Wallabies overpower Wales
13 November, 2017, 12:00 am
CARDIFF – The Wallabies secured a 29-21 victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium, outscoring their opponents by four tries to two.
Tries from Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman, Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale proved too much for Wales who scored through Steff Evans and Hallam Amos late on.
Leigh Halfpenny gave Wales an eighth-minute lead as his penalty sailed through the posts.
The Wallabies took the lead with Polota-Nau going over at the back of a lineout driving maul. Bernard Foley added the extras to make it 7-3 after 13 minutes.
Soon after, Wales retook the lead after good work by Gareth Davies initially to make the break down the right wing. The ball was recycled to the left where Evans produced a clinical finish. Halfpenny was, as usual, accurate from the tee and gave the hosts a 10-7 lead.
But the Wallabies hit back immediately with Coleman going over after Foley’s grubber bamboozled the Welsh defence. Marika Koroibete was halted inches from the line and Will Genia’s flat, spin-pass was gobbled up by Coleman. Foley converted as Australia led 14-10 after 23 minutes.
Reece Hodge extended the Wallabies lead with a long-range penalty after Josh Navidi was penalised for holding on after good work by Sean McMahon at the breakdown to get his body over the ball and secure the turnover penalty.
A Halfpenny penalty reduced the deficit to four after 37 minutes but there was still time before the interval for the Wallabies to score another try and it was skipper Hooper who showed good pace to fend off Davies and dot down as the Wallabies took a 22-13 lead into the interval.
Against the run of play, Beale extended the visitors’ lead when he pounced on Evans’ spill to race through all the way to the line. Foley converted to make it 29-16 after 64 minutes.
The Wallabies had still done too much and ran out 29-21 winners.