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    Wales vs Australia

    International, 12 November, 2017

    Principality Stadium
    Fulltime - Wales 21, Australia 29
    Wales   Australia
    21 FINAL SCORE 29
    2 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Glen Jackson
    Touch judges: Jaco Peyper & Ian Tempest
    TMO: Graham Hughes

    Match result:

    Australia have beaten Wales by 29 points to 21 in Cardiff and stretched their winning streak over the Welsh to 13 in a row.

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    Final score
    Wales 21
    Australia 29

    Match preview:

    Australia play Wales early on Sunday morning at Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales as the Wallabies continue their Spring Tour. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 4:15am AEDT.

    It’s an interesting time for both teams as talk amongst fans is shifting to Japan 2019 especially considering these teams will meet in the group stages at the tournament.

    The Wallabies are starting to put together a good run of form – undefeated in six games now – and this tour should give Cheika a chance to develop some more rhythm and depth within his squad.

    Depth is critical for the Aussies as they are going to need bolster their broader squad’s experience if they want to be still standing in the business end of the World Cup.

    The lack of a quality replacement for Bernard Foley is still a bit alarming but the Aussie bench is growing in experience in other positions – this match sees over 290 caps sitting on the sidelines eager to get on at some point.

    Ned Hanigan gets another start which will surprise some – the youngster has plenty of heart but his recent performances have shown him wanting when it comes to the impact he has on a match.

    Karmichael Hunt will be frustrated not to start at fullback or in the centres. With Israel Folau being rested for the entire tour, he’d have hoped to get plenty of game time but Sunday will see Kurtley Beale start at the back and the power pairing of Marika Koroibete and Tevita Kuridrani start in the centres in a very Warren Ball-style set up.

    Speaking of Warren Ball, on the Welsh side it’s apparently the starting of a new era. There’s no space for Jamie Roberts, George North or Alex Cuthbert and the indications are that Warren Gatland is looking for a change in the way that Wales attack.

    He’s given a debut to playmaker Owen Williams at 12 meaning that the Welsh midfield is lighter and, hopefully, more creative. Of course it’ll be interesting to see whether these players can stand up to the power of Koroibete and Kuridrani.

    Sadly for the Welsh, they are missing some key players from injury in the forwards which is going to make things even tougher than they promised to be. The absence of Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric from the backrow means over 120 caps missing and this could well leave the Welsh struggling at the breakdown where Michael Hooper will fancy his chances for some turnover action.

    One match up that will be exciting to see is the battle in the second row between Adam Coleman and Adam Jones. The wise old campaigner was a key member of the British and Irish Lions strong performance against the All Blacks this year and has been regarded as one of the best locks for many years.

    Coleman is growing into his role as a leader within the Wallabies team and will be eager to impress against the well respected Jones.

    While the Welsh will be a harder prospect than Japan, the Wallabies run of good form should see them continue their dominance over the men in red.

    Australia to win by 12.

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    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 6:49am | ! Report

      Match Report

      Australia have beaten Wales by 29 points to 21 in Cardiff and stretched their winning streak over the Welsh to 13 in a row.

      It was always going to be hard for the Welsh to turn the tide against the Australians and in the review they will see plenty to be positive about but sadly more to be frustrated about, especially far too many handling errors that led to many of the Welsh attacks stumbling before they could really cause any threat.

      In the first half the Welsh were looking to find some rhythm and struggled. They had to defend a lot and then when they did have the ball in hand they gave it away through errors or poor kicks too often. This was reflected in the stats as much as the scoreboard at half time – they were 9 points behind and had to make roughly three times as many tackles as their opponents.

      The Wales of the second half was better in some ways – they held onto the ball more and forced the Aussies to make over 90 tackles – but they were always chasing a game that you felt was always going to be just beyond their reach.

