Graham Price: Unheralded Wales star must start against Australia but captain needs to demand more

Wales against Australia was always going to be a massive game at this Rugby World Cup but Fiji’s victory over Eddie Jones’ side has added extra significance to this Test match.

I’m confident Wales will beat Australia but they will need to control the game a damn sight better than they have so far. The first thing Warren Gatland needs his men to fix is their discipline while they also need to stick to the game-plan.

Sadly there was very little of either on display against Portugal. Against Fiji they gave away 17 penalties while they also conceded 11 against Portugal which is far too high.

The victory over Portugal was badly executed from start to finish and the game management was poor throughout. There was no control over what was happening and if there was we’d have won the game by half-time.

It wasn’t until the third minute of injury time that we actually scored our bonus-point try and that was after Portugal were reduced to 14 men. Our mistakes and ill-discipline allowed Portugal to stay in the game, and I say that without any disrespect intended to Portugal, who I believe really stepped up to the mark on the day. We could have also easily lost to Fiji at the death if Semi Radradra hadn’t knocked the ball on with the try line at his mercy.

We have a very good chance of knocking Australia out of the World Cup but have to show a lot more leadership on the field, while the game management needs to be spot on.

Wales need to be better at reading how the game develops in front of them and how it fits into the overall game plan. Against both Fiji and Portugal, there was a lack of control by the half-backs which contributed to two very unconvincing performances.

That lack of control was compounded by ill-discipline, unforced errors, and a lack of composure which meant we only functioned in fits and starts. In Jac Morgan we have a captain who is inexperienced at Test level, let alone at Rugby World Cup level where experience counts the most.

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