Australia proved too good for Wales today in the first of the quarter-finals. The Welsh team battled bravely throughout but could not produce the performance that would have sent the packed Millennium Stadium into hysterics. They were beaten by a very solid Australian performance cpped by two tries from dynamite scrum-half George Gregan.

The first of those came when the game was only five minutes old after Gregan’s opposite number Welsh captain, Rob Howley failed to find touch from a scrum in his own 25.

Gregan found left wing Joe Roff who swept past lock Chris Wyatt before passing back inside to Gregan who scored from a couple of yards out. Full-back Matthew Burke added the conversion and it looked ominous for Wales. His second just at the death was controversial as the ball was definitely knocked on in the run up, and it gave an unfair look to the scoreline.

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