Wallabies humiliated by Wales, hopes of winning World Cup in tatters

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Wales' Nick Tompkins celebrates aft  scoring a effort   against the Wallabies connected  Monday greeting  (NZT).

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Wales' Nick Tompkins celebrates aft scoring a effort against the Wallabies connected Monday greeting (NZT).

At OL Stadium, Lyon: Wales 40 (Gareth Davies, Nick Thompkins, Jac Morgan tries; Dan Biggar con, Gareth Anscombe 2 con, 6 pen, driblet goal) Australia 6 (Ben Donaldson 2 pen). HT: 16-6

The boos that greeted Eddie Jones erstwhile his look appeared connected the large surface successful Lyon wasn't a large motion for the Wallabies up of their must-win World Cup lucifer against Wales connected Monday greeting (NZT).

Things were to get overmuch worse for Jones and his men.

The show of Wallabies fans walking retired of the crushed earlier fulltime was damning, a reflection of their disgust arsenic their squad suffered their biggest-ever nonaccomplishment astatine a World Cup.

Wallabies manager Jones, who became embroiled successful contention during the lead-up to the must-win fixture aft it was reported helium had been successful discussions with Japan to regenerate outgoing manager Jamie Joseph, watched arsenic his squad fell to pieces during its 40-6 decision to the Welsh astatine OL Stadium.

The Wallabies' hopes of getting retired of Pool C are present successful tatters with Wales guaranteed transition to the playoffs, and Fiji is expected to articulation them - unless they suffer to Portugal and Georgia, and that is highly unlikely.

For the archetypal clip successful their history, the Wallabies won't suffice for the quarterfinals. This was 1 of their darkest days.

Ben Donaldson of Australia looks astatine  his options against Wales.

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Ben Donaldson of Australia looks astatine his options against Wales.

Rugby Australia's monolithic gamble to sack Dave Rennie successful the summer, and regenerate him with Jones, who has signed a declaration done to the 2027 World Cup, has failed miserably.

The Wallabies looked clue-less during this fixture. They were a confused rabble, to enactment it kindly.

Wales looked similar they knew what they were doing arsenic they piled connected the points, done a ascendant scrum and by sticking to their structures. The Welsh didn't request to interest astir bonus points, they conscionable wanted the triumph to apical the pool.

New Zealander Gareth Anscombe, who replaced injured seasoned No 10 Dan Biggar aboriginal successful the game, hammered the Aussies with his close extremity kicking. Anscombe slotted six penalties, a driblet extremity and a conversion to container 23 points.

Wales scored 33 unanswered points aft Wallabies extremity kicker Ben Donaldson kicked his 2nd punishment successful the 14th minute.

The Welsh began their displacement by shattering the content that they would thin towards a blimpish strategy successful the aboriginal stages by delivering a potent strike-play disconnected a lineout successful the 3rd minute.

Having won speedy possession disconnected the apical of the set-piece the Welsh delivered the shot to a charging Jac Morgan adjacent halfway, earlier helium delivered the last walk to Gareth Davies to score.

It was a agleam start, but acheronian clouds scuttled implicit the skyline for the Welsh erstwhile Biggar became the archetypal casualty erstwhile helium needed aesculapian attraction for what appeared to beryllium sore ribs.

Australia's Tom Hooper reacts during his team's nonaccomplishment   to Wales.

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Australia's Tom Hooper reacts during his team's nonaccomplishment to Wales.

Biggar battled gamely to stay successful the action, but erstwhile it became wide helium was incapable to run astatine afloat capableness helium was replaced by Anscombe.

Anscombe slotted into the pivot's occupation with comparative ease, though his nerves would person jangled erstwhile his archetypal punishment effort ricocheted disconnected the upright of posts.

He adjusted his radar to win with his adjacent 2 efforts, with the Wallabies replying with 2 penalties via the footwear of Ben Donaldson.

The Wallabies' decision-making was questionable.

When awarded a punishment adjacent the sticks successful the archetypal spell skipper David Porecki elected to spurn the accidental for an casual 3 points by instructing his squad to effort and people disconnected a lineout adjacent the line.

The determination backfired erstwhile the Wallabies lineout turned into a shambles, with 2 cardinal jumpers falling to the turf, and Wales hacking the shot downfield disconnected the turnover.

During the halftime interval ex-Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper, who was a arguable omission from the World Cup squad, was scathing of the telephone to not instrumentality the casual points.

"Tell maine wherefore we wouldn't instrumentality the kick?'' Hooper said. "If you are connected the tract astatine that point, and making that decision, wherefore bash I not instrumentality the footwear astatine extremity here?

"I americium can't spot excessively galore reasons wherefore you wouldn't.''

Hooper said helium could recognize wherefore the Wallabies wanted 7 points but said the turnover, which allowed Wales to footwear a 50-22, gave the men successful reddish "an implicit lift''.

He, similar each different rugby fans from Australia, indispensable beryllium wondering however the Wallabies' run could spell truthful horribly wrong.

Australia plays Portugal adjacent Monday. Wales play Georgia connected October 8.

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