Woeful Wales flop again

The Wallabies beat Wales 30-26 in Cardiff to add to the misery of coach Warren Gatland against the Southern Hemisphere big three. Gatland, as coach of Wales has won one in 24.

Wales led 16-10 after 38 minutes, but conceded 20 unanswered points in as many minutes and then couldn’t make a one man advantage count in the last 10 minutes.

Wales simply are not good enough. In the professional era they have never been good enough.

Gatland will always have a British and Irish Lions Series win against Australia to savour but the reality is that as the Welsh coach his team has never delivered against Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

A year ago New Zealand lead 30-0 before counting down the clock 30-10. South Africa also comfortably dealt with Wales. Now Australia have added to the misery.

It was Australia’s ninth successive win against Wales and the visitors ended their European tour with four wins in five. They lost to England in the tour opener but hammered Italy and Ireland and beat Scotland and Wales by six and four points respectively.

Wales – Tries: George North (2). Conversions: Leigh Halfpenny (2). Penalties: Halfpenny (2), Dan Biggar, Rhys Priestland.
Wallabies – Tries: Christian Leali’ifano, Israel Folau, Joe Tomane. Conversions: Leali’ifano (3). Penalties: Leali’ifano (3).

Wales – 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Scott Williams, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (capt), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Subs: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Liam Williams.

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Dave Dennis, 21 Nic White, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Bernard Foley.