Sunday June 24, 2012
Wallabies edge Wales to sweep series
SYDNEY: A Berrick Barnes penalty five minutes from time gave Australia a 20-19 win for a clean sweep in the three-Test series against Six Nations champions Wales in Sydney yesterday.
The thrilling one-point win comes just a week after Australia edged out Wales 25-23 with a penalty after the fulltime siren in Melbourne. The Welsh have not won in Australia for 43 years, since their solitary 19-16 win in Sydney in 1969.
The Wallabies, who led 12-9 at halftime, fell behind to a 61st-minute try from number eight Ryan Jones before retrieving the lead with a Rob Horne try after adjudication by the video referee for ball grounding.
Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales back in front with nine minutes left before Barnes landed a pressure penalty after Wales were caught off-side in the 75th minute.
Wales had a late opportunity when replacement back James Hook kicked ahead downfield with no Australian cover only for the ball to trickle over the sideline 30m from the Australian try-line.
The Wallabies won the lineout and effectively ran down the clock to hold on to their one-point advantage.
The opening half was stop-start with South African referee Craig Joubert whistling up a total of 14 penalties. — AFP