Despite Wales recording their third victory in Australia, by 42-9, against Victoria in Melbourne yesterday, Kevin Bowring, the coach, was unimpressed by his side's performance even though they scored seven tries. "Our inexperience in midfield was reflected in our play; we didn't get the balance right," he said.
Wales could only manage an Arwel Thomas penalty goal in the opening quarter before Andy Moore darted over for the first try. Wayne Proctor and Crispin Cormack added others, Cormack going on to complete his try hat-trick deep into injury time.
The flanker Mike Voyle got Wales' other first-half score, a brace from Cormack in the second-half sandwiching one for battling No 8 Andrew Gibbs.
Wales now move on to Sydney to prepare for Saturday's second Test against the Wallabies, with a major concern over lock Paul Arnold, who has injured his lower back.
Victoria: Penalties Hendry 3. Wales: Tries Cormack 3, Gibbs, A Moore, Proctor, Voyle; Conversions A Thomas 2; Penalties A Thomas.
VICTORIA: S Chrilia; P Loane, M Nasalio, L Strauss, M Bell; A Hendry, L Daley; A Charles, D Thompson, S Iakovidis, A Scott, B Parsons, C Frater (capt), J Walshe, P Holstead.
WALES: C Cormack (Pontypridd); W Proctor (Llanelli), D James (Bridgend), J Funnell (Neath), S Hill (Cardiff); A Thomas (Swansea), A Moore (Richmond, capt); A Lewis (Cardiff), B Williams (Neath), J Davies (Neath), S Ford (Bridgend), P Arnold (Swansea), M Voyle (Newport), A Gibbs (Newbridge), K Jones (Ebbw Vale). Replacements: N Jenkins (Pontypridd), R Howley (Bridgend), N Davies (Llanelli), C Loader (Swansea), H Taylor (Cardiff), D Jones (Cardiff).Reuse content