Wales suffer old woes against wiles of Australia’s Bernard Foley

• Wales 21-29 Australia
• 13th consecutive such loss for Wales, whose pressure had a sense of futility

Such a familiar tale, particularly in a Welsh autumn. New combinations, plenty of promise, and, as usual, defeat to Australia. This was a 13th consecutive such loss and, despite a surfeit of possession and more than enough evidence of the wit to use it, runs like that cannot be put down to hard luck, however much it might have felt that Wales were – are – better than this. Points are all that matters in sport, and if a team don’t score enough of them they don’t win.

Australia spent much of the match on the back foot, particularly in the second half, but they scored four tries to Wales’s one. Both sides saw this as a chance to experiment, each fielding a new style midfield, Wales shifting away from their traditional power in that department, while Australia went the other way. Neither side will be disappointed with the result (of the experiments, if not on the scoreboard), but it was Australia’s ball players, still there, if in new positions, who prevailed – Will Genia, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale pulling Wales apart at those clutch moments.

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