Wales’s Commanding Victory
Wales made history on Sunday, September 24, 2023, as they became the first team to secure a spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
They achieved this feat with an impressive 40-6 victory over Australia, leaving Australia’s knockout stage hopes in tatters.
In a game that showcased the skill and determination of the Welsh team, fly-half Gareth Anscombe emerged as a hero.
He stepped in early for the injured Dan Biggar and scored a remarkable 23 points with his precise kicking in Lyon.
Aside from Anscombe’s kicking prowess, scrum-half Gareth Davies, center Nick Tompkins, and captain Jac Morgan contributed tries to solidify Wales’s position at the top of Pool C.
Captain Jac Morgan expressed his pride in the team’s performance, highlighting their discipline and preparation as key factors in their success.
He praised the unity and commitment of the team.
Pressure Mounts on Eddie Jones
Meanwhile, this crushing defeat heaps further pressure on Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones. It marks the seventh loss in eight Tests since he took over the reins, making his second tenure as coach less than stellar.
Australia’s Struggles Continue
Australia’s woes extend beyond this match, with 19 losses in their last 25 international Tests, including an unprecedented defeat to Italy.
They entered this game knowing that a loss would spell the end of their Rugby World Cup journey after a shocking defeat to Fiji.
Record Victory for Wales
Adding to Australia’s misery, Wales achieved a record victory over them, surpassing their previous 28-3 win in 1975.
Changes in Australia’s Lineup
Eddie Jones made changes to the Wallabies’ lineup, notably leaving out fly-half Carter Gordon.
However, the replacement, Ben Donaldson, couldn’t turn the tide in Australia’s favor.
Dream Start for Wales
Wales got off to a dream start with a well-executed lineout move that led to a try, setting the tone for their dominant performance.
Wales’s ferocious defense proved to be a highlight, denying Australia’s attempts to bounce back.
Wales suffered a setback with Dan Biggar leaving the field due to injury early in the match.
Despite this setback, Gareth Anscombe stepped up as a capable replacement, making significant contributions to Wales’s score.
Wales maintained control of the game, adding more points through penalties and conversions.
Australia’s Struggles Persist
Australia’s struggles continued as they couldn’t find a way to breach Wales’s defense and get back on the scoreboard.
Wales’s Forward Dominance
Wales’s forward pack dominated the scrums, further solidifying their lead.
Nick Tompkins added to the score with a try, showcasing Wales’s attacking prowess.
Jones’s Tactical Changes
Eddie Jones made tactical changes, including introducing fly-half Carter Gordon, but they couldn’t reverse the course of the match.
Gareth Anscombe’s outstanding performance was capped off with a drop goal, sealing a memorable victory for Wales.
Morgan’s Final Say
Captain Jac Morgan had the last say with a try off a driving maul, putting the finishing touches on an impressive victory for Wales.