IT WAS the same old story for Wales against the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon after Kurtley Beale’s last-minute try stole the spoils for Australia.
Wales were leading 12-9 as the clock wound down but the Aussies struck late to condemn Warren Gatland’s men to an autumn whitewash.
It seemed that their defence had won them the day only for Beale to make them pay when he finished off a stunning move that started in their own territory... seconds after Wales had snuffed out another late charge only to fail to make touch with their clearance.
It was a cruel end to a scrappy Test match.
It was 9-6 to the Wallabies at half-time with fly-half Kurtley Beale striking three penalties to two by full-back Leigh Halfpenny.
Wales edged in front entering the final quarter thanks to two more Halfpenny efforts and they held onto that lead when replacement fly-half Mike Harris – who had stole the spoils in the second Test in Australia with the last kick – missed from the tee.
But the hosts were unable to close the game out, suffering a seventh Test defeat on the spin and their eighth to Australia.
Wales scorers: penalties - L Halfpenny (4)
Australia scorers: try - K Beale; penalties - K Beale (3)