The Wallabies have extended their unbeaten streak to seven Tests courtesy of a hard-fought 29-21 victory over Wales in Cardiff, an ideal start to the green-and-golds’ Spring Tour.
Australia scored four tries to two, building a 22-13 halftime lead after Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman and Michael Hooper dotted down.
The hosts clawed back to within six points via Leigh Halfpenny’s third penalty goal in the 52nd minute, but Kurtley Beale’s remarkable solo try nine minutes later gave the Wallabies crucial breathing space.
A last-minute try to Hallam Amos trimmed the final margin, but Australia were deserving victors, with Beale, who filled in at fullback for Israel Folau, Polota-Nau and Will Genia among their best.
The win was the Wallabies’ 13th straight against Wales.
Australia face England at Twickenham next weekend before finishing their international schedule for 2017 with a clash against Scotland.
In other international results, England subdued Argentina 21-8 in a dour affair in London, Ireland scored four tries in crushing South Africa 38-3 in Dublin, and Waisake Naholo bagged two of the All Blacks’ five tries in a 38-18 win over France in Paris.