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Wales’ star studded opponents impress ahead of autumn series

Quade Cooper has returned for the Wallabies.

Wales’ star studded opponents impress ahead of autumn series

Three of Wales’ autumn opponents were in action last weekend with Australia and New Zealand the big winners in the Rugby Championship.

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Australian legend Quade Cooper made his first test appearance for four years with a last-gasp penalty earning the Wallabies a famous 28-26 win over South Africa. Cooper was imperious with a 100 per cent record from the kicking tee, as his side had to dig deep to overcome the power of the world champions.

This test match illustrated to Wales head coach Wayne Pivac exactly what will come his way against the Springboks with their two tries courtesy of Bongi Mbonambi and Malcolm Marx coming from driving lineouts. The Wallabies were a threat throughout with Cooper getting the best out of powerful runners Samu Kerevi, and Marika Koroibete, with wing Andrew Kellaway scoring a cracking first-half try.

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Elsewhere, New Zealand charged to a comprehensive 39-0 victory over Argentina. Pivac’s men will face the All Blacks in a sold out Principality Stadium on Saturday, October 30 and they’ll have their hands full trying to stop the men in black.

Ian Forster’s men scored five tries in total with Rieko Ioane, Sevu Reece, Dalton Papali’i, and Luke Jacobsen (twice) crossing the whitewash to floor the Pumas. Former world player of the year Beauden Barrett was subline at outside-half, and Argentina had no answer to his offloading game.

Wales will also face South Africa on November 6, Fiji on November 14, and Australia on November 20 with tickets available to buy HERE.

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