      For the Aussies there were quite a few positives from today that Cheika will be pleased with. In the first half they played some very patient and clinical attacking rugby. Foley kicked well and kept the Welsh pinned back forcing them to run from deep time and time again. When the Wallabies did attack they were composed and when a specific attack didn’t get a result, they didn’t panic. They reset and kept coming forcing the Welsh to keep working hard and giving them no respite. This led to three tries for the Wallabies in the first half including an important try just before half time when Hooper finished a nice period of build play with a score in the corner.

      While the penalty count of 13 (four times more than the Welsh) will have annoyed Cheika, the Aussies did well to keep out wave after wave of Welsh attacks. The Aussies had to live without the ball for much of the second half but the defence stood up well.

      This was especially true late in the game when Hooper was sent to the sin bin as a result of Australia persistently infringing at the ruck. Wales threw everything at the Aussies for these ten minutes including several scrums where they had a man advantage and were just 5 metres from the Wallabies line. But the Welsh scored zero points during this period and the Aussies should be very happy with this effort.

      Just before Hooper’s dismissal Beale had arguably taken the game beyond the Welsh with a bizarre try that came from a rugby league style strip in a tackle. No one really knew what had happened but Beale ran in from 35 metres out while most were assuming that he’d knocked the ball on in the tackle. This assumption seemed to be shared by Beale himself who smartly tried to take the conversion himself straight away after scoring to try and prevent any TMO review of the try itself. The ref did review the try though and despite some pretty strong video evidence hinting that he had indeed knocked the ball on the score stood and the Aussies moved beyond the Welsh.

      From an individual point of view, a number of Wallabies did well without being absolutely electric. Genia and Foley ran the game well and always looked comfortable. Coleman worked hard in the second row and while he did attract the ref’s attention too often he was a powerful menace. Koroibete wasn’t as busy as he’d have wanted but he did go looking for the ball sometimes and worked hard in cover defence. Polota-Nau did well for the most part – his try arguably more important than his loose throw at a line out – and he’s replacing Moore very nicely.

      Hunt got a chance in the second half but didn’t really make a huge impact and he’ll have to wait to try and make his case for a permanent starting shirt.

      For the Welsh it was the first game post Warren Ball and the Welsh did look to move the ball around and attack wider more than they usually do. However their execution isn’t quite up to their intent yet and while the last 20 minutes were exciting as the Welsh tried hard to come back, the Aussies never really looked at risk from about the 30 minute mark onwards.

      There are definitely some exciting young talents for the Welsh who we got a glimpse of today and it’s true that they struggled without the experience of forwards like Warburton and Tipuric but Gatland will be wanting some significant improvements from his team over the next few weeks and in next years’ 6 Nations.

      For Cheika this was a good start to this part of the tour and he’ll be feeling good about how things are aligning for next week – the clash with Eddie Jones’ England at Twickenham. That game will have a lot written about it from every angle and should prove to be an absolute cracker.

    • 6:21am
      jutsie said | 6:21am | ! Report

      I reckon Hunt will come in for kerevi next week. Alot of useless up and unders by Foley in 2nd half made it a bit boring compared to first half but Im hoping that was just the wallabies putting conserving a bit of energy as they had match under control.
      Need to work on defense again, 20 missed tackles and wales were always finding an overlap out wide. Discipline in forward line was also poor, hooper and coleman gave away some silly penalties and the yellow was deserved as hooper was given a warning by jackson earlier but gave away a blatant offside.

      • 6:37am
        Fionn said | 6:37am | ! Report

        Kerevi was average but so was Hunt when he came on. I suspect you may be right, however.

        Foley needed to stop the up and unders after the first few, they were putting us under so much pressure.

        • Roar Guru

          Sluggy said | 7:09am | ! Report

          Pretty sure he was kicking on instructions, Fionn. And with the Welsh defence right in their face it was a suitable change of game plan. The kick to the corner that created the first try had Eddie Butler gushing with praise. The words brilliant and beautiful featured.

          Agree with you about Kerevi – the defence wrapped him up easily. Hunt to start next week if his head-wound heals. His average game is >> Kerevi’s.

          @ Jutsie – On the defence – most of the misses seemed to be coming out wide, and Hunt certainly sured that up in the late game.

