Wales 28-33 Australia: Warren Gatland praises 'positive rugby'

Israel Folau runs clear to score against Wales
Full-back Israel Folau runs clear from the Welsh defence after intercepting a pass from Rhys Webb.

Wales coach Warren Gatland praised his team's "positive rugby", despite a 10th defeat in a row against Australia.

The Welsh led by a point going into the final 10 minutes, but a drop-goal and penalty by Brendan Foley clinched a 33-28 win for the Wallabies.

Gatland expects his team to improve for forthcoming matches against Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa.

"We've scored four tries to three and I thought we went out there and played some really positive rugby," he said.

"To be honest I'm pretty positive about the performance.

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Autumn International highlights: Wales 28-33 Australia

"I look back on the tries they scored and we missed a couple of one-on-one tackles, which is disappointing, and we've thrown an intercept so a huge number of positives for us to build on that performance.

"We tend to start the first game in the autumn pretty slowly against a team that's been together for a long time, so you know we can really build on that."

Wales trailed 27-21 midway through the second half of an open and entertaining game at the Millennium Stadium.

But forward pressure told when referee Craig Joubert awarded a penalty try to the home team after a series of scrums in the shadow of the posts.

Substitute Rhys Priestland's conversion put Wales a point ahead with 13 minutes remaining.

However, Wales were again unable to secure a rare win over southern hemisphere opposition as fly-half Foley kicked a drop-goal in the 73rd minute, and then made Wales pay for an indiscretion at a maul by drilling a penalty to open a five-point gap with two minutes remaining.

Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies:
"Too many individual errors in the first half from Wales just gifted Australia the lead. Then in the second half it was a lack of composure. Australia went up the other end and took advantage."

As in recent previous meetings, Wales were unable to claim a match-winning score.

Gatland's team have now lost 25 of their 26 meetings with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Gatland sees plenty of positives in Wales defeat by Australia

Wales skipper Sam Warburton was bitterly disappointed with the defeat and said: "It's hard to find the words.

"It was very good in parts but wins are what we want now. I'm sure it was a great match if you were a neutral but it's the same heartache for Wales."

Wales face Fiji in Cardiff on Saturday, 15 November and will have injury concerns over full-back Leigh Halfpenny and fly-half Dan Biggar who both left the field with injuries.

Biggar's thigh injury appears to be of greatest concern, with Gatland hinting that he would call a new fly-half into the squad before the Fiji game.

He also said there will be a number of changes to the Wales starting line-up, with the players on the bench against Australia likely to start against the South Sea Islanders.

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