After a decade of waiting Wales beat Australia 9-6 with a late Dan Bigger penalty at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. It wasn’t the most exciting match but the wait is finally over.
Australia’s Ned Hanigan was penalised at the breakdown when Dan Bigger stood up to secure his side’s fist win against the Wallabies in ten years.
The match only got going in the second half, with the first not offering much. But the win now means that Wales have won seven games in a row – something they haven’t done in 13 years.
After the match Wales captain, Alun-Wyn Jones credited his side’s efforts in a long-awaited win.
“We won by a fine margin today. I’m proud of the boys, we’ve had to be gracious in defeat for a long time and we will make sure we are gracious in success.”
In a bizarre and manic first quarter, Wales opened the scoring through Halfpenny who made amends from his earlier miss at the posts with a successful kick after the home side demolished the Australian scrum. Australia’s lineouts haven’t been at their best recently and this showed in their decision to take a scrum wherever possible.
Australia levelled the scores through Foley following an offside offence and from Dan Lydiate and slotted the kick from 40 meters out.
Wales had the opportunity to take the lead before half time, but in a very bizarre kicking performance from full-back Leigh Halfpenny, he missed a relatively easy kick in front of the posts, and as the teams went down the tunnel it was still 3 all.
The second half got a lot more interesting as Halfpenny lined up a penalty kick from the same place as the one he missed, this time for Australia being offside. Halfpenny doesn’t miss more than twice as he slotted the kick to put Wales ahead by three.
A controversial hit on Halfpenny and then a penalty for Australia heard boos echo around the Principality as Matt To’omua levelled the score with just under ten minutes to play.
But, it was the calm and steady boot of former Osprey’s fly half Dan Bigger who kicked the winning penalty for Wales as Ned Hanigan wasn’t rolling way.
Dan Bigger, now possibly a national hero, as Wales beat Australia for the first time in ten years.Embed from Getty Images