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Welsh rugby left to lick their wounds again

By Staff Reporter

Wales could call another fly-half into their autumn Test squad this week after Dan Biggar was injured during the 33-28 defeat against Australia on Saturday.

Biggar limped off early in the second half nursing a groin strain, suggesting that he might be a doubt for next weekend's Millennium Stadium appointment with World Cup pool opponents Fiji.

Gloucester fly-half James Hook, who was a surprise omission from Wales head coach Warren Gatland's original 34-man autumn squad, Leicester's Owen Williams and Cardiff Blues' Rhys Patchell would all be potential call-up candidates.

Collectively, Wales were left licking their wounds following a 10th successive defeat against Australia despite scrum-half Rhys Webb scoring an early try and the home side leading with just eight minutes left.

Webb also turned villain when he gifted an interception try to the Wallabies' magnificent full-back Israel Folau, and it was that type of day for Wales - very good in parts, very poor in others.

"We had been struggling over the last couple of years, getting off to a slow start, but we'd had a gruelling two weeks and we started the game as we had been training, which was pleasing," Webb said.

"I was happy with my try, but then I gave away a silly interception. If it had gone to Liam Williams it would have been a different story, but it is one of those things. Onwards and upwards.

"At first, I thought it was going straight to Liam and we were going to celebrate. If it had gone to Liam, he would have been between the sticks."

Webb made way for Mike Phillips during the third quarter and although Wales inched 28-27 ahead through a converted penalty try 16 minutes from time, they were undone by Bernard Foley's late drop-goal and penalty.

"It is disappointing we didn't get the result. It was there for us, but we have to take the positives. We need to cut out the errors and a few missed tackles," said Webb.

"It is obviously very disappointing. We were so close again. There is a lot of disappointment. There were little errors and missed tackles, which are fixable. We will prepare well for Fiji now, and then the All Blacks.

"We just need to touch up on a few bits and bobs."

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