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Australia beat Wales 33-12 at Cardiff

Australia bounced back from their shock defeat to Scotland last weekend to hammer a much fancied Wales team 33-12 at the Millennium Stadium yesterday evening.

The Wallabies responded to the criticism in the wake of the 9-8 defeat at Murrayfield with four unanswered tries from Digby Ioane, James Horwill, David Pocock and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

In contrast, all of Wales' points came from three penalties from Stephen Jones and a long range effort from Leigh Halfpenny but the home side struggled to compete with the speed and the power of their Tri Nations opponents.

Already missing their captain Ryan Jones through injury, the Wales suffered a further blow when winger Shane Williams limped off with a hamstring problem in the opening minutes of the game.

Matt Giteau, whose conversion miss resulted in Australia's loss to Scotland, had a brilliant game and it was his grubber kick which led to the Wallabies' first try. Digby Ioane beat the cover defence and was on hand to gather the perfectly weighted kick and dot down.

The try set the tone for the rest of the game with Australia breaking at will the usually watertight Welsh defensive line. The visitors took advantage of a number of missed tackles by the Welsh to score another two tries before the break.

Wales should have had a consolation try in the second half after Jones put Jamie Roberts into the gap, but the Lions centre dropped the ball with the line at his mercy. However, there was still time for Australia to pile the misery onto the home fans when the outstanding Giteau set up prop Polota-Nau for the visitor's fourth try.

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