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Autumn Nations Series – Wales beat 14-men Wallabies

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It was again a case of poor discipline that cost Australia their last match on tour when they saw Priestland kick a 83rd minute penalty to seal the win for Wales on Saturday 29-28.

A red card in the first half saw Wallaby, Rob Valentini go off for a dangerous high tackle and that was always going to make it so difficult for Australia in Cardiff.

Australia had a dream start to the match which saw Andrew Kelley getting over for the first try of the match but it would be chasing the game after the red card for the Aussies throughout the match.

Biggar closed the gab early on with a penalty after Kurtley Beale was yellow carded for a deliberate knock down before Ryan Elias scored Wales first try of the match to give the home side the lead.

It was a dual between Biggar and O’Conner who carded penalties but Wales still edge the visitors at halftime 16-13. The Wallabies played some great rugby staying in the game even with players in the bin.

There was then a huge controversial decision by the referee and TMO where the Australians and their fans believed that Thompkins deliberate knocked the ball down which led to almost all the Australian players stop playing. After review all officials decided the ball was knocked back and the try was good.

Australian coach Rennie had a go at the referee not just on that decision but at a few decisions during the match which could him see in front of World Rugby explaining himself.

Nic White then got over for the Aussies in what was a brilliant attacking play from the visitors but Biggar kept the home side in front with a penalty. The Aussie retook the lead with a stunning try by Filipo Daugunu and a long range penalty from Beale only to see them loose it in the end with a penalty by Priestland after the 80 minute mark.

That left the Aussie with zero wins in Europe and a lot to think about specially concerning their discipline which was not great on this tour. Beside from the cards they received, they just gave away too many silly penalties and need to sort that out competing against the top sides in the World.

Outscoring the opposition with three tries to two and still lose the game tells you everything about the Aussies discipline really.

Scorers:

Wales: Tries – Elias, Tompkins Conversions – Biggar(2) Penalties – Biggar(4) Priestland

Australia: Tries – Kellaway, White, Daugunu Conversions – O’Connor(2) Penalties – O’Connor(2) Beale

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