A late Richie Rees try wasn't enough to lift a spirited Wales to victory over Australia - with the visitors running in three tries for the win at the Millennium Stadium.
Wallabies David Pocock, Kurtley Beale and Ben Alexander all went over for tries and produced some free-flowing rugby in the second half despite their scrummaging difficulties.
Wales failed to capitalise on that forward dominance and only had the converted Rees try and three Stephen Jones penalties to show for their efforts.
The hosts made an impressive start to open the scoring with little over a minute gone when Australian hooker, Saia Faingaa, was penalised for offside leaving Jones to kick from in front of the posts.
The visitors responded immediately with a period of sustained pressure in Welsh territory,Pocock eventually going over after good work from Will Genia before James O’Connor added the extras.
The dominant Welsh scrum threatened to produce for the home side but Jones hooked his penalty past the left-hand post after Faingaa was penalised for popping out under the pressure of the Welsh front row.
Just past the half-hour mark Wales’ resilient display was rewarded when they were given another penalty at the line-out only ten yards from the Australian line
Mark Chisholm was pulled up interfering at the jump and after momentarily considering the scrum Jones reduced the deficit to one point at half time.
The Wallabies struck first after the interval with some quick counter-attacking that was too hot for the Welsh to handle.
Pocock won turnover ball inside his own half and Beale was fortunate for his deflected kick go straight to Benn Robinson.
The full-back eventually finished a flowing move as accepting O'Connor's inside pass to dive over.
Australia were penalised for collapsing the scrum to allow Jones the opportunity to bring the score back to 15-9 with 52 minutes played.
The Wallabies ran in their third try on the hour mark when Cooper robbed Bradley Davies and the ball was spun from left to right before O’Connor fed inside for Alexander to score his first international try.
O’Connor extended the lead to 22-9 after Shanklin was sin-binned but Wales gave themselves hope ten minutes from time courtesy of Rees’ try.
Australia put the game beyond any doubt when Wales were caught offside in front of their own posts leaving O’Connor to kick the final points.