Wales joy as Wallabies are beaten for first time in 10 years
ended their long losing run against Australia at the 14th attempt as substitute Dan Biggar’s late penalty gave them a 9-6 victory in Cardiff.
Full-back Leigh Halfpenny missed two easy first-half penalties that looked to have derailed Welsh hopes of a first victory over the Wallabies since 2008.
But Halfpenny, the third-highest scorer in Welsh international rugby history behind Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones with more than 700 points, managed two successful strikes off the tee before Biggar came up trumps.
Halfpenny was off the pitch, having been felled by a high tackle, which meant Biggar assumed kicking duties as he edged Wales home after Bernard Foley and Matt Toomua kicked penalties for Australia.
The Wallables’ defeat will now turn up the heat on head coach Michael Cheika as they suffered an eighth loss from their last 10 matches. It was a game that will not live long in the memory, one that was littered with errors, yet Wales will not care one iota.
In addition to ending the losing sequence, they also made it seven wins on the bounce against all opponents for a first time since 2004/05 and landed a psychological blow before the countries meet again as World Cup pool rivals in Tokyo next September.
Scotland extended their impressive Murrayfield streak to 10 wins from their last 11 Tests as Tommy Seymour’s hat-trick helped seal a 54-17 win over Fiji.
Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Sean Maitland, Jamie Ritchie and Adam Hastings also touched down as Gregor Townsend’s team responded to last week’s sloppy display against Wales with a sensational eight-try drubbing.
Tommaso Allan starred with 13 points as Italy came from behind to beat Georgia 28-17 in Florence. The hosts responded strongly, running in four tries in the win, just their second of the year.
Man for the Big occasion: Dan Biggar.