WALES RECORDED A controversial 29:28 win over Australia tonight in Cardiff, with Rhys Priestland scoring a late penalty for the win.
They rode their luck. With a numerical advantage after Rob Valetini was sent off in the 14th minute, they also benefited from a controversial attempt by Nick Tompkins after referee Mike Adamson ruled that his falling muzzle had ricocheted back.
At that point it was Wales 13 points ahead of Australia. In the final quarter, Nic White and Felipo Daugunu scored attempts. Kurtley Beale then imposed a 78th-minute penalty to improve Australia by two points.
Ref Adamson took center stage.
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But a break from Gareth Davies brought Wales to Australian territory, which eventually resulted in a penalty after 10 attack spells. Priestland scored it and Wales had the win.
Australia’s number eight 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, beating 3-2 on tries with a tough Wallabies team.
Hooker Ryan Elias and center Tompkins scored attempts for Wales but it was Dan Biggar’s shot on goal that made the difference racking up 16 points from four penalties and two conversions until Priestland scored.
Desperate for victory after losing to Scotland and England, Australia, despite the numerical disadvantage, let Wales fight every inch of the way as the wings, despite the numerical disadvantage Andrew Kellaway and Daugunu sat down, with White also hitting the scrum half.
James O’Connor scored two penalties and two conversions, but his attempt to convert from Daugunu’s late goal it hit the post and Wales could breathe a sigh of relief despite Kurtley Beal’s 78th-minute penalty.
Welsh center Uilisi Halaholo was there for the first start of the fall season, while wing Josh Adams, property master Tomas Francis and number eight Aaron Wainwright took off recovered from injuries.
But the Wallabies had to forego the 118-time captain Michael Hooper 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.
Mighty prop Taniela Tupou stormed into space, putting Wales on its back foot before center hunter Paisami’s wing’s cleverly placed kick allowed Kellaway an easy finish and O ‘ Connor converted.
Biggar opened Wales’ account with a five-minute penalty, but Tupou continued to make his mark with an instant dominant one flow had to the scrum.
His head-to-head high challenge defeated Beard, who walked away, and Referee Mike Adamson had no choice but to draw a red card.
Ben Carter went for Beard went on, and Australia had 14 men left 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 that year, that Wales had sent a player off.
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Australia’s troubles continued when Beale received a yellow card for a deliberate hit, giving Wales a temporary two-man advantage.
And they punished Australia immediately when Scrum half Tomos Williams out one Lineout broke and Elias sent for a try, which Biggar converted.
O’Connor leveled Australia with his second penalty, but Wales got the upper hand as halftime approached and Biggar completed a penalty hat-trick that resulted in The break led to 16:13.
Wales extended their lead eight minutes in the second half when Tompkins interrupted an Australian as the ball ricocheted off him and he gathered possession to sprint away unhindered.
Biggar moved on, but Wales were then forced to move when Louis Rees-Zammit limped wing and was replaced by Johnny McNicholl.
Australia kept pushing the game but Wales looked middle holding all aces 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 lively move and O’Connor’s conversion reduced the gap to just three points.
Biggar, however, put a penalty in the 64 A certain amount of order was restored and Wales led 26:20 before late drama unfolded, Australia led briefly, then Priestland took the glory.
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