try
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Australia with ball in hand and looking to build some pressure they kick the ball through and apply pressure to win a line-out 5m out
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From the restart Wales wins a penalty and opts for touch. Biggar kicks a beautiful touch finder but Australia wins a free-kick at the line-out and opts for the scrum
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Halfpenny lines it up right in the middle of the park and he makes no error. Over she goes
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Wales applies pressure on Reece Hodge who's kick is charged down. Australia manages clear and finds touch inside their own half. Wales puts it up in the midfield from the scrum and the win a penalty at the breakdown in good kicking position
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Wales returns the kick and Australia looks to build a few phases. Possession changes hand and Biggar puts a kick in behind the defense
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Wales looks to put the ball up in the midfield but the ball is lost forward and Australia pounces on it and clears with a kick
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The line-out ball is thrown in skew and Wales is awarded a scrum. Wales wins a scrum penalty and opts for touch
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The Wallabies look to attack the blind from the scrum but the ball is tackled into touch. Welsh line-out inside their own half as they look to clear and finds touch just outside their own 22
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Referee Glen Jackson blows his whistle and Wales gets the game on the way with a deep kick-off. Australia secures the ball and clears down the middle of the field. Wales look to run the ball wide as the Aussies defense shoots up the space is created on the outside but the ball is lost forward. Wallabies scrum
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The players are doing their final preparations before walking out to sing their respective national anthems
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Both line-ups seem evenly matched. Players to look out for in the Welsh line-up will have to be Leigh Halfpenny,Jonathan Davies and Taulupe Faletau while the Wallabies will expect strong performances by Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper if they want to win this match
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Wales take on Australia in the first match of the autumn series as Warren Gatland begins the process of identifying players capable of making his World Cup squad in 2019. A host of youngsters and inexperienced internationals have been given a chance to shine as Owen Williams starts at 12 and Steff Evans plays on the wing. Wales are looking to avenge last season's 32-8 drubbing at the hands of the Wallabies, with games against Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa still to come
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Welcome to Cardiff where Wales take on Australia in this international rugby match
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Wales
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Australia
START LINE UP
  • 1 Rob Evans
  • 2 Ken Owens
  • 3 Tomas Francis
  • 4 Jake Ball
  • 5 Alun Wyn Jones
  • 6 Aaron Shingler
  • 7 Josh Navidi
  • 8 Taulupe Faletau
  • 9 Gareth Davies
  • 10 Dan Biggar
  • 11 Steffan Evans
  • 12 Owen Williams
  • 13 Jonathan Davies
  • 14 Liam Williams
  • 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RESERVES
  • 16 Kristian Dacey
  • 17 Nicky Smith
  • 18 Leon Brown
  • 19 Cory Hill
  • 20 Sam Cross
  • 21 Aled Davies
  • 22 Owen Watkins
  • 23 Hallam Amos
START LINE UP
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Rob Simmons
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Sean McMahon
  • 9 Will Genia
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Reece Hodge
  • 12 Samu Kerevi
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Marika Koroibete
  • 15 Kurtley Beale
RESERVES
  • 16 Stephen Moore
  • 17 Tom Robertson
  • 18 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 19 Matt Philip
  • 20 Ben McCalman
  • 21 Nick Phipps
  • 22 Karmichael Hunt
  • 23 Henry Speight
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PREVIEW: Wales v Australia

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:56

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL SEASON: Warren Gatland is banking on increased finesse behind the scrum to help end Wales' desperate run of defeats by Australia when the two sides meet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.

This week marks the New Zealander's tenth anniversary as Wales coach and Gatland would love nothing more than for the side to halt a run of 12 successive losses to the Wallabies, with the last Welsh win against Australia back in 2008.  

For much of his time in charge, Wales's back-play has been built on bursting through the gainline, with inside centre Jamie Roberts the crash-ball carrier of choice -- the so-called 'Warrenball' approach.

But experienced midfielder Roberts isn't even on the bench this weekend, with Gatland rolling the dice by pairing Owen Williams at inside centre alongside fly-half Dan Biggar in a twin playmaker system.

Wing Steffan Evans and flankers Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler will also start, with captain Alun Wyn Jones one of seven British and Irish Lions in the home side.

"We have had our ups and downs in that 10-year period, but it has been exciting and challenging," Gatland said. "Now we're going to change the way we play a little bit."

