Wales vs Wallabies: Five things we learned

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by Beth Newman

What are we talking about after the Wallabies win over Wales? 

1. More please, Wallabies

Australia looked the best it has in some time against Wales in the opening half. Slick attacking play, a commitment to running the ball and cleaning up errors. No, Wales are not the All Blacks, but the Wallabies certainly clicked better than they have for much of 2016. Australia made some errors in attack when they chanced their arm just a little too far but they weren’t punished by the home side

2. Foley flying in Cardiff

Bernard Foley got a try to his name in the 56th minute, but his influence had already been well and truly stamped on the match before then. He finished with 12 points but had a hand in Reece Hodge’s slick try in the opening half and was a threat constantly in attack. Looks comfortable back at 10, steering the play.


3. Forwards step up

 

Stephen Moore has been on a rollercoaster this season but he has returned to some of his better form in the past two Tests. The skipper had a try for his efforts in the 11th minute of the match and the Wallabies forwards in general looked good. The rest of the forward pack were solid as well, with rookie locks Adam Coleman and Rory Arnold playing their part throughout.

4. Back on the Kuridrani train

 He was handed an opportunity through injury but outside centre Tevita Kuridrani admitted pre-game that he had a point to prove after being ousted from the starting side. He did that in the opening handful of minutes, with a linebreak deep in Australia’s attacking territory. A 35th minute try seemed inevitable as the strong-bodied centre reminded everyone of the weaponry he possesses.

5. Defence hitting the mark

Against the All Blacks in Sydney, Dane Haylett-Petty was singled out for his poor defence. On Saturday in Cardiff, some successful chases showed just how far he has come since that night. A 69th minute try-saving tackle on Alex Cuthbert was pivotal for the Wallabies and the winger. Nick Frisby pulled one off as well, stopping Hallam Amos in the corner with six minutes to go. The Wallabies’ defence stood up against Wales, with 94 tackles made and just 12 missed - a far cry from the 40-odd they slipped off in Sydney three months ago.

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