Aus­tralia con­tinue Wales dom­i­nance

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Wales 21 Aus­tralia 29

Aus­tralia made it lucky 13 when they con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance of Wales with a 29-21 vic­tory at the Mil­len­nium Sta­dium on Satur­day to claim an early psy­cho­log­i­cal blow ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

The vis­i­tors scored tries through Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Cole­man, Michael Hooper and Kurt­ley Beale as they with­stood some in­tense pres­sure from Wales, whose tries came via St­eff Evans and Hal­lam Amos.

It was a 13th straight win for the Wal­la­bies over the Welsh, who they will meet again in the pool stages of the next global cham­pi­onship in Ja­pan in two years’ time.

War­ren Gat­land, back in charge of Wales, had said in the week that he be­lieved his side could win the World Cup, but on this ev­i­dence they will need to be more clin­i­cal with ball in hand to profit from their pos­ses­sion.

“You have to be more clin­i­cal against a side of that qual­ity,” Gat­land said af­ter­wards.

“We tried to force a few too many passes and off­loads but that’s what we’ve been en­cour­ag­ing the play­ers to do.”

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