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Batting dynamo Glenn Maxwell encouraged to show greater patience

There is no denying Glenn Maxwell’s talent but Victorian coach David Saker says the man with all the shots “needs the penny to drop pretty quickly” if he is to forge a consistent international career.

Saker sat Maxwell down on Saturday and stressed the need to show greater patience when the situation warrants this after Maxwell was dismissed for four in the Bushrangers’ failed run-chase against Queensland on Friday.

The Bushrangers had already ceded two wickets when Maxwell, batting at No. 4, unnecessarily lofted a shot off Mark Steketee and was caught, leaving his team limping at 3-26.

The dismissal also caught the eye of n coach and selector Darren Lehmann, who made his feelings clear in a radio interview in Perth over the weekend.

“He’s exciting but we have to see him be really hungry to make big runs. Take the example of his performance on Friday. He was out caught at deep third man, where the wicket was low and slow,” Lehmann said.

“He really could have played a technical innings, which we know he can do. We want to see him perform on all types of wickets. He’s got the whole game to play all the shots but it’s a case of him staying in.”

Maxwell, 26, has battled his natural tendency to attempt audacious shots with the need to show the discipline required when conditions don’t suit or the bowlers are enjoying a probing spell.

He hopes to add to his three Tests but will face a major fight to do so unless he can consistently contribute big innings. He averages 40 in first-class cricket at a strike rate of 76.5 (Steve Smith has a strike rate of 57.20), with five centuries.

Ahead of the Bushrangers’ one-day clash against Western at Blacktown Oval on Monday, Saker said the man dubbed “The Big Show” needed to better assess the moment he found himself in.

“Glenn Maxwell is a ridiculous talent. I think he can play all levels of cricket and be very successful but the real great players  have been able to adapt and change their game according to the conditions,” Saker said.

“He just needs to take 10 or 20 balls more on occasions to make sure he was aware of what the pitch is doing, what the bowlers are trying to do.

“He has made his name for being The Big Show, I suppose. It has been put in front of him that he has to entertain but, the best at the top level in some conditions, you have to change.

“The great players do, the very good players do a little bit and the ‘joe average’ players don’t. He has got that ridiculous talent, I think he will get there but I think he needs that penny to drop pretty quickly.”

Saker said Maxwell handled their chat on Saturday “really well”, with Saker, the former Victorian quick and England bowling coach, adding that “I just said I am not doing by job if I don’t tell you my opinion of what you need to be to be great”.

“He was quite adamant he probably wasn’t giving himself enough time but I am sure he will get a chance [on Monday] and do exactly that,” he said.

Former England batting maverick Kevin Pietersen offered Maxwell advice when they played together for the Melbourne Stars in last summer’s Big Bash League.

While Pietersen’s desire to be aggressive, and even a showman, could land him in trouble, he would be England’s leading runscorer in all forms of international cricket by the time his career was over.

“I didn’t bring KP’s name up but I bring up names who have done it [scored runs], day in, day out,” Saker said.

“I suppose KP is a poignant point with him  because it’s very similar. You would really like him to be a consistent performer every time he steps out.

“KP is a good one in a sense. Darren Lehmann himself was a player who always tried to be aggressive but found a way to adapt in all conditions.”

Competition does have its drawbacks

Competition is billed by economists as a wonderful thing, the invisible restrainer of a capitalist economy and essential to ensuring consumers get a good deal.

However, many economists aren’t as conscious as they should be that competition has costs as well as benefits.

It’s true, of course, that monopoly is usually a terrible thing, allowing arrogant, inflexible behaviour on the part of producers, with little pressure on them to keep prices down or to provide much choice. Dealing with government departments shows you what monopolies are like.

Economists tend to assume the more competition the better and that customers can never get too much choice. However, this shows how – despite their loud protestations to the contrary – their thinking is excessively influenced by their most basic, least realistic model of “perfect competition”.

