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Jones left to ponder once more

Alun-Wyn Jones (above) has acknowledged there will be a case of deja vu after Wales suffered their 21st successive defeat against major southern hemisphere opposition.

Wales were once again left to contemplate a case of what might have been, finishing second-best at the Millennium Stadium despite outscoring Australia 4-3 on tries.

The Wallabies' 33-28 victory was built on brilliant individual performances by fly-half Bernard Foley and full-back Israel Folau as Australia left their calling card 11 months before facing Wales in a potentially pivotal World Cup pool clash at Twickenham.

Wales have now been beaten 10 times on the bounce by Australia - six of those losses were by five points or less - and they remain unable to crack the southern hemisphere code.

They have further chances later this month with world champions New Zealand and then South Africa due in Cardiff, but the statistics again stack up in favour of away wins. Wales have not toppled the All Blacks since 1953 and the Springboks for 15 years.

"If you look at the scoreline, people probably will look at it as where we have been before against these guys," said lock Jones, who was a try-scorer alongside Rhys Webb and Alex Cuthbert, while referee Craig Joubert also awarded Wales a 64th-minute penalty try.

"We got out of the blocks in similar fashion to the way we did in the second Test against South Africa (in June).

"That is a pleasing thing because it means we have kicked on despite the long lay-off. Our training camp has probably helped in that."


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