Wales 40-6 Australia: Record win sends Warren Gatland's side through to the World Cup knockouts

Wales celebrate a record victory over Australia
Wales celebrate a record victory over Australia Credit: PA Images

Wales have secured their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a record-breaking 40-6 win over Australia in Lyon.

Replacement fly-half Gareth Anscombe scored 23 points as Wales romped to their biggest ever win over the Wallabies.

With their first real attack of the match, Wales' Nick Tompkins sent captain Jac Morgan scything through the Aussie defence around the halfway line. He drew the last man and fed Gareth Davies, who had enough speed to get over. Dan Biggar's conversion made it 7-0 after 3 minutes.

Australia soon hit back, though, with a penalty from Ben Donaldson after the men in red strayed offside in their own 22.

Wales then suffered a blow when fly-half Biggar was forced from the field after injuring his chest in a tackle. Gareth Anscombe replaced him after 12 minutes.

The Wallabies then won a scrum penalty with a dominant shove and Donaldson knocked over his second penalty of the night.

In the 19th minute, Tom Hooper was penalised for going in the side but Anscombe hit the post from 40 metres out. But he sorted his radar a minute later, nailing the next penalty from a tighter angle.

Just before the half hour mark, Australia turned down an easy shot and goal and kicked to the corner. They lost the ensuing lineout and captain Morgan unleashed a huge 50:22 from deep inside his own half.

The Wallabies then infringed and Anscombe clipped over another three points.

Wales appeared comfortable spending long periods without the ball and were making the vast majority of the tackles. But they extended their lead shortly before half time with another Anscombe penalty.

Louis Rees-Zammit got over the line with the final play of the half but couldn't get the ball down and Wales led by 10 at the break.

Anscombe extended Wales' lead early in the second half after a scrum penalty, making the deficit 13 points.

Then Wales landed another big blow. Anscombe dinked over the onrushing Aussie defence and Nick Tompkins latched onto it to score his side's second try. The conversion opened up a 20-point lead.

Soon after, Anscombe added another two penalties to widen the margin further.

By this point, the game was over as a contest but Anscombe chipped over a drop goal with 10 minutes remaining.

With two minutes on the clock captain Morgan added another try after a powerful driving maul.

Wales: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis; Will Rowlands, Adam Beard; Aaron Wainwright, Jac Morgan (C), Taulupe Faletau.

Reps: Elliot Dee, Corey Domachowski, Henry Thomas, Dafydd Jenkins, Taine Basham, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Rio Dyer.

Australia: Andrew Kellaway; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Ben Donaldson, Tate McDermott; Angus Bell, David Porecki (C), James Slipper; Nick Frost, Richard Arnold; Rob Leota, Tom Hooper, Rob Valetini.

Reps: Matt Faesslerk, Blake Schoupp, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Philip, Fraser McReight, Nic White, Carter Gordon, Suli Vunivalu.