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June 24, 2012

Wallabies win another nailbiter against Wales

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Wallabies win another nailbiter against Wales

By SANZAR News Service and rugby.com.au

A record Rugby crowd has turned out at Allianz Stadium this afternoon to watch the Qantas Wallabies take out a nail biting affair against the reigning Six Nations Champions and secure a clean sweep of the Castrol EDGE Wales Tour.

In a game that was dominated by the boot of both sides goal kickers it was the Australians who triumphed by a single point.

The Qantas Wallabies entered the half time break up 12-9 after both sides exchanged penaty goals, but it was Wales who struck first in the second half, for a change not off the boot of Leigh Halfpenny.

It was Wales Number 8, Ryan Jones, who crossed the paint for the first try of the match in the 62nd minute and when Halfpenny added the extras Wales went up by four points, 16-12.

The Qantas Wallabies struck straight back in the 65th minute thanks to some fast hands and quick work out wide that put Rob Horne over in the corner.

Qantas Wallabies fly-half Berrick Barnes was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt and the Qantas Wallabies held a slim one-point lead, 17-16.

Halfpenny put Wales back in front six minutes later with another penalty goal, however the Qantas Wallabies would not lie down and when Barnes slotted his fifth penalty of the match the Qantas Wallabies regained a slender one-point advantage, 20-19.

Wales battled hard in the final minutes, however the Qantas Wallabies held on to the ball to claim a clean sweep of the three Test Castrol EDGE Wales Tour.

After his heroics last week with the boot, scoring 17-points himself, Barnes was once again named man of the match, kicking 15 of his sides 20-points, capping off a stellar three weeks in the Gold jersey.