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You see those hills at the back of us? Every time the samurais fought, one lived and one died. This weekend we have the best eight teams, all playing for their lives. With just two Tests under his belt, both on the wing, the Wallabies have taken a huge gamble on year-old Petaia pitching him in at outside-centre.

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By Melanie Dinjaski 29 Sep The Wallabies score three tries to Wales' two, but the drop goals and penalties in the first half especially proved the decisive factor in the match as Australia go down swinging in Tokyo The Rugby World Cup is far from over for the Aussies, but they will have to bounce back with a better first half performance in their next Pool D match.

Much like their Fiji clash, the Wallabies got off to another slow start.

The result means Australia are likely to end up second in group D and, if other results fall as expected, they'll face a daunting quarter-final against England. Giving Wales a lead at the half, even if courtesy of some controversial penalties, really put the Wallabies' backs up against the wall.

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Trailing by 18 points early in the second half, the Australians got within a point entering the last 10 minutes, but couldn't score again in a tension-filled finish. The Wallabies were the vastly superior team in the second half, but they paid for an error-riddled opening 40 minutes which lacked purpose and execution.

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Wales were more clinical, adopting a more-conservative game plan in humid conditions that made the ball difficult to control. Just as Nic White and Christian Lealiifano struggled to impose themselves in last week's opening win over Fiji, re-introduced pair Will Genia and Bernard Foley failed to stamp their authority.

Ireland, well, they came into the tournament ranked number one but were hugely outclassed tonight.

Toomua's injection off the bench for Foley soon after halftime provided a playmaking spark. He might have forced coach Michael Cheika's hand for next week's match against Uruguay.

Both captains were inspirational.

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