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Wales fighting for their lives

WALES v Australia

Tomorrow (ko 2.30) Live BBC1

Warren Gatland's Wales must win tomorrow at the Millennium Stadium to salvage something from their autumn Series, but also to stay in the world's top eight.

Last year's World Cup semi-finalists and this year's grand slam champions will suffer the indignity of being drawn in tier three in next Monday's World Cup draw if they get beaten by the Wallabies. Embarrassing defeats to Argentina and Samoa were followed up by an improved performance against the All Blacks last weekend.

Australia will have the mental edge over the Welsh after a 3-0 series win Down Under in June but Gethin Jenkins expects the Reds to turn those narrow defeats into victory tomorrow.


"We know from the summer how good a team Australia are," he said.

"We've really got to pick our game up this week and try and get that win.

"It's all about getting out on the field and imposing ourselves early doors.

"Australia know a lot about us but we learned a lot about what it's like to play them in the summer in that three-match series. We were disappointed to lose that series but now have a chance to put that right."

For Australia, tomorrow's game represents the last time captain Nathan Sharpe will pull on the yellow jersey and full-back Berrick Barnes, who will be playing in his 50th, would love to give Sharpe the perfect send-off.

"We're playing for Sharpey in this one but it's obviously how we get out of the blocks too," he said.

"I don't think we'll be breathing fire and getting too carried away with it all."