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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
The Welsh Rugby Union has released a specially produced video to spearhead a new campaign to help promote the values of rugby union. The video, entitled Let us Play underpins the WRU rugby department's philosophy - to engage, transfer and retain players, coaches and referees.