Aus­tralia over­power Wales

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Cardiff: Aus­tralia over­pow­ered Wales and de­liv­ered their 12th suc­ces­sive tri­umph over their hosts with a 32-8 vic­tory in Cardiff. It was Wales’ heav­i­est home de­feat since New Zealand beat them 46-10 in Novem­ber 2006. Aus­tralia cen­tres Reece Hodge and Te­vita Kuridrani both scored tries, while skip­per Stephen Moore, fly-half Bernard Fo­ley and wing Dane Haylett-Petty also touched down, with Fo­ley adding a penalty and two con­ver­sions. Full-back Leigh Half­penny, mak­ing his first Wales ap­pear­ance since suf­fer­ing a knee lig­a­ment in­jury 14 months ago, kicked a penalty, while cen­tre Scott Wil­liams claimed a try to de­liver points for Wales, who have not beaten the Wal­la­bies since 2008. Fo­ley and Half­penny ex­changed early penal­ties, but there was no dis­guis­ing Aus­tralia’s dom­i­nance in terms of ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion. Their con­trol was un­der­lined af­ter just 11 min­utes, when the vis­i­tors’ pack drove over and Moore pounced for a try. Fo­ley could not add the con­ver­sion, but Wales were then tem­po­rar­ily re­duced to 14 men when fly-half Dan Big­gar was yel­low­carded for chal­leng­ing Wal­la­bies wing Haylett-Petty off the ball as Aus­tralia at­tacked through full-back Is­rael Fo­lau. Although Aus­tralia could not score when Big­gar was off, they quickly made amends by pounc­ing for two fur­ther touch­downs dur­ing an eight-minute spell be­fore the break. Hodge scored fol­low­ing bril­liant work by Fo­ley and Fo­lau, then Kuridrani crashed through por­ous de­fence and Fo­ley con­verted to give Aus­tralia a 20-3 in­ter­val lead. AFP

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