Liam Williams Wales hold out to beat Australia in thriller

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Liam Williams Hadleigh Parkes touches down for Wales' first try

Hadleigh Parkes touches down for Wales’ first try
2019 Rugby World Cup: Australia v Wales
Australia(8) 25
Tries:Ashley-Cooper, Haylett-Petty, HooperCons:Toomua 2Pens:Foley, Toomua
Wales(23) 29
Tries:Parkes, G DaviesCons:Patchell, BiggarPens:Patchell 3Drop-goals:Biggar, Patchell

Wales overcame Australia in an utterly enthralling encounter in Tokyo to secure a second win from their opening two Rugby World Cup games.

In a breathless start to the match, Wales burst out of the blocks to lead 10-0 thanks to Hadleigh Parkes’ try and Dan Biggar’s measured kicking.

Australia fought back with a try of their own from a cross-field kick as Adam Ashley-Cooper touched down, but then Gareth Davies intercepted a pass from Will Genia before sprinting to clear to give Wales a 23-8 half-time lead.

Dane Haylett-Petty’s try early in the second half renewed Australian hope and brought to Welsh minds a foreboding sense of history repeating against a team who had beaten them agonisingly on so many occasions.

Those fears deepened as Michael Hooper drove over from close range and Matt Toomua kicked a penalty to reduce the Wallabies’ deficit to 26-25, only for replacement Rhys Patchell to kick his third penalty to restore Wales’ lead to four points.

Warren Gatland’s side effectively had to navigate the final few moments with 14 men as full-back Liam Williams soldiered on with an injury, but they dug in admirably to record a famous victory.

With two wins from their first two matches, Wales are now in pole position to finish top of Pool D and earn themselves a potentially more favourable draw in the knockout stages.

Another Wales-Wallabies classic

Michael Hooper celebrates confirmation of his try as Australia hit back

Given the high stakes and the enduring rivalry the two

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