Australia vs Wales: Test Rugby live scores, blog
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Australia vs Wales: Test rugby live scores, blog
The Wallabies host Wales in Melbourne tonight, with the second Test between the two nations anticipated to be a classic. Join us for live scores and blog as the Wallabies host the Welsh at Etihad Stadium.
The first Test saw the Wallabies show Wales what they are capable of with all the big guns finding form. The side is unchanged.
The forwards really fronted up and Will Genia took full advantage with a vintage display.
Even Berrick Barnes, who hasn’t had a season to remember with the NSW Waratahs, seemed to be back to near his best. Barnes left the side to be with his wife Bec who gave birth to their first child together but is expected to be back in time for kickoff.
Wales, coming back from a lengthy lay-off and without their talisman coach Warren Gatland, did not turn up to play.
They looked a mere shadow of the team they were in last year’s World Cup.
Sam Warburton hadn’t played rugby for eleven weeks prior and the rust showed as his men allowed themselves to be bullied at the breakdown.
But with the Wallabies on song against an off-beat Welsh team, the difference on the scoreboard was still only eight points.
Both sides butchered what should have been easy tries and missed a lot of point-scoring opportunities.
Wales has made four changes, opting for more experience in their pack.
Matthew Rees and Alun Wyn Jones have come in as well with Ryan Jones replacing the injured Toby Felatau.
In the backline 22-year-old centre Ashley Beck has earned himself a start after coming off the bench last week to put Alex Cuthbert in for a try.
Young openside flanker Justin Tipuric has also been added onto the bench, signalling Wales’ intent to focus on disrupting Australia’s ball at the break down.
Wales will be looking to slow down the Wallabies’ ball in order to nullify the threat of Genia and the Aussie backs.
If Wales has done their homework they’ll also look to unleash Cuthbert and North on the inexperienced Cooper Vuna and make life very difficult for the untested newcomer.
The victorious Wallaby line-up of last week remains unchanged and will look to build on last week’s performance.
Pocock and his men will expect a greater challenge at the breakdown this time around and will be ready to handle whatever Wales can throw at them.
The backs will be looking to Barnes to run riot in the shadows as the Welsh defence shines the spotlight on Genia.
All in all, expect an amazing spectacle.
If you can’t manage to catch it on TV, join us here as we bring you live comments and scores. Kick-off is 8:00pm AEST.
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