‘It’s nice to build momentum’: Justin Tipuric praises Welsh steel as hosts end 10-year Wallabies curse with low-scoring victory over Australia
- Wales edged a low-scoring contest with 9-6 win over Australia in Cardiff
- It was Wales’ first victory over the Wallabies in 10 years and 13 games
- Justin Tipuric was delighted with his side’s defensive display that earned win
Justin Tipuric hailed Wales’ defensive resolve as they ended their decade-long hex against Australia in a low-scoring kick-fest.
Warren Gatland’s men won 9-6 in Cardiff – their lowest scoring Test for 30 years since beating England 11-3 in 1988 – to put a run of 13 consecutive defeats against the Wallabies to bed.
And man-of-the-match flanker Tipuric was at the heart of it.
Justin Tipuric was delighted with defensive resolve shown by Wales in victory over Australia
‘It is nice to finally get a win over Australia, that’s seven wins in a row so it’s nice to build momentum,’ he said.
‘There were two great defences out there, we pride ourselves on our defence and that is what won us that today.’
And captain Alun Wyn Jones was a relieved man too.
‘It’s been a long time,’ said the lock.
‘I think somebody reminded me I was the sole survivor from 2008. We’ve lost by many a fine margin and today, I’ll be honest, we won by a fine margin. I’m proud of the boys.’
Wales celebrate their first victory over Australia in 10 years and 13 games at the Principality
Wales have now won seven Tests in a row – their best run since 2004-05 which included a Six Nations Grand Slam.
And boss Warren Gatland was elated at that feat.
‘It’s probably the most comfortable we’ve been defensively against Australia,’ he said.
‘That’s seven in a row for us now, we’re in a really good place building up for the next 12 months.’
Wales coach Warren Gatland was unhappy with Samu Kerevi’s late hit on Leigh Halfpenny
But he was unhappy with Samu Kerevi’s late hit on Leigh Halfpenny.
‘He’s gone for the charge down and just stayed in that position,’ said Gatland.
‘You can move your shoulder out of there and have less of an impact on Leigh. I thought it warranted a penalty or a yellow card, but I’m not the referee.’
Australia skipper Michael Hooper was left distraught.
‘That hurts,’ he said.
‘Credit to Wales, they stuck at it, it was a real grudge match, a real Test match, congratulations on Wales on the win, (but) that really hurts.’
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