Rugby World Cup: Wales destiny hangs within the steadiness after Australia defeat

Jasmine Joyce
Jasmine Joyce began on the wing and completed again
Australia: 13 (10)
Strive: Batibasaga The inconvenients: To screw up Pens: Burn 2
Wales: 7 (7)
Strive: Harries The inconvenients: Snow threshold

Wales’ Rugby World Cup hopes grasp within the steadiness after shedding to Australia of their last group match.

The 2 sides have been battling for automated qualification, with the Wallaroos now becoming a member of hosts New Zealand within the quarter-finals.

Wales have to attend for the end result of the weekend’s different matches to see in the event that they end as one of many prime two groups in third place.

Ioan Cunningham’s aspect are nonetheless boosted by a shedding bonus level.

They completed with 5 factors, with France’s 44-0 complete victory over Fiji excluding considered one of their rivals.

Wales’ competitors in Pool C now comes from South Africa, who play England on Sunday.

If the Springboks win, they’ll attain no less than 5 factors and topple Wales as they’ve a superior level distinction.

In Pool B, Italy, USA and Japan all have an opportunity of ending in third place.

Italy and the US are each inside 5 factors – and each with a greater factors distinction than Wales.

USA have a tricky recreation in opposition to Canada, whereas Italy tackle ineffective Japan, who themselves may progress with a win with a bonus level.

Early intention

As anticipated, there was little or no between Australia and Wales within the first half, with motion backwards and forwards.

Australia took benefit of all the primary possessions, displaying their intention to play an expansive offloading recreation.

They earned a deserved breakthrough inside 5 minutes, with the Welsh protection caught napping as scrum-half Iliseva Batibasaga had far an excessive amount of room and was capable of pressure her method underneath the posts unopposed.

Lori Cramer added the conversion.

Wales appeared nervous, with two uncommon strikes from skilled campaigners Sioned Harries and Elinor Snowsill, and it wasn’t till the tenth minute that they lastly obtained their fingers on a ball.

However Wales struggled to search out fluidity and opted to shed possession relatively than construct momentum. The tally of penalties has additionally elevated.

Welsh followers had one thing to cheer for for 20 minutes, with a driving maul doing good yardage earlier than Jasmine Joyce was launched and nicely linked with fellow winger Lisa Neumann.

Australia have been penalized, giving Wales the chance for a five-yard driving lineout – their important attacking weapon – and after affected person ahead play, Harries crashed as she performed so typically.

Snowsill’s conversion overshot a put up to even the scores.

Australia got here again robust, placing Wales underneath enormous strain as they despatched the ball from flank to flank, however Wales have been capable of fend off the onslaught with wonderful tackles cowl.

Sevens Biel star Terita almost restored Australia’s lead on the stroke of half-time, splitting the defence, however Joyce was as much as her tempo and introduced her down earlier than she noticed the road.

Australia took the lead, nonetheless, with Wales penalized on the scrum to permit Cramer to go excessive.

Hannah Jones
Wales captain Hannah Jones tries to interrupt by means of the Wallaroos protection

The Wallaroos appeared threatening after the break and twice crossed the whitewash, though each efforts have been held again by a decided protection.

Wales weathered the storm, even when their scrum got here underneath monumental strain on their very own five-yard line.

The sport tightened as each side struggled to discover a breakthrough, Joyce stopping the Wallaroos’ most promising assault with an enormous defensive sort out after shifting huge on the again.

The Australian self-discipline – as has been the case for all tournaments – was put within the highlight with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitute lock Kaitlan Leaney was proven a yellow card for a harmful sort out on Alex Callender, who was then changed by group captain Siwan Lillicrap for his fiftieth cap.

However they could not capitalize as Robyn Wilkins missed the contact in what would have been a promising lineout alternative.

Australia continued to probe as Wales’ self-discipline allow them to down, and so they by no means took benefit of the additional participant because the clock turned crimson.

Australia received a late penalty, which Cramer conceded to seal the consequence and second place in Pool A.

Australia head coach Jay Tregonning advised BBC Sport Wales: “We’re actually pleased with the work ethic and the way in which the gamers competed to get the win.

“Their protection was excellent, we thought we had some good probabilities and so they saved their line very stable, so all of the credit score goes to Wales.”

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham mentioned: “There’s a variety of frustration proper now. I feel we let it go if I am being trustworthy.

“We confirmed glimpses that we may have actually threatened, however once we had probabilities our accuracy wasn’t as much as par.

“That single level is large, and we’ll hold that because the weekend unfolds.”

Participant of the Match – Grace Hamilton

Grace Hamilton
Grace Hamilton accomplished 16 win-line carries, making 73 yards

Australia: Lori Cramer; Biel Terita, Georgina Friedrichs, Sharni Williams, Ivania Wong; Arabella McKenzie, Iliseva Batibasaga; Liz Patu, Adiana Talakai, Bridie O’Gorman, Michaela Leonard, Grace Kemp, Emily Chancellor, Shannon Parry (captain), Grace Hamilton

Replacements: Tania Naden, Emily Robinson, Eva Karpani, Kaitlan Leaney, Piper Duck, Layne Morgan, Trilleen Pomare, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale.

Wales: Niamh Terry; Jasmine Joyce, Carys Williams-Morris, Hannah Jones (captain), Lisa Neumann; Elinor Snowsill, Ffion Lewis; Cara Hope, Kelsey Jones, Cerys Hale, Natalia John, Gwen Crabb, Bethan Lewis, Alex Callender, Sioned Harries

Replacements: Carys Phillips, Caryl Thomas, Sisilia Tuipulotu, Georgia Evans, Siwan Lillicrap, Keira Bevan, Robyn Wilkins, Kerin Lake.

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