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Five things we learnt from Australia's defeat to Wales

Barring a minor miracle Australia will be heading home early from the Rugby World Cup after being hammered by Wales in their latest Pool C encounter.

Following an historic loss to Fiji last week, the Wallabies needed a response against Wales, but they once again failed to produce.

A 40-6 defeat puts them on the brink of exiting the World Cup at the group stage, which would have been unthinkable heading into the tournament.

However, many former players and pundits have seen this coming for a while and it will be no great surprise to them.

The Wallabies will play Portugal in their final Pool C game and are priced at 34.00 to make the quarter-finals, which says it all.

The fall-out from the defeat to Wales has already hit fever pitch and looks set to continue for some time, with the Wallabies set to return home with their tails between their legs.

WhatAustralia v Portugal
WhereStade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne
When01:45 (AEST), Monday 2nd October 2023
How to watch9Now
OddsAustralia 1.02, Portugal 13.00

Wallabies fail to turn up

The Wallabies desperately needed a big performance against Wales after losing to Fiji in their second game of Pool C, but they failed to produce it.

Wallabies captain David Porecki said they had a good week heading into the game, and their preparation was as good as it had ever been.

However, Porecki and the rest of the team did not transfer that to the pitch when it mattered and they now face an early exit from the World Cup.

Ill-discipline hurts Wallabies

The Wallabies have been criticised for their poor discipline in recent games and, despite an improvement against Georgia, they slipped back into old habits in the loss to Fiji.

And it carried on against Wales as they conceded a total of 12 penalties throughout the match.

Early Wales try hit Wallabies hard

The Wallabies needed to get off to a strong start to help boost confidence and give them a chance of getting a result.

However, quite the opposite happened, as Wales scored a try in the opening three minutes of the game.

To make matters worse, it was an ‘easy try’ according to head coach Eddie Jones, one that could have been avoided.

It put the Wallabies on the back foot from the off and they did not improve from there on in.

Lack of experience costs Wallabies

It would appear that coach Eddie Jones’ decision to go with youth over experience, came back to bite him.

Michael Hooper was left out of the squad and Wallabies legend David Campese believes that was a massive mistake, an error that was ruthlessly exposed by Wales.

Campese believes going without a ‘recognised open flanker’ was a ‘massive risk’ and he is in no doubt that Wales exploited that weakness.

Massive overhaul needed

Following the loss to Wales, most people are in agreement, there needs to be a complete overhaul across Rugby Australia.

Former players, pundits and the rugby union media believe the Wallabies have been in decline for some time and the record-breaking defeat to Wales saw them hit rock-bottom.

Barring a miracle, it will be the first time in World Cup history that the Wallabies have failed to make it to the knockout stages.

Campese described the loss to Wales as one of the ‘darkest days’ in the history of the Wallabies and has called for change at the very top and with the coaching staff.

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