Psychological experiments show that when shoppers face too much choice, they tend to avoid making a decision. That’s because the information they need to make informed choices isn’t freely available and because the human mind hasn’t evolved to be good at choosing between more than two items with differing characteristics.

Many real-world markets are characterised by oligopoly: a few large firms accounting for most of the sales. Oligopolies make economic sense because they’re needed to fully exploit economies of scale (which are assumed away under perfect competition). So, in reality, competition and scale economies are in conflict.

In oligopolies and even in markets with a relatively large number of producers, competition is blunted by product differentiation, much of which is cosmetic. As with most advertising, product differentiation is intended to induce consumers to make decisions on an emotional rather than rational basis.

Phoney differentiation is also intended to frustrate rational comparison. It’s not by chance that it’s almost impossible to compare mobile phone contracts.

When economists speak of competition, they’re usually thinking of competition on price. However, though oligopolists watch their competitors like hawks, they much prefer to avoid price competition, competing rather via advertising, marketing, packaging and other differentiation.

Mackay’s Law of competition states that the key to competition is to focus on the customer, not your competitor. However, this is what oligopolists don’t do.

In the real world – including the media – competitor-oriented competition is rife. This robs customers of genuine choice. It’s a form of risk aversion: if I do the same as my competitor, I minimise the risk of him beating me.

It’s what, in Harold Hotelling’s classic example, prompts two ice-cream sellers to be back-to-back in the middle of the beach, regardless of whether some other positioning would serve customers better. It explains why business economists’ forecasts tend to cluster, usually around the official forecast.

In his book The Darwin Economy, Robert Frank, of Cornell University, argues that lefties tend to see inadequate competition as the most prevalent form of market failure, whereas it’s actually “collective action problems”.

A collective action problem arises when the players in a market realise they’re doing something mutually destructive, but no one’s game to stop doing it for fear of being creamed by their competitors.

Usually in commercial markets the only answer is for the government to intervene and impose a solution on all players; for which they’re grateful.

However, that’s no help to our political parties, which have got themselves locked in a game of ever-declining standards of behaviour they don’t know how to escape from. It’s collective action problems that make it so easy for the politicians to manipulate the media.

The advocates of federalism believe it’s good to have the states free to be different and competing against each other. In reality, the competition is mainly negative. The states compete to attract foreign investors with special tax concessions and the foreigners play them off against each other.

In the early 1970s, the McMahon government transferred its payroll tax to the states to give them the “growth tax” they needed to cover their growing spending. In the decades since then, they’ve done little but compete with the others by raising their tax-free thresholds and cutting their rates.

The huge increase in federal grants to private schools over recent decades was justified as increasing parents’ choice and imposing competitive pressure on public schools. There’s little evidence it’s worked, nor much even that it’s held down private school fees.

Similarly, Julia Gillard’s My School website, with all its information about the academic performance of particular schools, intended to increase competition between them, has failed to produce any increase in the proportion of students achieving national minimum standards in reading, writing and numeracy over the five years to 2014.

Depending on circumstances, competition can make things better or worse – or little different.

Twitter: @1RossGittins.

Simon Moore century saves day for Merewether

Michael Hogan bowling for Merewether on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMEREWETHER coach Brad Bannister said his side’s middle order had work to do after skipper Simon Moore and returning first-class quick Michael Hogan came to the rescue to keep the Newcastle district cricket premiers unbeaten.

Western and Glamorgan paceman Hogan was the headline act on Saturday as he started a cameo return to Merewether against Stockton-Raymond Terrace at Townson Oval in round two on Saturday.

However, the towering quick became the supporting act as brother-in-law Moore carried his bat with 144 not out off 142 balls to inspire Merewether to 9-237 off their 50 overs.

Moore hit 20 fours and a six as he helped the side recover from 5-55, the time when Hogan joined him at the crease.

