Someone needs to remind Wales that the Wallabies are not the All Blacks.
Wales have lost to Australia the last 13 times they have met, yet Wales Coach Warren Gatland was eager to point out that the Wallabies have their own issues with which to contend, which may be true, but beating Wales is definitely not one of those issues.
Gatland and his squad received a boost when they beat Scotland 21 – 10 in Cardiff, which promoted Gatland to comment, “It’s not about getting the monkey (beating Australia) off the back. There are games (against the Wallabies) where we’ve been leading going into the final minutes,” said Gatland.
Not long after, Gatland began playing down the import of the upcoming game at Millennium Stadium.
“But the more important game will be at the (2019) World Cup. From a confidence point of view, it will be interesting,” Gatland said. “They’ve (Wallabies) got their own pressures back home and they need performances and results too.”
All the internationals are building to the 2019 World Cup and Wales is no exception, even if they did decide on the hit-out with Scotland.
“It’s nice to get a hit out rather than being thrown in against a Southern Hemisphere team coming off the rugby championship, which is always a tough ask,” Gatland told reporters.
The Australia/Wales match will be interesting, with regard to see which of the two sides can perhaps resurrect what has been for both a desultory 2018.
Interestingly, historical results aside, Wales enjoys slight favourtism over Australia with some of the bookies. Neds has it Wales $1.70 – Australia $2.20, so it would seem that at least one expert opinion involves Wales ending it losing streak to Australia on 13.
The line is just 1.5 points, however, which makes a punt on this one little better than a coin flip.