Wales win 25-15 over Brumbies
Wales held off the Brumbies to secure their first win of their 2012 Australian tour with a 25-15 victory at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday.
Wales romped in three tries to none in a blistering opening half before staving off a late comeback by the home side for a comfortable 10-point win.
The win followed their 27-19 loss in the first Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane last weekend.
Wales coach Rob Howley rested most of his starting players ahead of the next Test in Melbourne on Saturday, with lock Luke Charteris the only one to back up against the Brumbies.
But against an inexperienced Brumbies team – six of whom were earning their first provincial caps – the second-best side the Six Nations champions put forward still managed to dominate.
They had the game in hand after the first half, enjoying a clear majority of possession and territory to repeatedly launch attacks, with Test veteran James Hook, Justin Tiperic and captain Alun Wyn Jones all finding their way over the line.
But Jake White’s men continued their never-say-die attitude of the Super Rugby season after the break, slotting three penalties through Zack Holmes to put them within four points with 10 minutes to go.
In front of a home crowd of 7248, they then twice looked like scoring a try before Wales held firm and then kicked two penalties of their own to put the final margin to 25-15.
An audition of sorts for both squads, debuting Brumbies wingers Cam Crawford and Tom Cox both made some eye-catching runs, while 19-year-old Harry Robinson did the same for Wales in just his second game for the visitors.© AAP 2013
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