Wales joy as Wal­la­bies are beaten for first time in 10 years

Sport360 - - Internationals - By Andrew Bal­dock @balders2 ✉ ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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