Autumn international: Wales 21-29 Australia

Australia captain Michael Hooper on his way to scoring the Wallabies’ third try before being yellow carded
Autumn internationals
Wales (13) 21
Tries: S Evans, Amos Cons: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny (3)
Australia (22) 29
Tries: Polota-Nau, Coleman, Hooper, Beale Cons: Foley (3) Pens: Hodge

Wales’ misery against Australia continued as the Wallabies claimed a 13th consecutive win over Warren Gatland’s team at the Principality Stadium.

The experiment of a more attacking game was undone by a high error count as Australia scored four tries to two.

Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman, Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale claimed touchdowns for the Wallabies.

Wales managed two from Steff Evans and Hallam Amos.

The home side were in touch until the hour mark, but were undone by Beale’s breakaway try.

Having promised a new approach in attack, Wales lacked the accuracy and clinical skills of Australia, who took full advantage of the attacking opportunities they created.

Three times Wales turned over possession from restarts in the opening 40 minutes and on every occasion the Wallabies came away with points.

Steff Evans on the way to scoring Wales’ first try

Australia in control

The visitors were well-marshalled by half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley, with the fly-half converting three of their tries.

Injuries to Scarlets wing Evans and centre Davies – in the final move of the match – added to Wales’ woe.

After conceding a sucker try on the stroke of half-time to trail 22-13 at half-time, Wales dominated the early period of the second half but could not break through a wall of green and gold.

Then Beale ripped the ball from Evans as Wales attacked and ran clear to score between the posts.

A yellow card for Hooper gave Wales a late window of opportunity and eventually replacement wing Amos crossed wide on the left with the clock about to run out.

From the restart, Davies went down in a tackle and appeared to be in a lot of pain as Glen Jackson blew the final whistle.

Southern hoodoo continues

Their shocking record against the Wallabies is part of Wales’ difficulties against the “big three” from the southern hemisphere.

Since Gatland took over as head coach in 2008 they have now played 36 games against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and have won only three.

With the All Blacks and the Springboks still to come this autumnm Wales will not have to wait long for another crack at improving that success rate.

Georgia are Wales’ opponents next Saturday, fresh from their 54-22 win over Canada, while Australia are heading for Twickenham to face the European champions.

Man of the Match

Will Genia returned to the Wallabies’ starting line-up after missing the win over Japan and his experience and class was evident in a superb display alongside his equally-assured half-back partner Bernard Foley.

Wales: Halfpenny; Williams, J Davies, O Williams, S Evans; Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, A Wyn Jones (c), Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.

Replacements: Dacey, N Smith, Brown, Hill, Cross, A Davies, Watkin, Amos.

Australia: Beale; Koroibete, Kuridrani, Kerevi, Hodge; Foley, Genia; Sio, Polota-Nau, Kepu, Simmons, Coleman, Hanigan, Hooper (c), McMahon.

Replacements: Moore, Robertson, Alaalatoa, Philip, McCalman, Phipps, Hunt, Speight.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Touch judges: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) & Ian Tempest (England)

TMO: Graham Hughes (England).

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