Hogan was next best with the bat with 28 then took 3-34 off 9.5 overs as Stockton fell for 223 in 49.5 overs. Dan Upward (61) top-scored for Stockton and Nick Foster took 4-47 for the visitors.

In the absence of Troy Goodwin, Mark Cameron and Sam Gilmour, Bannister was thankful to have the experience and composure of Moore, who also filled in as wicketkeeper.

“We were in a bit of trouble at 5-55 and we have got a little bit of work to do with our middle order, but just having someone like Moorey there to do what he does and to carry his bat was amazing,” Bannister said.

“He doesn’t get rattled and he can slow the game down. Then at the end he helped us score 35 off the last three overs, and that’s exactly what we needed because Stockton ended up only 14 runs short.

“Simon and I agreed we dodged a bullet against Charlestown the week before.

“They should have won that game, but our experience got us home in the end, and it was the same on the weekend.”

Goodwin, who is recovering from a stroke, played second grade on Saturday, and Bannister was hopeful the former NSW Country batsman could bolster the middle order this season.

The result and a six-run win over Charlestown leave Merewether second after two rounds on 12 points.

A five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick from Grant Stewart, inspired University to top spot with a bonus-point win over Hamilton-Wickham at Uni Oval.

Michael Radnidge scored 52 not out as Uni made 178 in 46.3 overs. Sam Webber finished with 3-23 for Hamwicks.

Stewart then ripped through Hamwicks with 5-34, including bowling Josh Trappel and Rhys Hanlon for ducks as the visitors fell for 109. Luke Bird took 3-13.

n under-17 batsman Jason Sangha was the star for Wallsend with 118 against Waratah-Mayfield in his return from representative duties.

Sangha hit 14 fours and two sixes in his 131-ball knock as Wallsend made 9-255 then dismissed Waratah for 113 in just 20 overs at Farley Oval to secure two bonus points.

It came just two days after Sangha was the only Cricket XI under-16 player picked in the under-17 team after the national titles in Brisbane.

Michael Redpath made 53 and Ben Pomplun took 3-47 for Waratah. Jared Forbes claimed 3-13 for Wallsend.

Aaron Payne took 3-52 to help Charlestown secure a bonus-point win over Newcastle City at Learmonth Park.

Openers James Rushford (57) and Colby Gallagher (47) laid the platform for Charlestown’s 8-252. Bryce Garrett (42) was City’s best with the bat as they fell for 199 in reply.

Skipper Mark Littlewood scored 126 not out to lead Belmont to victory and a bonus point against Cardiff-Boolaroo at Cahill Oval.

Belmont made 8-252 then knocked over Cardiff for 154 in 44.4 overs as part-timer Craig Slavek took 4-18. Matt Everett top-scored with 48 in his second game for Cardiff, while Johnathon Maloney took 3-69.

Andrew Nicolai led the way with bat and ball for Toronto in their double bonus-point win over Wests at Harker Oval. Nicolai top-scored with 63 in Toronto’s 7-221 and took 3-15 as Wests were bundled out for 106 in 38 overs. Brin Osland took 3-13 and Nathan Hudson 3-2.

Jason Day can expect hero’s welcome in Melbourne at golf World Cup

Golf’s World Cup in Melbourne next year will provide a fitting stage for Jason Day to experience the hero’s homecoming similar to the one Adam Scott relished after winning the US Masters.

Officials expect world No.2 Day to return to next summer to defend the World Cup title he and Adam Scott won in 2013 and believe his presence could have strong flow-on effects for the country’s other domestic events.

It is hoped Day will factor in to his schedule appearances at the n Open event and the European Tour co-sanctioned n PGA Championship next summer, the World Cup team’s event.

Officials are hoping Day’s story as a first-time major winner this year will create the same rise in galleries and TV ratings that Scott’s green jacket tour and quest for the “Scotty Slam” did in 2013.

“Jason has said he is really excited about the prospect of the World Cup being played in again,” PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn said on Sunday.

