Welsh Teach Australia a Lesson in Continuity Rugby

Alex Guest@AlexGuestContributor INovember 29, 2008

What a superb game!

An awesome start from the Welsh. Three minutes in and Shane Williams scores in the corner, completing a move he started with a break in the midfield.

Trouble starts for Wales, though, when Mark Chisholm collects the ball from a Welsh lineout and runs in a try unopposed.

Then a drop goal from Matt Giteau puts Australia five points ahead.

Still the Welsh attack: phase after phase of quick ball from rucks, cheeky offloads and powerful running that breaks open the defensive line.

The work pays off. First a penalty goal to Stephen Jones. Next, Williams draws the defence in the midfield and offloads to Lee Byrne, whose angle of running cuts through the Australians. Try number two.

The Welsh lead 15-10 at the break but the second half is tighter. Australia come back on re-energised and a penalty goal from Giteau soon draws them within two points.

Wales respond with a superbly struck drop goal from Jones. 18-13 and 12 minutes remain on the clock.

Australia fight hard but the boys in scarlet are having none of it. Another Welsh penalty struck cleanly by Jones seems to put the game out of contention with two minutes to go. 21-13.

It's not over yet, though. Suddenly the Wallabies spark into life. Wave after wave of Australian forward hits bring the visitors close to the try line. But Wales' solid defence forces the error and earns them a get out of jail penalty.

The Aussies keep coming and very soon some clever running and deft handling results in a try for winger Ioane.

80 minutes gone but the ref insists on the restart. Wales kick and Australia do their utmost to keep the ball alive. Finally an error, an Australian not staying on his feet in the ruck.

Now the final whistle blows and, at last, the Welsh have triumphed over Australia.

That was exciting!

Final score: 21-18. Man of the match: Lee Byrne.