Wales 12-14 Australia: The Verdict


Wales captain, Sam Warburton: “That’s the worst defeat I’ve ever been involved with. To be in control really for the majority of the second half and in the last play of the game we slip up. It’s really hard to take.”Top stats
Wales made 112 tackles, missing 15, a success rate of 88.2%. Australia made 81 tackles, missing seven, a success rate of 92%.

Australia carried 470 metres with the ball compared to Wales’ 293.
Alex Cuthbert was Wales’ top carrier with 86 metres, followed closely by Leigh Halfpenny with 82 metres. Jamie Roberts was their top tackler with 17.Match highlightsWales: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, Williams; Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Rees (Owens 66), Andrews, Reed, Charteris (R Jones ht), Shingler, Warburton (c), Faletau (Tipuric 66).Pens: Halfpenny 4.Australia: Barnes; Cummins (Ioane 48), Ashley-Cooper, Tapuai (Harris 59), Mitchell; Beale, Phipps; Robinson (Slipper 61), Nau (Moore ht), Alexander (Kepu 67), Douglas (Hooper 52), Sharpe, Higginbotham (Dennis 16), Pocock, Palu. Try: Beale Pens: Beale 3.Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng). Late flourish: Kurtley Beale scores the last-minute try that secured the Wallabies another win against WalesBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorIn a nutshellThis game was the horror movie version of Groundhog Day for Wales, who put in their best performance of a hugely disappointing autumn series only to finish bereft after losing narrowly to Australia for a seventh time in 13 months. The game was no spectacle of running rugby – in truth it was more of a kicking duel – but no one could say the game was meaningless. Australia were playing for their retiring lock colossus Nathan Sharpe and Wales for pride and a place in the second tier of the World Cup draw. Neither side were able to pull away from one another until the fateful 79th minute, when Kurtley Beale broke Welsh hearts with a killer try.Making ground: Jamie RobertsKey moment
Not too difficult to pinpoint. There were just 28 seconds left on the clock, with Wales leading 12-9, when Kurtley Beale was released to scamper over in the corner to render a near 60,000 crowd speechless. Credit must go to the Wallabies, they’d kept plugging away, all too aware of their previous last-minute successes. Nick Phipps fed Berrick Barnes, who put out a cross-field pass to Mike Harris, who in turn outpaced an exhausted Lou Reed. Harris fed Dave Dennis down the touchline and when Dennis flung the ball back to the supporting Beale, it was all over for Wales, again.Star manIf there was one man who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side, it was Leigh Halfpenny. What he lacks in height and bulk, he more than makes up for in courage and derring-do. Rock-solid under the high ball, explosive on the counter-attack and, like all great full-backs, brave without due regard for his body – he was taken to hospital at the end after putting in a brave tackle on Dave Dennis. Halfpenny is also an 80% Test kicker and barring injury, is certain to be facing the Wallabies again in the summer with the Lions.Room for improvement
Wales are now fit enough to go toe-to-toe with the world’s best sides, a quality they haven’t always been able boast, yet over the last 13 months they have continually been unable to close out tight games against southern hemisphere rivals. A solution has to be found to Wales’ loss of composure at crucial times. With Warren Gatland now committed to Lions duty, Rob Howley has a job to rebuild Wales’ shattered psyche as much as their battered bodies.Fitting finale: retiring lock Nathan SharpeIn quotes – winners
Australia head coach Robbie Deans: “It was a great game as all of our encounters with Wales have been this year. Credit to the lads for even being in the game at the end, they have had a huge year and that was a fast and physical game so to be in the game, but to get up to win it was even better NOT FOR FEATURED last_img read more

Earthquake measuring 4.0 magnitude recorded off West coast of Ireland


first_img Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleHijackers drag pensioner from van in Creggan in DerryNext articleForty eight men have been shot in the Northwest in past number of years News Highland Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire News Earthquake measuring 4.0 magnitude recorded off West coast of Ireland Twitter WhatsApp Google+center_img WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 6, 2012 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest An earthquake measuring 4.0 magnitude has struck off the west coast of Ireland.It happened 60 km off the County Mayo coast at around 9 o clock this morning.According to the British Geological Survey, which monitors earthquake activity, it was strong enough to be felt in counties Mayo, Galway and Sligo.The BGS said it had not recorded an earthquake of that magnitude in that area previously.The light tremor was measured at a depth of 15 km.Similar sized earthquakes have been registered across the British Isles, normally every three to four years.Micro tremors were felt in parts of north Donegal in January and March this year near Buncrana. Google+last_img read more

King Faisal to change home venue


first_imgKumasi King Faisal say there is growing motivation to move their home venue from the Baba Yara Stadium due to the never improving financial constraints of the Club.Owner Alhaji Karim Grunsah has proposed to his management team to consider the Anane Boateng Park in Abrankese as the team’s new home venue when the league resumes on March 2.When considered and approved by the GFA and PLB, King Faisal will join Medeama and Mighty Jets who have all changed home venue in this year’s Premier league.Alhaji Karim Grunzah told Joy Sports King Faisal must move on after fifteen years of playing in Kumasi.He said the club had been playing in Kumasi all those years and was not making any money as people were not attending the matches.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more