“He has also showed a desire to come back to recently and he has always said that the n Open and the PGA Championship are two trophies he would love to put his name on,” he said.

“So if he comes back to defend the World Cup crown he won with Adam Scott last time, then it could all work into a great homecoming for him and a chance for the fans to celebrate the success he has had.

“The reason it would be fitting is that Day’s victory in front of his home fans at Royal Melbourne in the 2013 World Cup – both in the individual event and the team’s event – was his first big-league win.”

Victoria will host both the World Cup in 2016 and the Presidents Cup in 2019 after major announcements made over the weekend in Korea, the host country for this year’s Presidents Cup won by the US on Sunday.

The World Cup will provide n fans with a taste of the teams event drama that makes the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup such captivating viewing. Last time the format of the World Cup at Royal Melbourne  was changed so that it could be used as a prototype for golf at the Olympics.

It had a “teams element”, which was won by Team , but the major focus was on the individual event won by Day, which offered a $7 million prize pool and official world ranking points. However the format will revert to its traditional team focus next year, with the highest-ranked player on the world golf rankings from each participating country given the chance to hand pick a partner to play with.

There will be no individual event, only two-man teams from each country playing four stroke-play rounds of “best ball” and “alternate shot” – the modes used in the Presidents Cup.

A survey of players after the 2013 World Cup revealed the appeal of the event was playing in the same group as their partner for the whole tournament and attacking the event as a country playing for pride. In 2013, players were paired based on their position in the individual event. Day and Scott, after winning, were two players who called for the format to be changed.

Matt Lister wins W.E. Alexander Tournament 2015 after entering at last minute

Former n PGA Championship winner Col Johnson, left, with Matt Lister on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMEREWETHER golfer Matt Lister was not going to compete in his first W.E. Alexander tournament until the day before the event.

Now the 28-year-old is excited about the prospect of competing against some of the best up-and-coming players in the world in the Lake Macquarie Amateur in January after winning the Waratah Golf Club’s Vardon marquee event on Sunday.

Lister showed composure to par the closing holes and earn a one-shot win over 36 holes with a one-under 141.

He shot 71 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday to beat Charlestown’s Izzy Melia and Dubbo’s Matt Egan, who both carded 142. Waratah’s Ben Hillard had 144, along with David Cook.

Playing off a minus-one handicap, Lister made a late decision to try his luck in the W.E. Alexander as he builds back into regular competition golf after a period of playing sparingly because of work and other commitments.

“I only decided to play on Friday,” Lister said.

“I’ve just started getting back into it, and I wanted to start playing these types of events.

“I tried once before at the Moss Vale and Long Reef amateurs.

“It rained and I had no wet-weather gear and I shot hundreds, so I thought it was time to give it a go again.

“It just happened to work well. I hit it well and I’m really happy with it.”

Traditionally, the W.E. Alexander winner gains exemption into the Lake Macquarie Amateur, which attracts aspiring professionals from all over the world each year.

“It will be good to play in that for the first time,” Lister said.

“But other than that we’ve got our club championships in November, and that’s why I’ve been getting back into it.

“The last month I’ve been playing every Saturday, which has helped to get some consistency back.”

Opie Bosson counting the days to the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan

New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson was disappointed not to win Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes on Mongolian Khan but he knows a bigger prize might be only seven days away.

The New Zealand and n Derby winner was made the $4.60 favourite for the Caulfield Cup after his eye-catching third to Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes. It is the first of two targets trainer Murray Baker  set Mongolian Khan  after his impressive autumn.

“I don’t know what would have happened if I got clear at the top of the straight,” Bosson said. “His last 100 metres was outstanding, he was really trucking to the line. He is just looking for the 2400 metres now. That run couldn’t have been any better and I can’t wait for next week.”

Baker has twice had to settle for second in the Caulfield Cup – with n Derby winner  Nom Du Jeu in 2009 and Harris Tweed the following year.

