TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Wales withstood a furious Australian comeback to secure a 29-25 win in a dramatic Pool D encounter in Tokyo on Sunday, recording their first victory over the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup since 1987 and taking a major step towards the quarter-finals.
Wales built up a 23-8 halftime lead after tries from Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Davies and added 14 points from the boot of replacement flyhalf Rhys Patchell to hold on and put the Six Nations champions in control of the pool.
The result means Australia, who came back to within a point at one stage following tries from Adam Ashley-Cooper, Dane Haylett-Petty and captain Michael Hooper, now face a potentially tricker tie in the quarter-finals.
After Australia had surged back into the match, it was down to Patchell, on for the injured Dan Biggar, to hold his cool and slot the decisive penalty with eight minutes to go and secure the win.
Reporting by Jack Tarrant; editing by Tony Lawrence