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Rugby World Cup – Wales first half too good for Australia

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Wales beat Australia on Sunday after a great first half which they were able to hold out the Aussies at the end.

The final score of 29-25 tells the story of how close this game was and some crucial decision will be talked about after it all.

Wales was full value for that first half performance with the Aussies coming back brilliantly in the second half.

Wales started the best possible way getting a turnover from the kickoff with Dan Biggar slotting over a drop goal to gave them the lead after 1 minute.

Australia looked dangerous with ball in hand but another turnover saw Wales getting back in the Aussies half to force a penalty.

Wales kept the pressure on Australia and pinned in their own half. It was again the brilliance of Bigger that send Hadleigh Parkes over from a short cross-kick for the first try of the test match.

This gave Wales a 10-0 lead after 16 minutes.

Wales still were more in control of the game playing in the right side of the field but a penalty gave the Aussies a lineout inside Wales half.

From here Australia kept ball in hand and a cross-kick founded Adam Ashley-Cooper for Australia first points of the match.

With a penalty Australia reduced the lead of Wales to 10-8 but some silly penalties gave Wales the opportunity to extend the lead again to 16-8.

Just before halftime Wales got a huge try in with an intercept by Gareth Davies which extend the lead even further and left Australia with a mountain to clim in the second half.

The Aussies hit back with a brilliant try in the second half after Wales slotted a drop goal. This opened up the game again with Wales leading 26-15 after 50 minutes.

Australia had to work hard for their third try when Hooper got over after multiple phases close to the line. This reduce the lead to only 4 point with 17 minutes to go in the test.

Australia slotted a penalty with Wales answering with one of their own to make it 29-25 and that is the way the score stayed till the end.

Australia had their chances but some desperate defence from Wales was good enough to keep them out.

Scorers:

Australia: Tries – Adam Ashley-Cooper, Dane Haylett-Petty, Michael Hooper Conversions – Matt Toomua(2) Penalties – Bernard Foley, Matt Toomua

Wales: Tries – Hadleigh Parkes, Gareth Davies Conversions – Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell Penalties – Rhys Patchell(3)

What they had to say after the game

 

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  1. Great game!
    Thought Aus was gonna just go to the fetal position after a passion-less 1st half but whaddya know – they didn’t!
    My thinking is it wasn’t an Aus fightback as much as it was epic complacency by a Wales outfit that thought this was done-zo with 40 still to go.

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  2. C’mon Bunny. I can easily pray for something like that, but betting money?
    Nuh-Uh. Aus is too much of a grease fire this go.

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