“Mongolian Khan is on track and we know he is going to be better at 2400 next week,” Baker said.

Ladbrokes firmed Mongolian Khan to $6.50 after his  run on Saturday, but by Sunday he was a  $4.60 favourite.

“He was hard to miss. It reminded me of Ethereal’s  third in the race to Northerly in 2001 and she went on to win both cups,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “The weight-for-age races are always the best guide to the Caulfield Cup and he has been finishing on their heels in those races and got to a trip that suited him better on Saturday.”

The n Derby form appears to be a strong reference with Hauraki, runner-up at Randwick to Mongolian Khan in April, on the third line of betting with VRC Oaks winner Set Square at $9.

The Japanese once again have a strong hand with Fame Game at $8 and Hokko Brave at $11. Hong Kong-based Zac Purton has flown in from Hong Kong to give Fame Game his final gallop at Werribee on Monday morning.

Purton  won the race last year on Admire Rakti for Japan and the TAB’s Glenn Munsie said they offer the X-factor in the race in the punters’ minds.

“If you take a line through Admire Rakti last year, they were too good for our stayers. Even though he had top weight he won easily,” Munsie said. “Fame Game has been a loser in our book for a long time and they haven’t forgotten to back Hokko Brave with us either. Mongolian Khan is the other one in the top three because of what he has done this spring. Personally, I don’t see this group of n stayers having the depth and quality of last year. Set Square is the one that stands out. She has been set for the race and comes out of the Turnbull Stakes, where she ran  third, and that looks strong form, as usual. I find it hard to find Hauraki because he struggled in Melbourne in the autumn and it will be his first time there since.”

There are still a number of well-fancied horses struggling to make the field, even though Turnbull winner Preferment and the impressive Herbert Power winner Amralah will not accept.

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea is disappointed that it looks like the in-form Complacent will miss the final field. He is behind raider Quest For More in the order of entry.

“If Complacent gets a run James [McDonald] will ride him. If he doesn’t he will be on Hauraki. It is a tough year when a horse like Complacent can’t get in the Caulfield Cup,” O’Shea said. “We were hoping to have three, but Magic Hurricane, even though he won the Metropolitan last start, looks no hope.”

There is hope for those  outside with Kris Lees to make a final decision on whether Lucia Valentina  accepts after she gallops on Tuesday.

Wildfires improve despite loss to Vikings

Blair Rush jumps in a lineout against the Vikings.THE Emerging Wildfires have been together only two weeks, but No.8 Mac Rae can sense a team feel about the program developing.

The Wildfires pushed the previously unchallenged Canberra Vikings development squad in a 43-21 defeat on Saturday in Canberra.

The scoreline was similar to the 45-23 loss to Sydney Galaxy, but it was a step up.

“I think it is fantastic that we have been given this opportunity,” said Rae, who skippered the Wildfires.

“Everyone has realised what this level is like.

“We gave them a good test.

“It was unfortunate, but it is just those little one per centers that we have not quite got right . . . knock-ons at crucial times, not capitalising from set pieces.

“Credit to Canberra, they were able to strike back from those mistakes.

“It has only been two weeks, so you can’t expect miracles, but it is pretty impressive how the team is coming together.

“We all forget what club we are from and become one. That is starting to show on the field as we progress.”

The Wildfires held the big Vikings pack early before conceding two late tries to go to the break 19-0 down.

“Entering the game [coach] Todd Louden put a big emphasis on character, especially in defence,” said Rae, who started at No.8 before switching to the side of the scrum in the second half.

“At half-time he reiterated that. We started to play with a bit more width. They had a few big units and we are able to move them around a fair bit.”

Fly-half Jason Keelan led the rival. He took on the line and committed defenders. Prop Andrew Tuala and hooker Chris Pusi bent the defensive line and Adrian Delore was dangerous from fullback.

