SportFormer Wales stars confident Wallabies' winning streak about to end

05:10  05 november  2018
05:10  05 november  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Granted, the last half-hour of Wales ' 21-10 win against Scotland was unspectacular but the Welsh are notoriously slow starters in November. However, in the first 50 minutes there was enough positivity in their play to suggest they will threaten the Wallabies ' long winning streak against them next weekend.

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Former Wales stars confident Wallabies' winning streak about to end© AP Warburton shakes hands with Scott Sio after a Rugby World Cup match in 2015. Retired Wales stars Sam Warburton and Shane Williams believe their countrymen have what it takes to snap a 13-game, 10-year losing streak against the Wallabies this weekend in Cardiff.

There is quiet confidence amongst locals in the aftermath of a 21-10 victory over Scotland at Principality Stadium last Saturday afternoon. The two-tries-to-one victory was Wales’ first win to begin an Autumn international campaign since 2002.

While it was not a completely polished or electric performance by any means, getting the first fixture out of the way will settle the nerves of the Welsh before a hit-out against the Australians who arrived on Sunday to begin preparations for game one of a three-match European tour.

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The Wallabies had to regather and did so courtesy of their big men. They earned a rare scrum penalty, to the fist-pumping delight of Michael Cheika, which Behind closed doors, the non-selection of Sexton and a number of other Ireland stars riled up the Wallabies and this lack of respect was reflected in a

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Much is made every year of the remarkable winning streak the Australians hold over Wales, dating back to 2009 when a Wallabies side captained by Rocky Elsom got the job done 33-12 in Cardiff.

Since then there has been little to smile about for Wales, but it is worth noting 11 of Australia’s 13 wins in that period have been by nine points or less.

Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions last year and played 74 Tests for Wales, was involved in 10 of the 13 losses but is optimistic about the opportunity that lies ahead this weekend.

“I can put my hand on my heart and say that Wales are good enough to beat Australia,” Warburton wrote of the world’s third ranked side in a column for The Times.

“If 75,000 supporters can believe the same thing and express that in their voices on Saturday, Wales will beat Australia and end that losing run.

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An inspirational performance from a returning David Pocock has helped the Wallabies draw first blood against Ireland with a 18-9 victory that has crushed the world No 2 side's 12-game winning streak .

“We just haven’t been able to have the composure to finish these games when we have been in the lead. I don’t think it is a psychological problem.”

Warburton, however, stopped short of saying Australia were vulnerable after a year in which they have been well below par and showed few signs of improvements from 2017.

In June the Wallabies lost a three-Test series to Ireland 2-1, to go with three defeats to New Zealand and losses against South Africa and Argentina.

“Are Australia more vulnerable than ever before? I wouldn’t say so,” Warburton wrote. “Many times in the past we have heard that it was our best chance of beating them.

“Whenever Wales play Australia, the Australian players who have been in supposedly poor form or lacking fitness always turn up. Bernard Foley has always been brilliant against Wales.

Former Wales stars confident Wallabies' winning streak about to end© PA Optimistic: Sam Warburton is among those believing the Welsh can end their losing run against Australia. "Will Genia always seems to be up for man of the match. Israel Folau is one of the best players I have ever played against.

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Wales centre Jamie Roberts hopes the Rugby World Cup Pool A showdown against Australia on Sunday (AEDT) will see Wales finally end its Wallabies hoodoo. Wales have not beaten Australia since recording a 21-18 victory at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in 2008, losing the last 10 meetings

Wales bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Australia to end their losing run with a 24-20 victory over Argentina in Cardiff. A 32-8 defeat to the Wallabies last time out made it five losses in a row for Rob Howley's side, but they raised their levels at the Principality Stadium to claim an 11th win

“David Pocock is back and that is a massive boost for Australia. He is the most difficult No.7 I ever played against. Australia are a different team with him in it. He is a nightmare to play against.”

Like Warburton, Williams, a winger who featured in 91 Tests across a 12-year international career, sees enough in this Welsh outfit to trouble the visitors, who are coming off a 37-20 loss to the All Blacks in their most recent clash.

“However flawed a performance it was against Scotland … I’m far more convinced now that we can end that run of 13 consecutive defeats to the tiresome Wallabies because the players have got a full, tough 80 minutes under their belts,” Williams wrote in a column for The Rugby Paper.

“Warren has always said that the longer the team spends together, the better it becomes. Is three weeks together, with a game behind them, long enough to match the Aussies? I reckon it could be.”

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