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Wales wins 9-6 to end 13-match losing run against Australia

Wales wins 9-6 to end 13-match losing run against Australia

When Wales were sunk 29-21 by Australia last November, winger Josh Adams was just another Welsh fan left with his head in his hands at the Principality Stadium.

Warren Gatland revelled in the delicious irony of Wales grabbing victory over Australia with a late score after suffering heartbreak on numerous occasions in a awful run of losses against the southern hemisphere team.

But Halfpenny, the third-highest scorer in Welsh worldwide rugby history behind Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones with more than 700 points, managed two successful strikes off the tee before Biggar came up trumps.

Australia missed opportunities for easy penalty kicks in front of goal but the decider in the game was a late line-out overturned converted into a penalty goal to secure victory for the home side.

"I thought "oh no, déjà vu, we're going to lose in the last minute", but in fairness to the boys they dug deep".

"We have more strength now and I think the players who take the field will give a great account of themselves".

"His performance was outstanding".

But fly-half Bernard Foley was twice ordered to kick for touch in place of going for the posts early in the second half, with the game delicately poised at 3-3. If he had missed kicks like that in the past, his game might have gone to pieces, but world-class players don't let that happen.

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As for the Kerevi challenge, Gatland said: "I thought the tackle on Leigh was reckless". He could have turned his back or put an arm out to soften the blow. We will make sure he is right.

"The hard thing for Leigh is that he has now got to go through the return to play protocols".

"No. It is a tough job out there for a referee. We probably wouldn't have won today had it been first up", he said.

"If I had my time again I'd have gone for the shot, yes", said Hooper after his first loss to the Welsh in 10 appearances, a run that coincided with Wales' 13-match losing streak over 10 years to Australia.

"We feel we're in a really good place as a group", he said. They kicked a fair bit and made a couple of good decisions and we didn't execute a couple of key moments and released a pressure valve on the opposition.

This was the fewest points Australia have scored against Wales since 1975 and the six points they chalked up is their equal lowest number since August 2012 against any team.

The pressure will continue mount on Wallabies coach Michael Cheika with Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle last week saying Australia could "win all three games" which was "the pass mark from their perspective".