Wales vs Australia LIVE: Rugby result, final score and Autumn Nations Series 2021 reaction

The hosts prevailed on a dramatic night at the Principality Stadium thanks to Rhys Priestland’s late penalty

Jamie Braidwood
Sunday 21 November 2021 09:08
Wales v Australia: Dan Biggar press conference

Wales‘ Rhys Priestland kicked a penalty after the hooter as the hosts poured more misery on Australia with a 29-28 victory at the Principality Stadium on Saturday following an early red card for visiting number eight Rob Valetini.

Valetini became the fifth player to see red against Wales in the last 12 months but could have few complaints after his dangerous tackle on lock Adam Beard after 14 minutes resulted in a clash of heads.

Hooker Ryan Elias and centre Nick Tompkins scored tries for the home side, who failed to drive home their numerical advantage and were seconds away from losing before they were awarded an offside penalty in the last play of the game.

Australia, who have lost all three matches on their tour after defeats by Scotland and England, scored tries through wings Andrew Kellaway and Filipo Daugunu, plus scrumhalf Nic White but, having highlighted the need to improve their discipline in the week, let themselves down again.


Wales 26-28 Australia

Rhys Priestland will have the kick from a slight angle, 25 metres out...

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:32

Wales 26-28 Australia

81 mins: PENALTY WALES! The can’t get over the line but they will have a kick to win it!

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:31

Wales 26-28 Australia

80 mins: Davies and Williams carry Wales to five metres! The clock is in the red!

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:30

Wales 26-28 Australia

79 mins: Beale almost had a break after collecting the high ball, but Wales were able to tackle him as he picked up his stride and they have the ball back!

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:29

Wales 26-28 Australia (Beale pen 78’)

Incredible! Somehow, Australia lead after Beale nails the kick from just inside the Wales half! Wales have just two minutes to hit back!

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:28

Wales 26-25 Australia

76 mins: Australia couldn’t the keep the ball for long, but the Wallabies win a penalty just as Wales were looking to build up the phases! Will Skelton makes the crucial strip on the halfway line, and Beale will kick for goal!

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:27

Wales 26-25 Australia

74 mins: Wales return to the Australia half but the ball is spilled on following a break from Basham. Wales then give away a penalty on the Australia 22, and O’Connor kicks to halfway.

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:24

TRY! Wales 26-25 Australia (Daugunu 71’)

DRAMA! That is brilliant from Australia, who hit back just as Gareth Thomas’ sin-bin came to an end. It came after a wonderful break from Paisami, who was hauled down yards from the posts. Australia kept the ball and worked it wide, where Filipo Daugunu finished in the corner.

O’Connor strikes the upright with the kick, so Wales stay in front! But what a finish we have in store now.

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:20

Wales 26-20 Australia

68 mins: Liam Williams is given a test as he chases back to defend a kick from Iktiau. The ball bounces up and catches Williams by surprise, with Beale breathing down his neck. Williams is able to protect the ball and Wales regather, before Australia concede a needless penalty that relieves the pressure and allows Wales to clear.

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:17

Wales 26-20 Australia (Biggar pen 66’)

65 mins: Australia make a handling error straight from the restart, and that sees Wales dial up the pressure.

It comes back for a penalty after Paisami crunches Adams off the ball - and Biggar stays perfect from the tee to extend Wales’ lead.

Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:14

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