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TOKYO (AP) — Every night since Sunday when they arrived in Tokyo, Wallabies have been staring out of their windows.
From their hotel which overlooks Tokyo Disneyland, they have been drawn to the evening fireworks show above Cinderella’s Castle.
Now it’s time to produce their own fireworks show in Tokyo in the Rugby World Cup.
And when it comes to Sunday’s opponent Wales, the Wallabies usually do.
Until last November, Australia had won 13 straight against Wales, including a 2011 World Cup third-place playoff at Eden Park and a 2015 World Cup pool game at Twickenham that became an instant classic.
Last November, Wales prevailed for the first time in a decade, 9-6 in Cardiff. The outcome was significant. For almost the entire Welsh squad, used to wins snatched from them by Australia in the dying moments of matches, they finally got over the hump. It was by only three points, but the shift in mindset was bigger: The Welsh now knew what victory against the pesky Wallabies felt like, and how to finish them off.
The timing was impeccable, being their last meeting before this World Cup encounter. Wales won’t be wondering when they run out at Tokyo Stadium.
“Losing games in the last minute in half a dozen contests can be quite demoralizing,” coach Warren Gatland says. “Australia was one we targeted specially to try to right the wrongs.”
The memory of that result gives them a great shot at ending another, even longer, losing streak to Australia in Rugby World Cups.
After Wales won their first World Cup matchup in 1987 in what turned out to be a thrilling playoff for third, Australia has won every contest at the tournament since, either eliminating, eviscerating, or
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