Australia v Wales

Wales hold on for victory over the Wallabies

The Wallabies took on Wales at Tokyo Stadium.

Wales held on after a fierce fight back in the second half by the Wallabies to win 29-25.

Australia had a poor first half where Wales dominated the match. They scored within the first minute with a drop goal by Dan Biggar. Hadleigh Parkes then scored in the 13th minute with Biggar converting.

Australia’s captain, Michael Cooper, avoided getting a yellow card for a shoulder hit on Biggar. Samu Kerevi looked good whenever he had the ball. Bernard Foley kicked and Adam Ashley-Cooper took the ball for a try. Foley missed the conversion.

Kerevi was given a talking to by the referee after he led with a high arm into a tackle by Rhys Patchell.

Just before half time Gareth Davies of Wales intercepted Will Genia’s pass to charge over for a try. Wales went to the break leading 23-8.

Wales scored a drop goal at the start of the second half. Foley was then replaced with Matt Toomua which seemed to give Australia a boost. Dane Haylett-Petty scored for the Wallabies with Toomua converting. Next it was Hopper pushing over the line for a try. Toomua again converted to bring Australia within 4 points of Wales.

Toomua then kicked a penalty to bring Australia within one point. The Wallabies had scored 17 unanswered point in 23 minutes.

Wales scored the last points of the match with Patchell kicking a penalty.

It was an important win for Wales putting them in a strong position to win their pool and potentially avoid meeting England and New Zealand before the final.

Australia redeemed themselves with an impressive second half but half a game is not enough to win.

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