The Wildfires play the first of consecutive home games against Greater Sydney Rams development squad at Ernie Calland Oval on Saturday from 3.30pm.

Philippa Anderson signs on for Mattara men’s contest

Philippa Anderson will compete against the men in the Mattara Pro this weekend. Picture: Simone De PeakPHILIPPA Anderson will follow in the wake of multiple world champions Layne Beachley and Carissa Moore when she competes against the men in an ASP/WSL event this weekend at the Mattara Pro.

The Merewether natural-footer entered the one-star, qualifying series contest on Friday and is set to become just the third woman to take on the men at second-tier level on the World Surf League or Association of Surfing Professionals tour.


Seven-time world champion Beachley competed against the men in the Mark Richards Pro in Newcastle at Surfest in 2004 as a wildcard. She lost to three-time world champion Andy Irons in a famous battle-of-the-sexes heat in front of 20,000 spectators.

Moore, who is close to her third world title, competed twice in her native Hawaii against the men in prime-rated contests in 2011 and did not progress past her first heats.

Although joining a select group, Anderson is no stranger to taking on the boys.

In 2013, she became the first female to compete at the Mattara Surf Classic, which has risen to WSL level this year and is celebrating its 54th edition.

She progressed past her first heat and has also had success against male opposition in the Merewether Surfboard Club open division and at their annual Ray Richards Man On Man Memorial in recent years.

With the women’s QS series finished for the year, Anderson is looking for all the competition practice she can get as she builds towards her 2016 campaign.

She fell short of the championship tour with a QS ranking of 13th this year.

“I haven’t surfed a heat in a while, so it will be good to get it all fresh,” Anderson said.

“I love competing, and I always want to win. I don’t mind that it’s against the guys. I’m not scared or anything.

“It’s just another contest.

“I’ve finished for the year, my next one won’t be until January, so I guess it will be just good to put the rashie on and get some practice. Practice makes perfect, I guess.”

She said “it won’t be easy” taking on the likes of n teammate Shane Holmes, who won Mattara in 2011, but she was ready for the challenge.

“I do the open men’s events at Merewether boardriders and I get through a couple of heats every now and again, so I’m not nervous or anything,” she said.

“I think it will just be good to surf against the guys because in boardriders they don’t go easy on me because I’m a girl, and I think that really has helped me for my heats against the girls, to just push really hard.

“I’m just excited because the guys that normally go in it surf really good, and to just be in the water and learn what they do, their tactics, will be great.

“I’m still learning and I just want to get as much experience as I can and hopefully I can get through a couple of heats.”

The event is set to be held at South Bar Beach and attract a field of mostly exciting young n talent.

Matt Hall on the tail of first air race world title

n pilot Matt Hall gets first Red Bull Air Race win, upsetting Bonhomme in dramatic final in Spielberg, Austria in September this year. MEREWETHER’S Matt Hall hopes to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas this weekend by winning his inaugural Red Bull Air Race world championship.

Hall goes into the season’s final race second on the rankings, trailing Englishman Paul Bonhomme.

To collect the title in Las Vegas, he will need a top-two finish and hope Bonhomme falters.

“I have to either come first or second, but it will all depend how Paul Bonhomme goes, because he’s eight points ahead of me,” Hall said.

“If he has a good race, there’s nothing I can do to win it. But if he makes an error, and I come first or second, I can still become world champion.

“If I come first and he comes sixth, I win.”

Hall said he was feeling calm and confident, despite being on the cusp of his greatest achievement as a racing pilot.

“I haven’t really thought too much about what it’s going to mean to be the world champion,” he said.

“I’ll let that emotion occur if and when I win it.

“If I concentrate on that, I will get nervous, so I’m avoiding all thought about the world championship and just concentrating on a good race.”

Hall and his support crew fly out for America on Tuesday. He expects to be fully acclimatised in time for Saturday’s qualifying sessions.

