Australia overcome Wales to register 21-29 victory

Kurtley Beale scored a try in the second half for Australia
Kurtley Beale scored a try in the second half for Australia
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Wales 21-29 Australia, Principality Stadium
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Australia maintained their winning streak over Wales as they kick-started their November Test campaign with a 21-29 victory at Principality Stadium on Saturday.

An eighth minute penalty from Leigh Halfpenny started the proceedings for Wales but Australia bounced back with a try from Tatafu Polota-Nau in the 12th minute that was converted by Bernard Foley.

Wales once again claimed the lead as Steffan Evans capitalised on brilliance from Gareth Davies to crash over the line but his efforts were negated when Adam Coleman responded with a try of his own. With both Halfpenny and Foley slotting the extras Wallabies maintained their four point lead.

Reece Hodge kicked a long range penalty to extend Australia's lead but Halfpenny booted a three-pointer and the deadlock was finally broken when Michael Hooper touched down at the stroke of half time during which the scores were 13-22 in favour of the visitors.

Even though Halfpenny narrowed down the gap to six points with his third penalty in the 51st minute, Beale produced the breakthrough try for Australia capitalising on a spill from Evans 11 minutes later and a conversion from Foley meant Michael Cheika's side had a lead of 16-29.

Australia suffered a setback in the 67th minute when Hooper was sin-binned but Wales could not quite press on the advantage. A desperate try in the 79th minute by Hallam Amos could not quite prove enough for Warren Gatland's men who went on to lose the encounter by eight points.

 

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