Australia continue Wales dominance
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.”