Elias (23), Tompkins (48)
Biggar (5,16,38,65), Priestland (80)
Kellaway (2), White (60), Daugunu (69)
O’Connor (19.26), Beale (77)
Wales vs AustraliaInternational
5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 20th
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Wales celebrated their third straight win against Australia when they ended their Autumn Nations Series campaign with a dramatic 29:28 win over the 14-man Wallabies.
The substitute penalty for Rhys Priestland with the The last kick of a hectic game thwarted Australia and drove 68,000 spectators crazy at the Principality Stadium.
Australia’s No. 8 Rob Valetini was sent off after just 15 minutes for a dangerous tackle against Wales Lock Adam Beard.
As a result, Beard played no further role in the game but Wales were pushed to the top, outperforming 3-2 on tries with a robust Wallabies team.
Hooker Ryan Elias and center Nick Tompkins scored attempts for Wales but it was Dan Biggar’s shot on goal, which made the difference by collecting 16 points from four penalties and two conversions, until Priestland hit.
Australia, after losing to Scotland and Eng desperate to win, Wales, despite the numerical disadvantage, let Wales fight every inch of the way as wings Andrew Kellaway and Filipo Daugunu touched down, with the scrum half also scoring Nic White.
James O’Connor scored two penalties and two conversions, but his attempt to convert Daugunu’s late goal hit the post and Wales could breathe a sigh of relief despite Kurtley Beal’s 78th-minute penalty Josh Adams, prop master Tomas Francis and # 8 Aaron Wainwright recovered from injuries.
But the Wallabies had to do without captain Michael Hooper 118 times due to a foot injury, so prop James Slipper led the team.Australia had a dream start and took the lead after just three minutes when they scored a try after their first attack.
Strong support Taniela Tupou stormed in d en space and put Wales on back foot before a cleverly placed kick from center Hunter Paisami’s wing allowed Kellaway to close an easy and convert O’Connor.
Biggar opened Wales’ account with a five-minute penalty, but Tupou continued to make an impact by having an instant dominant influence on the scrum.
His head-to-head high challenge defeated Beard, who walked away, and referee Mike Adamson had no choice but to get a red card draw.
Ben Carter went on for Beard, and Australia remained with 14 men to play for over an hour, despite the Wallabies leading 10-6 after Biggar and O’Connor exchanged penalties.
It was the sixth time in 12 Tests this year Wales had sent a player off.
Australia’s troubles continued when Beale received a yellow card for an intentional hit, giving Wales a temporary two-man advantage.
And they immediately punished Australia when the Scrum half Tomos Williams broke a lineout and sent Elias on a try, which Biggar converted.
O’Connor equalized Australia with his second penalty but Wales saved gained the upper hand as halftime approached and Biggar completed a penalty hat-trick that led to 16:13 at break.
Wales extended their lead eight minutes into the second half when Tompkins interrupted an Australian as the ball ricocheted off him, and he gathered possession of the ball to sprint away unhindered. The attempt survived a TMO review, although replays appeared to show a knock-on.
Biggar stepped up, but Wales was then forced to move when Louis Rees-Zammit’s wing limped off and was replaced by Johnny McNicholl .
Australia continued to push the game but Wales appeared to hold all aces in the middle of the third quarter despite substitute Gareth Thomas sinful for a reckless challenge.
It was poor discipline from the Ospreys striker and offered Australia a glimmer of hope at a time in the game when Wales should have tried to hit the accelerator.
And the Wallabies struck the hour when White finished a sweeping move, and O’Connor’s conversion narrowed the gap to only three points.
Biggar, however, restored some degree of order with a 64th-minute penalty and Wales led 26:20 before late drama unfolded, Australia f led briefly, then Priestland took the glory.
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