Wales v Australia tactical analysis: An in-depth look at how the thrilling new approach was undone by age-old issues

The Australian jinx continued as Wales fell to another defeat against the Wallabies – with Warren Gatland’s men falling to a 13th consecutive loss.

Much of the talk beforehand had been about Wales’ new approach to attack, with many excited to see whether the national team could walk the walk after talking the talk for so long.

And, to an extent, they did not disappoint.

The attack, while still a bit green and naive, showed some promise and would have surprised many.

But it was the chronic flaws that have dogged Gatland’s team since the 2015 World Cup that came back to bite them.

So where did Wales show progress? And where did they regress?

We went back over the tapes to find out.

How the new midfield actually functioned

Owen Williams was undoubtedly the big news when it came to Gatland’s selection – and it did not take long to see how the Gloucester playmaker fitted in.

Williams gave a good account of himself at inside centre – but his best contributions, and indeed some of Wales’ best attacks, came from first-receiver.

Williams and fly-half Dan Biggar dovetailed nicely, switching between fly-half and centre in a way not seen under Gatland since James Hook and Gavin Henson during the 2008 Grand Slam.

The 25-year-old slotted in at first-receiver from two lineouts in the first ten minutes, with Dan Biggar lurking behind and Taulupe Faletau running a hard line off him.

Owen Williams takes the ball at first-receiver with Taulupe Faletau, as Dan Biggar waits in the back-field for the second phase

As Wales recycle the ball, Biggar now sits in the fly-half position, with Jonathan Davies running a straight line and Steff Evans following the play from deep.

And the Scarlets flyer receives the screen pass as Wales showed their intent to play early on.

On second phase ball, Biggar takes it in the first-receiver slot, with Jonathan Davies running a hard line and Steff Evans running behind on a screen pass

Williams again steps…

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