Gatland, returning to Wales duty after overseeing the touring British and Irish Lions 1-1 series draw against world champions New Zealand in June and July, added: "This team is a reward for some players. Aaron has proved himself over the last year and Josh Navidi has played everywhere across the back-row.

"Owen has a pretty good record at centre. Everyone has talked about his attack, but what is going to win Saturday's game is defence."

"Australia has a massive midfield and two direct wings so I don't think they're going to be too worried about throwing the ball around. I think they're going to be pretty direct.

"For us the result is important, we want to win every game," insisted Gatland, who has urged supporters to be patient with his side as they adapt to their new style of play which the coach hopes will stand them in good stead for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

In centre Jonathan Davies, No 8 Taulupe Faletau and skipper Jones, a commanding lock, Wales still have plenty of physical presence.

But they will head into Saturday's match as underdogs having been hammered 32-8 by Australia in Cardiff last year under caretaker coach Rob Howley, in charge while Gatland was seconded to the Lions.

"I don’t know what it is, but I wouldn’t say Australia are a bogey team," said Jones. "We have come very close to beating them and in some games we felt we should have. It is not necessarily a curse."

Australia, who have beaten Japan and New Zealand in their last two games, will arrive in Cardiff in fine form, with Michael Cheika's side captained by flanker Michael Hooper.

Vice-captains Will Genia and Bernard Foley team up at scrumhalf, with Kurtley Beale at fullback.

The Wallabies boast 293 international caps among their replacements alone but Cheika was wary of a remodelled Wales team.
"I've seen the new guys Wales have picked and they are quality players," said Cheika. "I think that debutants give you a certain power and they can change a side.

"One thing I've learnt in my career is to expect anything to happen on any given day. It's the first game of the series for Wales and I am sure there will be a change of some sort."

As for Australia having some sort of 'edge' on Wales, Cheika said: "I've never been a believer in a psychological barrier. It's all about consistency and then when you get to game day, the match starts at 0-0."

Player to watch:

For Wales: You will start by looking at the three newcomers - Scarlets wing Steff Evans, Gloucester's centre Owen Williams and Cardiff Blues flank Josh Navidi. Then there are the usual suspects - Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar. However, the loose trio of Taulupe Faletau, Navidi and Aaron Shingler could hold the key.

For Australia: Kurtley Beale at fullback is interesting, especially since he was such a star at inside centre in recent weeks. Tevita Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi make for a more forceful midfield - the Wallabies going for brawn over brain here. The return of Will Genia at scrumhalf will compensate for the - somewhat. Michael Hooper, as always, will be a joy to watch.

Head to head: You would pay good money to watch Leigh Halfpenny (Wales) against Kurtley Beale (Australia) - the skills of both are worth it. Although there are indeed quality head-to-head battles all over the field, the midfield could be particularly interesting - the Wales pair of Jonathan Davies (1.86m, 104kg) and Owen Williams against Australia's Fijian combination of Tevita Kuridrani (1.94m, 102kg) and Samuel Kerevi (1.86m, 105kg)

Recent results:
 2016: Australia won 32-8, Cardiff
2015: Australia won 15-6, London (World Cup pool match)
2014: Australia won 33-28, Cardiff
2013: Australia won 30-26, Cardiff
2012: Australia won 14-12, Cardiff
2012: Australia won 20-19, Sydney
2012: Australia won 23-25, Melbourne
2012: Australia won 27-19, Brisbane
2011: Australia won 24-18, Cardiff
2011: Australia won 21-18, Auckland (World Cup third-place play-off)

Prediction: The number of times that there a single score separated these two teams is astonishing. Australia has won their last 12 games against Wales and 15 of their last 16 encounters. It is likely to follow the same pattern - the Wallabies winning a close battle - seven points or less.

Teams:

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Sam Cross, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Watkin, 23 Hallam Amos.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.          
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Karmichael Hunt, 23 Henry Speight.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 17.15 (17.15 GMT; 04.15 AEDT, Sunday, November 12)
Expected weather: It doesn't really matter if they close the roof, but there will be a little rain from tropical rainstorm Rina. High of 13°C and a low of 2°C
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Ian Tempest (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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Australia too good for Wales again

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:49

MATCH REPORT: Australia racked up a 13th straight victory over Wales with a 29-21 win in Cardiff on Saturday.

Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman, captain Michael Hooper and fullback Kurtley Beale crossed for the Wallabies with flyhalf Bernard Foley kicking three conversions and Reece Hodge a long-distance penalty.

Wales' tries came courtesy of Scarlets winger Steffan Evans and replacement Dragons paceman Hallam Amos, while Leigh Halfpenny kicked 11 points.

To their credit Wales had the crowd on their feet for the majority of the game with their decision to implement a more expansive style of rugby resulting in an entertaining spectacle.

But the usual off-shoot of high risk rugby is more errors, with Warren Gatland's men guilty of numerous handling errors.

They also struggled to effectively stop Australia’s ball carriers, the Wallabies able to cross the gain line far too easily and dominate the breakdown.

Wales made a strong start when Halfpenny slotted a penalty from 30 metres after the Wallabies were deemed to be offside.

But the home side's opening points forced the visitors into action, Polota-Nau crossing for their first try. The Leicester-bound hooker found himself at the bottom of a powerful Australian driving line-out which the home side were unable to stop.

Wales hit straight back when Scarlets wing Evans crossed for his third try in as many Tests. The score came after his regional teammate Gareth Davies made a sniping break from his own half following a scrappy line-out. The ball was then recycled going through the hands of Dan Biggar, Owen Williams and Jonathan Davies before Halfpenny put Evans over in the corner.

It didn't take long for Michael Chieka's side to hit back when giant lock Coleman crossed from short range. The build-up to the try saw Foley put in a neat cross-kick which was well covered by Halfpenny, but the ball was recycled and Will Genia was able to put the lock over.

Hodge and Halfpenny exchanged penalties, before Australian captain Hooper crossed for a simple try on the stroke of half-time meaning Cheika's men turned around 22-13 up.

Wales started the second half strongly, keeping hold of the ball far more effectively than in the first period. Their pressure was rewarded with three points from the boot of Halfpenny as he cut the deficit to just six points. Wales continued to press with pocket dynamo Evans causing mayhem in the Australian ranks with his pace and electric footwork.

But again Wales' ambition was to be their undoing when fullback Beale ripped the ball from the hands of Evans to race in unopposed from 50 metres out to knock the stuffing out of the hosts.

Wales did have some reward for their pressure when Hooper was sent to the sin bin after he was judged to have entered a ruck from the side. With the flank missing, the Welsh scrum was able to gain the upper hand shoving the Wallabies back at a rate of knots.

But despite that, Wales could not turn pressure into points with captain Alun Wyn Jones coming close when he knocked the ball forward over the tryline.

The hosts did at least get a consolation try when Amos crossed in the left-hand corner following a perfectly weighted Jonathan Davies grubber, but it was all too little too late.

Man of the match: Bernard Foley was good in the No.10 position, while Kurtley Beale also had some nice touches and he scored a remarkable try. However, the award goes to Will Genia for his decision-making and his all-round play in the No.9 jersey

Moment of the match: Kurtley Beale's try in the 63rd minute definitely took the game away from the Welsh.

Villain of the match: There was no real villain, but the Welsh will not be pleased with Taulupe Faletau's handling in this match.

The scorers:

For Wales:
Try: Evans, Amos
Con: Halfpenny
Pens: Halfpenny 3

For Australia:
Tries: Polota-Nau, Coleman, Hooper, Beale
Cons: Foley 3
Pen: Hodge

Yellow card: Michael Hooper (Australia, 68 - cynical play, slowing the ball down)

Teams:

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Liam Williams, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Sam Cross, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Owen Watkin, 23 Hallam Amos.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.          
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Karmichael Hunt, 23 Henry Speight.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Ian Tempest (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

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Steffan Evans (17min) and Hallam Amos (79min)
TRIES
Tatafu Polota-Nau (12min), Adam Coleman (21min), Michael Hooper (40min), and Kurtley Beale (62min)
Leigh Halfpenny (18min)
CONVERSIONS
Bernard Foley (13min), Bernard Foley (23min), and Bernard Foley (63min)
Leigh Halfpenny (8min), Leigh Halfpenny (37min), and Leigh Halfpenny (51min)
PENALTIES
Reece Hodge (33min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Michael Hooper (67min)
 
 
VENUE Cardiff
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)