A tour-threatening hamstring injury to powerful Wallabies prop Pone Fa’amausili took gloss from Australia A’s 15-try shootout in Osaka tonight.
The fighting qualities from the Australian outfit had to be admired even in a high-scoring 52-48 loss because time and again they rallied when behind for the whole match.
The men in gold scored eight tries to seven as the tempo of the clash in perfect conditions more resembled a frantic T20 cricket match.
Two-try flanker Brad Wilkin, experienced lock Ned Hanigan and winger Mark Nawaqanitawase all excelled. Replacement halfback Ryan Lonergan sparked the second half comeback with his smart service, Dylan Pietsch showed his finishing ability with two tries, prop Tom Robertson never stopped and fullback Tom Banks booked his Wallabies tour to…