“We’re pretty good at that these days, as a team,” he said.

It will be the second time Hall has competed in Las Vegas.

“It’s a hot course, being in the desert there, which goes in our favour, because typically we tend to go well in hot conditions,” he said.

“It’s also a windy track, which means it’s easy for people to make mistakes.”

Bonhomme (67 points) and Hall (59) have the top two positions sewn up.

Austrian Hannes Arch (30) and Czechoslovakia’s Martin Sonka (28) are duelling for third.

Wallabies defy Wales in Cup thriller

The Wallabies celebrate after holding off Wales in their final pool match of the Rugby World Cup. Picture: Getty ImagesLONDON: Trapped on their own tryline and down to 13 men with only a six-point lead, needed something special to repel a Welsh side who could smell blood in the water.

In a pivotal period which could define their Rugby World Cup campaign, the Wallabies held firm and powered to a 15-6 win described as one of their sweetest in recent times, with five-eighth Bernard Foley kicking five penalties.

World Cup winners John Eales and George Gregan hailed the extraordinary defensive display on Saturday at Twickenham which extended their 11-game winning streak over Wales, ground out with halfback Will Genia and lock Dean Mumm sin-binned within three minutes of each other midway through the second half.

“The Wallabies’ defence was just outstanding,” said Eales, ‘s captain in their 1999 World Cup triumph.

“The Welsh just kept going and going, but they couldn’t find a way through ‘s defence. The Wallabies just kept finding a way.”

Gregan said: “It was just great grit. True n grit. Do us proud. That defence comes from attitude. It’s all heart.”

The victory might have come at a cost, with stars David Pocock (calf) and Israel Folau (ankle) both picking up injuries, though coach Michael Cheika was confident they would be fit to face world No.9 Scotland in Sunday’s quarter-final at Twickenham.

It ensured the Wallabies will avoid South Africa and New Zealand until a potential final. But it was the remarkable wall of gold which filled coach Michael Cheika with pride.

In an amazing seven-minute period in the second half, the Wallabies were reduced to 13 men but refused to break – three times denying attacking raids by holding attackers up over the tryline.

“We made some mistakes and we’ve got so much improvement, but for our courage and the way we put our bodies on the line to defend, I’m very proud of the lads,” Cheika said.

“I was very proud of their resilience and their intent to go and do what they did.”

It ranks alongside the 11-9 quarter-final win over South Africa last World Cup as the best modern-day defensive effort from the Wallabies.

Genia believed the nature of it, and defending two men down, set it apart.

“This is one of the sweetest ones I’ve been a part of,” he said. You just had to make a hell of a lot of tackles.”

Genia had cynically tackled his opposite, Gareth Davies, who had taken a quick tap, before Mumm joined him on the sidelines after grabbing Alun Wyn Jones in a lineout.

Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau lost control of the ball under pressure from the Wallabies defence as he crossed the line soon after Mumm’s sin-binning.

Even more impressive was bench flanker Ben McCalman’s effort to deny a rampaging George North, who had been brought down by Foley in the lead-up.

The powerful centre was held up by McCalman over the line in a show of strength that kept on top.

The match was all but secured when veteran winger Adam Ashley-Cooper rushed out of the line to shut down another rampant Welsh raid, helping force a turnover.

“That’s one of the best wins I’ve been involved with,” captain Stephen Moore said.

“We had to defend with 13 men for a long period down our end and I’m really proud with how we stuck in for each other.”

Across the park there were brutal contests for the ball – David Pocock, Sean McMahon and Scott Fardy had their hands full at the breakdown up against the Welsh trio of captain Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Faletau.

“We threw absolutely everything at and you’ve got to give them a heck of a lot of credit,” said Warburton.

“Their defence in their 22 was outstanding and we backed ourselves to go for the try. We couldn’t get it.”

A week after dominating England, the scrum again held firm after early challenges and won two first-half penalties to assert its dominance.