Australia 20 Wales 19

First published in National Rugby

THERE was yet more heartbreak for Wales after they came so close to breaking their southern hemisphere duck only to be undone by poor discipline.

A penalty with five minutes left by Australia outside-half Berrick Barnes proved to be the difference in Sydney after Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny’s effort made it 19-17.

Number eight Ryan Jones’ converted try with just over quarter of an hour to go gave Wales the lead for the first time.

But they allowed the Wallabies back into the game almost immediately when Australia centre Rob Horne was allowed to score his unconverted try all to easily.

Australia scorers: Try – Rob Horne, Penalties – B Barnes (5)

Wales scorers: Try – Ryan Jones, Conversion – Leigh Halfpenny, Penalties – L Halfpenny (4)

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Argus star man: David Pocock

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12:46pm Sat 23 Jun 12

CM1 says...

3-0, a massive failure for the WRU. The WRU's performance has to be judged on results. We are not in the same tier as the southern hemisphere teams.
3-0, a massive failure for the WRU. The WRU's performance has to be judged on results. We are not in the same tier as the southern hemisphere teams. CM1
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2:30pm Sat 23 Jun 12

mike7246 says...

I agree with you
I agree with you mike7246
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5:25pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Keith Barnett says...

And losing to the Aussie 2nd team
And losing to the Aussie 2nd team Keith Barnett
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12:09pm Sun 24 Jun 12

Euwan Usami says...

I am not so negative about the results. The standard is higher in the southern hemisphere. The game is also more physical. This is not news. You have to play these sides, at this level, in order to improve. The last two tests Wales were so close that I honestly believe the refs interpretation of the rules made the difference. Australia were missing a few players sure but so were Wales. currently we have the best side for 30 years in Wales. They have 3 or 4 years left to mature yet and I really don't think you have seen the best of them yet. Appreciate what we have guys, its been a long time comming.
I am not so negative about the results. The standard is higher in the southern hemisphere. The game is also more physical. This is not news. You have to play these sides, at this level, in order to improve. The last two tests Wales were so close that I honestly believe the refs interpretation of the rules made the difference. Australia were missing a few players sure but so were Wales. currently we have the best side for 30 years in Wales. They have 3 or 4 years left to mature yet and I really don't think you have seen the best of them yet. Appreciate what we have guys, its been a long time comming. Euwan Usami
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9:58pm Sun 24 Jun 12

CM1 says...

Indeed, the standard is higher in the southern hemisphere; isn't that the point? We have been playing these sides for 100 years and the WRU has ruined the game for many fans in a desperate attempt to catch up but still no joy.
Indeed, the standard is higher in the southern hemisphere; isn't that the point? We have been playing these sides for 100 years and the WRU has ruined the game for many fans in a desperate attempt to catch up but still no joy. CM1
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