          I only saw the shooter pattern clearly used once in the second half, and it turned into a mess, with a likely Welsh try if Halfpenney hadn’t dropped the pass. Fortunately the cover was getting there most of the time, but there was one try saver from Hannigan, and another from TPN, that leave you wandering what is wrong with the other guys’ tackling technique. Kuridrani missed a couple, but he also made a couple of good-uns to go with them.

          PS – In the chat show on Bein before the ABs game started, Justin Harrison gave the French T14 clubs a massive spray. One of the best rants I’ve heard in a long time 🙂

          • 7:14am
            Fionn said | 7:14am | ! Report

            I liked the raking kicks behind the defence that both he and Beale did, particularly in the first half. However, in the second half there were just endless midfield up and unders from around halfway that we almost never contested well. We just gave possession to Wales, and they were willing to run it back and attack.

            Even if it was as per instructions he needed to adjust and stop doing them after the first 3-4 had negative impacts on the game.

            I hope he and Beale continue with the chip kicks, grubbers and rakings kicks. They were very effective.

            I thought TK was brillaint actually, in attack and defence.

            • Roar Guru

              Sluggy said | 7:44am | ! Report

              “midfield up and unders from around halfway that we almost never contested well.”

              Yes, agree.

              TK looked a bit at sea in defence at times, and didn’t get much chance to run with the ball, but he seems to be running into some form. Which is good because there is no stand-out replacement for him in the next two weeks. He shut down a Welsh backline move with a crunching one on one tackle late in the second half, which probably cemented his spot for the next two games.

            • 9:05am
              Hello said | 9:05am | ! Report

              Agree fionn

          • 7:39am
            Ozrugbynut said | 7:39am | ! Report

            The issue with kerevi today was his body height in contact. Way too high on at least three occasions and all were turned over

    • 6:13am
      Kane said | 6:13am | ! Report

      Congrats Wallabies a wins a win. I still think you’ll beat England.

      Another note. Hoopers now the most yellow carded man in test history. Joint equal with three others.

      • 8:58am
        Drongo said | 8:58am | ! Report

        7 cards in 77 test matches. Playing no 7. Sounds about right.

        • 9:00am
          Kane said | 9:00am | ! Report

          Actually worse than any other seven in history. Doesn’t sound all that right?

          • 1:51pm
            rebel said | 1:51pm | ! Report

            True Kane, but you aren’t Drongo.

            • 6:24pm
              Uncle Eric said | 6:24pm | ! Report

              I only read Roar Rugby to be entertained by Drongo’s comments……………..

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 6:09am | ! Report

      Australia have beaten Wales 29 points to 21 in Cardiff this morning as they keep their Spring Tour unbeaten. It was a very entertaining game and plenty to talk about.

      Full match report to follow

    • 6:08am
      BlackWave said | 6:08am | ! Report

      Wales for all their endeavour, were actually pretty poor.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 6:07am | ! Report


      Wales 21 v 29 Australia

      • 6:09am
        Schuey said | 6:09am | ! Report

        Not one wallaby player smiled after the whistle went. Foley, genia, moore, kurtley all look unhappy.
        Love it. Jobs not done.

        • 6:14am
          jutsie said | 6:14am | ! Report

          I think most of the players down played their emotions out of respect for jonathon davies. Poor bloke, such a nasty looking injury in the last minute of the game.

        • Roar Rookie

          tsuru said | 10:09am | ! Report

          I did notice hugs, back slaps, handshakes & high fives about a minute before the whistle (I think as Halfpenny missed his conversion) when it appeared sure they couldn’t lose.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 6:07am | ! Report

      Australia restart – we’ve got time for some more!

      Aussies regain possession as Davies goes down for Wales

      But the Welsh get it back and look to run it from deep…….but they knock it forward and the ref blows for full time!

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 6:05am | ! Report

      Conversion missed

      Halfpenny can’t keep the pressure on the Aussies and the result is now decided

      Wales 21 v 29 Australia

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