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  • "the Aussies were by far the better team in 60 out of 80 mins ... but what the hell was Sam thinking in the final 6 mins ...

    One in the bin ... a kick in front of the posts to make it 29-30 with 5 mins to go! ... one man advantage put the aussies under pressure!

    No what do we go for? .... a12 man lineout! a lineout when they have struggled to win normal lineouts throughout the game!!

    They completely messed that up (not surprisingly) ... then Liam Williams with 2 mins to go boots the ball straight down the Aussies throats (under no immediate pressure) giving the ball back to them so they could stick it up they're jumpers (which they duly did) and run the game out! ... what the hell were they thinking!

    We had the extra man advantage ... play to our strengths FFS! run them ragged when we did throw it about we scored ... its not rocket science!

    Didn't they watch NZ last weekend against the Irish when from the 79th minute they were behind when they NZ showed composure and an unbelievable faith in their own skill/ability to run the ball through god knows how many phases to score the winning try deep (3mins) after the 80 to secure victory!

    I hate to say it but with the mindset we have in the Northern Hemisphere we will continue to struggle against the big 3 for many many years to come!

    It will be down to the southern hemisphere teams to implode before the northern hemisphere teams become the major force in world rugby!"
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Wales 26 Australia 30

Campaign Series: THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: Wales' players fail again to claim Australia's scalp as Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates another victory THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: Wales' players fail again to claim Australia's scalp as Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates another victory

WALES fell short yet again after a pulsating Test match at the Millennium Stadium this evening saw Australia deservedly hold on to win after nearly letting slip a 30-16 lead with 20 minutes to go.

The Wallabies were by far the sharper behind and outscored the hosts by three tries to two.

It Wales’ ninth successive defeat to Aussies, again by a narrow margin for at least four of those losses.

Australia’s majestic outside-half Quade Cooper was the star man, closely followed by their superb full-back Israel Folau who caused chaos in the home defence.

Wales giant wing George North two tries, including a stunning try after just 69 seconds, kicking the ball up the touchline, Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper making a complete hash of the clearance before the Northampton made touched down to give them a dream start.

A fine Leigh Halfpenny conversion and a penalty put Wales 10-0 up without having done much to deserve it before the Australians hit back with a Christian Leali’ifano penalty before it was cancelled out by another Wales strike.

A beautiful converted try scored by centre Leali’ifano after a wonderful pass by Cooper brought the score back to 13-10.

Wales went further ahead when Dan Biggar assumed the kicking duties, just slotting over a penalty.

The Aussies started to get on top and could have scored a hatful of tries, Biggar yellow carded at a ruck after Folau was brought down inches short.

The Wallabies made 14-man Wales pay with a converted try, Folau going over after a poor attempted tackle by scrum-half Mike Phillips.

The half ended with the visitors deservedly 17-16 ahead.

And it was they who took advantage of Biggar’s absence with a further penalty before wing Joe Tomane scored a contentious try, with a hint of a forward pass.

Leali’ifano’s lovely conversion and a later penalty put them 30-16 in the lead and they were cruising.

They then proceeded to take their foot off the gas for some reason. They had Wales on the canvas but let them up again.

Cue a frantic last quarter, North scoring his second try before a Rhys Priestland penalty reduced the arrears to just four points.

Wales seriously threatened to steal the game from the most unlikeliest of situations only to fail gloriously again. But it is still failure.

North was unlucky not to get his hat trick but former Monmouth School head boy Wayne Barnes ruled the ball had gone forward.

But Cooper was yellow carded for an early tackle on Scott Williams.

Wales decided to go for a try rather than take a shot at goal with six minutes to go.

They went for the 14-man lineout but the gamble failed, lock Alun Wyn Jones adjudged to have knocked the ball on this time, England official Barnes getting it wrong again.

It was as good as it got for Wales because Australia showed them how to run the clock down and emerge as worthy winners.

“Jesus, they blew it again”, said former British and Irish Lions and England legend Jeremy Guscott as he entered the media room after the game.

Sums it up really.

Wales scorers: Tries – George North (2), Conversions – Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Biggar, Penalties – L Halfpenny (2), Dan Biggar, Rhys Priestland

Australia scorers: Tries – Christian Leali’ifano, Israel Folau, Joe Tomane, Conversions – C Leali’ifano (3), Penalties – C Leali’ifano (3)

Argus star man: Quade Cooper

Attendance: 67,436

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