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Highlights from Wallabies vs Australia

Italy’s summer schedule has produced three defeats as they were beaten 34-13 by Scotland in Singapore before a narrow 22-19 loss against Fiji was followed by Saturday’s 40-27 defeat against Australia in Brisbane.The Australians had a surprising 24-19 loss to Scotland last weekend in Sydney after opening their worldwide season on June 10 with a 37-14 win over Fiji in Melbourne.A 77th minute solo try to Bernard Foley gave the men in gold some breathing space, before a 50-metre dash down the left touchline from replacement back Reece Hodge blew the final margin out to 13 points.Foley converted to make it 7-0, which became 14-0 minutes later when Israel Folau scored in the corner.Another chopping and changing of the lineup would have hopefully at least cemented what Australia’s best XV looks like in Michael Cheika’s mind, but with the caveat of absentees including Samu Kerevi, Sean McMahon and Nick Phipps there are still many questions hanging over this team.Italy pegged the gap back to 14-6 with another penalty to Tommaso but it was Australia who struck another blow with Folau crossing for his second try at the 30-minute mark to take the score to 21-6.Wallabies Captain, Stephen Moore said: “To Italy’s credit they fought their way back into the game”. There is some good stuff to work on there, but we have a big couple of months before we play New Zealand.”We’ve got to respect the opponent”.Moments of scintillating attacking play were punctuated with basic skill errors and poor decision making as the home side left it late to secure a 40-27 victory over the Azzurri.A Foley tunnel ball led to Naivalu’s second in the 44th minute and the flyhalf slotted his fourth conversion in a row, on his way to a five-from-six record for the day.Fullback Israel Folau believes the Wallabies’ back line has gelled nicely throughout the three June Tests but one player Australia is unlikely to have come the first Bledisloe Cup match is Sefa Naivalu, who will spend an extended period on the physio table with an ankle injury.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he was frustrated at points in the match, though he wants his players to stick with the ball-in-hand style.”We definitely let them in the game there and giving away possession was something that we addressed at half-time but we also wanted to play”, Folau said.”Those types of things hurt us in the game”.