Gareth Davies stars in stunning Welsh World Cup victory over Wallabies

29 Sep 2019
Gareth Davies stars in stunning Welsh World Cup victory over Wallabies
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Wales celebrated a momentous 29-25 World Cup victory over Australia in Tokyo, with Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Davies scoring tries and Scarlets team-mate Rhys Patchell coming off the bench to land crucial kicks.

It was a stunning triumph by Warren Gatland’s side and makes them favourites to top Pool D and secure progress to the tournament quarter-finals.

Wales had heroes across the pitch.

Man of the match Davies had an outstanding game, producing one of his trademark interceptions for Wales’ second try.

Parkes was strong in midfield, while Ken Owens was an inspirational presence up front.

Wales enjoyed a perfect start with a counter-ruck from Scarlets skipper Owens leading to a drop-goal from fly-half Dan Biggar with just 36 seconds on the clock

It got better quickly when Parkes leaped to gather a Biggar cross-field kick, a corner try converted by the Northampton fly-half.

Stung by Wales’ opening foray, the Wallabies responded with a well-worked score by veteran wing Adam Ashley-Cooper, converted by Bernard Foley.

With Biggar having taken a knock to the head making a try-saving tackle, his replacement Patchell stepped up to land two penalties before Davies lit up the stadium by snaffling a pass 70 metres out and racing to the line unopposed.

Patchell’s conversion sent Welsh fans into dreamland at 23-8 at half-time and it got better when the fly-half calmly slotted a drop-goal a couple of minutes into the second half.

However, Wales are well aware of the Wallabies’ threat and the men in gold found a new gear, putting Wales under a huge amount of pressure.

Dane Haylett-Petty was put over after a slick attack, then skipper Michael Hooper added another from close range on 62 minutes.

That set up a tense finale.

Patchell coolly slotted another penalty to give Wales a four-point advantage and as the Aussies sensed a late snatch and grab, Liam Williams claimed a crucial turnover to help Wales seal the points and a famous win.

Wales - tries: H. Parkes, G. Davies. Cons: D. Biggar, R. Patchell. D-gs: Biggar, Patchell. Pens: Patchell (3).

Australia - tries: A. Ashley-Cooper, D. Haylet-Petty, M. Hooper. Cons: M. To’omua (2). Pens: B. Foley, To’omua.