Wallabies 20 Wales 19

Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Rugby Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Allianz Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Tough match ... Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled.

You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''

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The Wallabies are certainly the masters of suspense. And Wales are now suffering from vertigo and feeling as disorientated as Cary Grant when chased by a crop duster in North By Northwest as they ponder what on earth they have to do to win an international on Australian soil.

Rob Horne makes a clean break. Click for more photos

Australia complete clean sweep over Wales

Rob Horne makes a clean break. Photo: Anthony Johnson

After the three-Test series ended with another drama-soaked international at Allianz Stadium yesterday, you have to feel sorry for Wales because they smashed the Wallabies up front, probably deserved a few more penalties to go their way, but missed out on victory because their opponents have taken over the All Blacks' mantle as the most blessed international team running around.

Yet again the Wallabies somehow held on, relying on a Berrick Barnes penalty kick in the 74th minute for an important series whitewash over the Grand Slam Six Nations victors. It showed the Wallabies, as their coach Robbie Deans put it last night, have acquired the required level of discipline and composure to now consistently win the big ones. And that is so important if the Wallabies want to be the No.1 team in the world. As is luck going your way.

Even though it was the third tight Test in a row, as a spectacle it was far inferior to the first or second international. You could understand the Waratahs in the line-up being spooked by the occasion as they're not used to playing in front of a capacity crowd at their home ground. These perennial losers are more attuned to appearing in front of only the hungry and lost.

But not Wales, who are accustomed to Millennium Stadium mania in Cardiff. However they were way out of whack in the opening half, and that was when they lost the game. The visitors turned the restarts into a Keystone Kops caper, fumbling virtually every kick that came their way. It was as if some gorilla had thrown a pile of banana skins on the field. The Welsh could also find no peace at the tackle, as referee Craig Joubert constantly pounced on them for not releasing.

Joubert and the touch judges then started penalising Wales for offside play. Then they found another reason to stop the play, and another, and another. No wonder an exasperated Welsh coach Rob Howley said at one stage he thought ''there were three referees out there''.

The capacity crowd, so excited to be back in rugby heartland on a sunny afternoon, wanted plenty, but it didn't come because Joubert was a dreadful party pooper, an unnecessary breakdown pedant. And he's supposed to be the best referee in the world. Not on that performance.

The audience soon grew sick of Joubert's intrusive nature, which involved 24 penalties and three free kicks, because they had not paid money to see an endless kick-off between Barnes and Leigh Halfpenny. On an afternoon where rugby needed to be seen in its best light, it was obstructed by someone who should have remembered he was there to be seen and not heard. It was as if his prime aim was to impress the IRB referees assessor sitting in the stand. It freed up a little after the break. But not much. Joubert remained the centre attraction. Free-flowing football moments were few and far between, and the Australian scrum continued to degenerate, with the Wallabies' front row putting on Ossie Ostrich suits, constantly going head first into the turf.

Wales found their feet when focused on their scrum ascendancy, making the Wallabies pay after 60 minutes when their No.8 Ryan Jones charged from one set piece to score under the posts. This woke up the Wallabies, taking only four minutes for them to find reward for at last being expansive when centre Rob Horne suddenly found himself in open territory, wedging the ball between his arm and his leg to score their only try to retake the lead. Then came the usual series see-saw, with the lead going this way and that, before Barnes gutted Wales again

You almost expected Alfred Hitchcock to appear out of the mist from the Wallabies' dressing room last night and utter: ''Good evening.''

The Wallabies are certainly the masters of suspense. And Wales are now suffering from vertigo and feeling as disorientated as Cary Grant when chased by a crop duster in North By Northwest as they ponder what on earth they have to do to win an international on Australian soil.

After the three-Test series ended with another drama-soaked international at Allianz Stadium yesterday, you have to feel sorry for Wales because they smashed the Wallabies up front, probably deserved a few more penalties to go their way, but missed out on victory because their opponents have taken over the All Blacks' mantle as the most blessed international team running around.

Yet again the Wallabies somehow held on, relying on a Berrick Barnes penalty kick in the 74th minute for an important series whitewash over the Grand Slam Six Nations victors. It showed the Wallabies, as their coach Robbie Deans put it last night, have acquired the required level of discipline and composure to now consistently win the big ones. And that is so important if the Wallabies want to be the No.1 team in the world. As is luck going your way.

Even though it was the third tight Test in a row, as a spectacle it was far inferior to the first or second international. You could understand the Waratahs in the line-up being spooked by the occasion as they're not used to playing in front of a capacity crowd at their home ground. These perennial losers are more attuned to appearing in front of only the hungry and lost.

But not Wales, who are accustomed to Millennium Stadium mania in Cardiff. However they were way out of whack in the opening half, and that was when they lost the game. The visitors turned the restarts into a Keystone Kops caper, fumbling virtually every kick that came their way. It was as if some gorilla had thrown a pile of banana skins on the field. The Welsh could also find no peace at the tackle, as referee Craig Joubert constantly pounced on them for not releasing.

Joubert and the touch judges then started penalising Wales for offside play. Then they found another reason to stop the play, and another, and another. No wonder an exasperated Welsh coach Rob Howley said at one stage he thought ''there were three referees out there''.

The capacity crowd, so excited to be back in rugby heartland on a sunny afternoon, wanted plenty, but it didn't come because Joubert was a dreadful party pooper, an unnecessary breakdown pedant. And he's supposed to be the best referee in the world. Not on that performance.

The audience soon grew sick of Joubert's intrusive nature, which involved 24 penalties and three free kicks, because they had not paid money to see an endless kick-off between Barnes and Leigh Halfpenny. On an afternoon where rugby needed to be seen in its best light, it was obstructed by someone who should have remembered he was there to be seen and not heard. It was as if his prime aim was to impress the IRB referees assessor sitting in the stand. It freed up a little after the break. But not much. Joubert remained the centre attraction. Free-flowing football moments were few and far between, and the Australian scrum continued to degenerate, with the Wallabies' front row putting on Ossie Ostrich suits, constantly going head first into the turf.

Wales found their feet when focused on their scrum ascendancy, making the Wallabies pay after 60 minutes when their No.8 Ryan Jones charged from one set piece to score under the posts. This woke up the Wallabies, taking only four minutes for them to find reward for at last being expansive when centre Rob Horne suddenly found himself in open territory, wedging the ball between his arm and his leg to score their only try to retake the lead. Then came the usual series see-saw, with the lead going this way and that, before Barnes gutted Wales again

AUSTRALIA 20 (Rob Horne try Berrick Barnes 5 pens) bt WALES 19 (Ryan Jones try Leigh Halfpenny con 4 pens) at Allianz Stadium. Referee: Craig Joubert. Crowd: 42,889.

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