Australia continue winning run over Wales

Wales 21 Australia 29

Wales tasted defeat in their opener of the 2017 Autumn Internationals as they played second fiddle to Australia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors were the better side throughout much of the contest, with their defensive work rate keeping the hosts at arm’s length despite a valiant effort to register their 13th consecutive victory over Wales.

Warren Gatland’s men drew first blood in the eighth minute when Leigh Halfpenny converted a penalty, but Australia snatched the lead five minutes later with a converted try.

Tatafu Polota-Nau got the finishing touch as the visitors overpowered Wales with a driving maul from an attacking lineout.

Wales hit back brilliantly within four minutes when Steff Evans scored his third try in as many international matches, finishing off a flowing team move along the back line to regain the lead.

But the third try of the match went Australia’s way courtesy of Adam Coleman who finished easily from close range after exploiting a gap in the Welsh defence.

The visitors began to take control of the game, with fly-half Bernard Foley dispatching penalty after penalty, and they extended their lead with the final play of the first half through openside Michael Hooper who crossed after breaking through the midfield.

Kurtley Beale was the next to score after snatching the ball from the grip of Evans and strolling over unopposed just after the hour mark.

The hosts found another gear in the closing stages as replacement Hallam Amos evaded the touchline to score at the discretion of the television match officials, but it was ultimately too little, too late for Wales as Australia held on to secure the victory.

Edited by Alex Nicolaou

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