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Wales v Australia - Story of the match

INTRO

Australia cruised to a 12th successive victory over woeful Wales as they ran their hosts ragged at the Principality Stadium.

Wales' four-Test autumn series - Argentina, Japan and South Africa await over the next three weeks - could not have started in less convincing fashion as Australia shredded them at will, running out 32-8 victors.

It was Wales' heaviest home defeat since New Zealand crushed them 46-10 in November, 2006.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"This Wales performance is flatter than East Anglia." Press Association Sport's rugby union correspondent Andrew Baldock (@balders2) on the disappointing display in Cardiff.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Toss up between two pieces of magic from Bernard Foley. Lovely inside pass set up Reece Hodge's first-half try, but the fly-half topped that with a scintillating break and score which capped an outstanding individual display.

STAT OF THE MATCH

This was Wales' heaviest home defeat in a decade. The last time Wales suffered such a beating in Cardiff was when they lost 45-10 to New Zealand in 2006.

WINNER AND LOSER

Australia's Grand Slam ambitions was the big winner. The Wallabies have not done the 'Slam' on a northern hemisphere tour since 1984 but, on this evidence, they have genuine hopes this time. Wales coach Rob Howley suffered a day to forget as he stepped into Warren Gatland's shoes. Lions boss Gatland might not be picking too many Welshmen on this form next summer.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Wales v Argentina (Saturday, November 12)

Scotland v Australia (Saturday, November 12)

RATINGS

WALES

Leigh Halfpenny 6

Alex Cuthbert 6

Scott Williams 7

Jamie Roberts 5

George North 5

Dan Biggar 5

Rhys Webb 6

Gethin Jenkins 5

Ken Owens 5

Samson Lee 5

Bradley Davies 5

Luke Charteris 5

Dan Lydiate 6

Justin Tipuric 8

Ross Moriarty 6

Replacements

Scott Baldwin (for Owens, 59mins) 5

Nicky Smith (for Jenkins, 59mins) 5

Tomas Francis (for Lee, 59mins) 5

Hallam Amos (for North, 61mins) 7

Cory Hill (for Davies, 64mins) 5

Sam Davies (for Biggar, 65mins) 6

Gareth Davies (for Webb, 66mins) 5

James King (for Lydiate, 69mins) 5

AUSTRALIA

Israel Folau 8

Dane Haylett-Petty 7

Tevita Kuridrani 8

Reece Hodge 8

Henry Speight 7

Bernard Foley 9

Nick Phipps 7

Scott Sio 7

Stephen Moore 8

Sekope Kepu 7

Rory Arnold 8

Adam Coleman 8

David Pocock 7

Michael Hooper 7

Lopeti Timani 8

Replacements

Scott Fardy (for Pocock, ht) 7

Allan Alaalatoa (for Kepu, 64mins) 6

Rob Simmonds (for Arnold, 65mins) 6

James Slipper (for Sio, 68mins) 6

Nick Frisby (for Phipps, 71mins) 7

Tolu Latu: (for Moore, 76mins) 6

Quade Cooper (for Foley, 76mins) 6

Sefa Naivalu (for Speight, 76mins) 6

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