'What a disgrace': Australia rages over 'horrendous' Wallabies drama

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The Wallabies, pictured here in action against Wales.
Were the Wallabies robbed against Wales? Image: Amazon Prime/Getty

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has joined a chorus of angry fans in condemning the level of officiating in his side's 29-28 loss to Wales on Sunday morning (AEDT).

The ill-disciplined and luckless Wallabies were punished one last time on their wretched European tour, going down with 14 men in a stop-start, bad-tempered and thrilling affair at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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Australia were let down by offering up too many foolish penalties, with Rob Valetini's red card for a high tackle after just 15 minutes doing most to condemn them.

Amazingly, the short-handed Wallabies thought they might have snatched an incredible win when Kurtley Beale kicked a 78th minute penalty to put them ahead.

But in one last-ditch attack, hailed by a deafening 68,112 crowd, Australia infringed one last time under pressure near their own line to give away the decisive penalty.

Welsh replacement Rhys Priestland held his nerve to convert the penalty goal with the last shot of the game in the 82nd minute.

Australia had been reduced to 13 men during the first-half when Beale also spent 10 minutes in the bin for a deliberate knock down.

However Rennie was left seething after the game, claiming Wales scored a try through Nick Tompkins in similar circumstances to Beale's binning.

“I thought some of the decision-making tonight was horrendous, and played a big part in the result," he said.

“Kurtley Beale got sin-binned for slapping the ball down. They do the same thing, and it clearly goes forward and they get seven points out of us.

“I am obviously really disappointed with the result. We will end up getting an apology next week, but it won’t help the result. I thought we deserved better.”

Fans were also left fuming and flocked to social media in anger.

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The loss means Rennie's side have suffered the ignominy of being the first Australia team to fail to win a Test on a European tour for 45 years.

Rennie took aim at South African television match official (TMO) Marius Jonker, who was also TMO in Australia's 15-13 defeat by Scotland in which prop Allan Alaalatoa was controversially yellow carded.

World Rugby subsequently apologised for the sin binning, saying it had been the incorrect decision.

"The reason the TMO was brought in was to get the right decision. To get an apology in the week is not good enough," Rennie said.

Rhys Priestland, pictured here celebrating after kicking the winning penalty for Wales against the Wallabies.
Rhys Priestland celebrates with teammates after kicking the winning penalty for Wales against the Wallabies. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

"If we going to have a TMO there's no excuse for not getting the decision right and we saw another example of that tonight.

"We want to make sure that officials are accountable. Marius' decision a couple of weeks decided a game yet he was appointed again.

"Is there any accountability around guys making errors that are deciding Test matches?"

It was a doubly frustrating evening for the Wallabies as they produced some of their best attacking rugby of the tour with three tries from Andrew Kellaway, Nic White and Filipo Daugunu, outdoing two from Wales through Ryan Elias and Tompkins.

"The red card is one of those ones, it's clumsy, but these days it is a red card," Wales captain Ellis Jenkins told Amazon Prime Video.

Andrew Kellaway, pictured here receiving treatment during the Wallabies' loss to Wales.
Andrew Kellaway receives treatment during the Wallabies' loss to Wales. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

"It was a tough one, we made it more difficult for ourselves than we had to. They played some lovely stuff, it's lung-busting trying to defend it.

"Sometimes you need to win ugly and we'll take that today."

Jenkins' Australian counterpart James Slipper rued a lack of discipline.

"In Test matches you can't win when you put yourself under that pressure," he said.

"We put ourselves in a position to win it at the end, they showed a lot of character to fight tooth and nail.

"But Wales were just good enough to get the win."

with AAP

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