Australia suffered a resounding 24 - 0 defeat by Wales in their international rugby union match at Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday (Nov. 10).
Australia suffered a resounding 24 - 0 defeat by Wales in their international rugby union match at Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday (Nov. 10). For Wales, it was their first victory on their home ground against an international side for 16 years.
In a fast-moving match under almost perfect conditions, Australia failed to equal the Welsh in speed or tactics, although their tight defence kept the number of tries down to three.
Most of Wales' points came from penalties, with goal kicker P. Bennett successfully kicking four in the first half, to give Wales a 12 - 0 lead. In the second half, Wales added three tries as the Australian defence began to weaken. None were converted.
Points scores were -- P. Bennett, four penalties; D. Morris, G. Davies and R. Windsor one try each.
SYNOPSIS: In an overwhelming display of strength, Wales soundly defeated the touring Australian international rugby team by twenty-four points to nil at Cardiff on Saturday.
A large crowd watched the home team beat the Australians in skills and tactics, for their first win at Cardiff against an international side for sixteen years.
Wales rarely relaxed throughout the game, often attacking strongly from their own goal line and forcing the Australian back down-field.
The Australia' major mistake was incurring a series of seven penalties in the first half. The Welsh kicker, Phil Bennett had little trouble in putting six of them between the posts.
In the second half, as the Australian defence sagged, Wales began to pressure the tourists with fast hard running until Morris scored close to the left corner.
But despite his superb kicking earlier in the game, Bennett's attempt at goal failed when the ball hit the right-hand upright.
Under continual pressure, the Australians were unable to cope with the have Welsh forwards and the fast-running backs.
Mid-way through the second half Wales scored again when full-back John Williams came into the back line to make an overlap. Despite the loss of one player, Wales continued to press the Australians and were rewarded with a brilliant try by Bobby Windsor in injury time.