Wales have finished eighth in the Rugby Women's World Cup after Australia claimed a convincing 30-3 victory at Marcoussis.
The Wallaroos dominated possession and territory and thoroughly deserved their victory. Wales tackled themselves to a standstill but the superior speed and skill of Australia saw them win their second game against Rachel Taylor's side in the tournament.
After having the better of the early exchanges Australia had to wait until the 16th minute before getting any reward. The forwards worked the ball close to the Wales try-line before prop Liz Patu plunged over out wide.
Wales struggled to get into the game but their strong defence held Australia at bay.
After 23 minutes Wales captain Rachel Taylor received a stern warning on behalf of the team due to Welsh players giving away penalties in the danger zone.
Moments later Australia kicked to within five metres of the Welsh tryline and after patient play from the forwards, Dalena Denninson picked from the back of a ruck and dived over.
Wales briefly gained territory inside the Australian half and had their dominant scrum to thank for their opening points. Sioned Harries burst from the set-piece to set up a midfield ruck where the Wallaroos infringed. Robyn Wilkins stepped up and slotted over the penalty.
Wales finished the half strongly but had to make two changes with hooker Lowri Harries being stretchered off while lock Shona Powell Hughes took a boot to the face but she returned from the bloodbin in time for the restart.
Play was held up for some considerable time as medics attended to Sioned Harries who became the second Welsh player to leave the field on a stretcher.
Australia continued to attack but the Welsh defence frustrated the Wallaroos with staunch defence. Eventually Australia had to settle for a penalty by Ashley Hewson to increase the lead to 13-3 after 60 minutes.
The Wallaroos continued to camp inside the Wales half and for once their passes stuck to send winger Trica Brown over in the corner.
Six minutes from time Sharni Williams glided over before Cobie-Jane Morgan put the icing on the cake with a well taken try right on the stroke of full time.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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