Jenkins rues Wales' errors as Australia win again

Wales captain Gethin Jenkins blamed a poor first-half showing for his side's dismal 32-8 defeat against Australia in Cardiff.

Tries from Stephen Moore, Reece Hodge and Tevita Kuridrani took Michael Cheika's men out to a commanding 20-3 lead at the break.

Bernard Foley then put the visitors further ahead with a fourth try early in the second half and although Scott Williams did reply in kind for the hosts, Dane Haylett-Petty crossed late to seal an impressive 12th consecutive win for the Wallabies over Wales.

And Jenkins made no excuses for what was a desperately disappointing performance from Rob Howley's side.

"We didn't get our hands on the ball in the first half," he told BBC Sport. "We made errors and they punished us. It's always an uphill task to get back into the game, but full credit to Australia.

"I thought we were comfortable with the intensity, but just made silly mistakes and there were some good attacks from them. We forced it a bit too much in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

"We showed some good spirit at the end, but we lost the game in the first half. We have to look where we went wrong."

Opposite number Stephen Moore, meanwhile, was understandably satisfied to open the five-match tour with such a comprehensive victory.

"You never know how much possession you are going to get and I think we threw it away a bit," he said. "But it is the first game of the tour, so it was pleasing. We attacked well and it is a nice way to start the tour.

"We have had a few weeks to work on things and it is nice when that stuff comes off under pressure."

Both sides return to action next Saturday, with Wales hosting Argentina and Australia facing a re-match of last year's controversial Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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