Australia fight back from 21-point deficit to beat Wales

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Mark Nawaqanitawase scoresMark Nawaqanitawase was key to Australia's comeback win
Wales (20) 34
Tries: Morgan 2, Faletau, Dyer Cons: Anscombe 4 Pens: Anscombe 2
Australia (13) 39
Tries: Fainga'a, Nawaqanitawase 2, Penalty try, Lonergan Cons: Donaldson, Lolesio 2, Pens: Donaldson 2

The position of Wales head coach Wayne Pivac is hanging by a thread after his side threw away victory against Australia.

Wales had built up a 34-13 lead with Jac Morgan scoring two tries and further scores from Taulupe Faletau and Rio Dyer.

Australia responded with 26 unanswered points as they capitalised on yellow cards for Wales captain Justin Tipuric and Ryan Elias.

Defeat could prove the end for Pivac.

Australia wing Mark Nawaqanitawase was the catalyst for the Wallaby turnaround with two tries.

There was a further score from Folau Fainga'a, a penalty try and the winning score from replacement hooker Lachlan Lonergan.

Ospreys flanker Morgan was again a powerful presence as he scored two tries for a second successive week but his efforts proved in vain.

More to follow.

Wales: Adams; Cuthbert, North, Hawkins, Dyer; Anscombe, T Williams, G Thomas, Owens, D Lewis, Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Morgan, Tipuric (capt), Faletau.

Replacements: Elias, R Jones, Francis, Carter, Macleod, Hardy, Priestland, Costelow.

Australia: Wright; Petaia, Ikitau, Hodge, Nawaqanitawase; Donaldson, Gordon; Slipper (capt), Fainga'a, Alaalatoa, Frost, Neville, Holloway, McReight, Gleeson.

Replacements: Lonergan, Robertson, Talakai, Hanigan, Samu, McDermott, Lolesio, Campbell.

Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU)

Assistant referees: Luke Pearce (RFU), Chris Busby (IRFU)

TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU).

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