Wales beaten by Australia

Wales are beaten 30-26 by Australia in the final Test of the autumn internationals, at the Millennium Stadium.

George North: Wales must be more clinical

George North says that Wales have to be more clinical, and accurate when they have chances, if they are to bridge the gap to the top southern hemisphere sides.

The 21-year-old scored both of Wales' tries, as they were beaten 30-26 by Australia in the final game of the autumn internationals on Saturday.

The result means Wales have lost their last 18 Tests against the southern hemisphere's big three - which also includes South Africa and New Zealand.

Wales were narrowly beaten by Australia, despite North's brace of tries. Credit: PA

"The good thing is we are competing regularly with the top three, but to push on we have to be clinical and accurate when we have chances", said North - who started on the wing against Australia but finished the game at centre.

"We've shown we are competing well, but we haven't got that little edge yet. We came off the gas a little bit, and we have to be clinical. When we have them on the ropes and know we are on top of them physically, we have to push on."

Wales lose out to Australia 26-30

Australia celebrate scoring their second try just before the end of the first half Credit: David Davies/PA Images

Wales ended their Autumn international series with a heartbreaking defeat against the Wallabies.

It was a non-stop first half with tries from both sides.

George North put Wales in the lead with a try in the first two minutes.

The teams went into the second half with just a point between them.

Australia widened the gap in the second half with a penalty followed by a converted try by Joe Tomane.

George North scored his second 10 minutes later to make it 23-30. Rhys Priestland added another 3 points to the scoreboard with a penalty, but Wales failed to get that all-important final try which would've seen them end their Autumn series with a victory.

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Match preview: Wales V Australia

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Wales have lost two out of three games in the Autumn Internationals Credit: PA

Captain Sam Warburton has challenged his team ahead of their clash with Australia. He says the squad will need to raise their game if they are to secure a win against the Wallabies.

Wales have failed to boast a victory since 2008, losing in eight consecutive tests.

The return of Alex Cuthbert puts the Welsh squad in a confident position to play a level game. Elsewhere, flanker Dan Lydiate sits on the back row.

Warburton says the recent lions success will not have any bearing on this game and Wales must strive to end the southern hemisphere jinx.