Wales down Brumbies
12 Jun 2012
Wales beat a resilient Brumbies outfit 25-15 in Canberra.
Three first half tries from the tourists, who were fielding a significantly weakened side from the one that lost to the Wallabies at the weekend, set them up for the victory on a bitterly cold night in the capital.
A Zack Holmes penalty opened the scoring for the hosts, but Wales crossed the chalk in the 18th minute through James Hook after a sustained period of pressure. The Brumbies responded well but could not capitalise on the possession and territorial dominance they enjoyed.
Wales then extended their lead against the run of play, Justin Tipuric finishing off a slick move. The Brumbies again bossed the ball but Wales countered once more, crucially scoring on the 40 minute mark for a 19-6 half-time lead.
But the Brumbies refused to relent and drew within four points through penalties by Holmes. However, Wales’ superior experience told when they shifted gears and drove into Brumbies’ territory. There they forced two infringements in the closing stages which Hook banked to seal the result.