Wales coach unconcerned about losing streak against Aussies.
The Wallabies haven’t lost to Wales since 2008 despite a number of close matches between the sides since then, especially in 2012 when Kurtley Beale’s 79th minute try snatched victory in Cardiff.
Gatland pointed to his side’s wins over South Africa last year and their comeback against England as reasons to be positive.
“We haven’t spoken about it at all. The last five times there has been a score in it,” Gatland said.
“We’ve been ahead in games and we haven’t been able to finish it off. You learn from those experiences and I’d like to think we have demonstrated that in the big games.
“In November against South Africa, we closed that game down, and coming from behind against England in the last 20 minutes.”
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All Blacks look to sharpen up ahead of knockout stage.
Statistically, wherever you look, the omens are all black for Tonga ahead of their final Pool C game against New Zealand at St James’ Park on Friday.
In their four previous meetings, ‘Ikale Tahi have lost 45-9, 102-0, 91-7 and 41-10. That is a combined points differential of 279-26, an average of 69-6. The try count stands at 39-2 in favour of New Zealand.
The record books also show that the All Blacks have never lost a pool match at a World Cup. Only once have they been held to a winning margin of less than 10 points, an 18-12 overture against England in the opening game of the 1991 tournament at Twickenham.
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South Africa 64 – 0 USA.
Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing victory over the United States at the Olympic Stadium.
Former All Black Lomu stood three tries clear of Habana on 15 tries heading into the match but the winger ran over a hat-trick against a much-changed USA side as the Springboks recorded a convincing 64-0 victory to top Pool B and set up a meeting with either Wales or Australia in the last eight.
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Match in Cardiff on Sunday will decide who tops of Pool D.
France arrived at Wales’s training base in the Vale of Glamorgan to prepare for their Pool D decider against Ireland in time to watch England being thrown out of the tournament but there was no celebrating.
“As a rugby player you are pleased that one of your rivals in the tournament has been knocked out but as a person you feel compassion for your fellow players,” said the centre Mathieu Bastareaud.
His view was echoed by Benjamin Kayser, who spent two years of his career at Leicester and was on the standby list in the 2007 World Cup when France, after losing the opening match of the tournament to Argentina in Paris, faced Ireland knowing defeat would mean they became the first hosts to be knocked out at the group stage.
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