Despite the final result, Wales dominated the first 30 minutes and were held up over the line twice as they asked questions of the Australian defence. With the first half in injury time and the Australians leading 3-0 from a Tui Ormsby penalty, the first try came from flanker Bronwyn Mackintosh with Ormsby converting to make the half-time score 10-0.
Wales brought on Lenaghan, Grainger, Jenkins and Thomas to add extra firepower but with the temperature in the 80s Australia went on to extend their lead through wingers Nyree Oslets and the fleet footed Charmiane Smith. Wales never gave up, particularly Kate Jones (Caernarfon) Pip Minto and Jamie Kift (Clifton) and were unlucky to not cross the Australian try line.
In the final ten minutes Australia's superior fitness and power saw them home with Nicole Wickert and Genevive Deives adding the final tries.
Wales now face Germany on May 17th but with many of the players being exposed to this level of rugby for the first time, alot will have been learnt from this Australian defeat.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.