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Beale: More to come

Full-back Kurtley Beale insists there is more to come from Australia after they eased past Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

The Wallabies' 25-16 victory came in spite of their hosts enjoying superiority in the forward exchanges and dominating territory and possession during the opening 40 minutes. But, for all of the ball Wales had, they rarely threatened to break through a well-marshalled Australia defence while the visitors were wonderfully incisive in possession.

"I think we are in good shape going forward on this tour," said the 21-year-old. "We are getting better, there is a good balance throughout the team. Everyone has an input into strategy and ideas - everyone can have a voice, and everyone listens."

They registered three well-finished tries through flanker David Pocock, Beale and prop Ben Alexander, and the nine-point winning margin did not reflect the gulf between the two sides.

Waratahs' back Beale deservedly picked up the man-of-the-match award for a wonderful individual display, which would have been perfectly capped had he not knocked on in the act of scoring what would have been a sensational solo try.

And, with Australia having beaten New Zealand eight days ago, Beale is hoping that they can go up another level when they travel to Twickenham to face England next weekend.

Beale added: "We know we can't get too far ahead of ourselves. Wales threw a lot at us, and there are a few things we have to pick up on.

"Every game until the World Cup is a matter of improving. We don't want to look at any game as a missed opportunity. It's about playing around with your gameplan and strategy."


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