Wendell Sailor produced a devastating early two-try burst as Australia beat Wales 30-10 in Sydney on Saturday.
Wales coach Steve Hansen can be rightly proud of his side's display, but the Wallabies always had the cutting edge.
Only dropped passes and poor place-kicking stopped the world champions from bettering last week's 45-16 win over Ireland.
Wales started brightly, surprising Australia with the early intensity of their play.
And only a poor decision by centre Mark Taylor - who ignored an overlap - denied the visitors the game's opening try.
That honour went to Sailor, as Australia stole possession and released their wing from behind his own try line.
The rugby league convert brushed aside Jamie Robinson and Gareth Llewellyn, before racing the full length of the pitch for his second Test try.
Wendell did very well. That individual effort was fantastic
Australia skipper George Gregan
Sailor struck again three minutes later after Bill Young turned over more Welsh possession, allowing George Gregan to launch another swift counter-attack.
Chris Latham found a beautiful angled run before chipping behind Rhys Williams to set up a simple score for his supporting winger.
Elton Flatley missed both conversions, although minutes later he slotted a penalty from in front of the posts.
With a quarter of the match gone, Stephen Jones got Wales on the scoreboard with a penalty, but that only signalled a sustained period of Australian pressure.
The visitors defended robustly for a spell, but Latham broke free again to score in the left corner, Flatley again missing the afters as his side led 18-3 at the break.
Jamie Robinson claimed Wales' sole try after intense pressure
Flatley continued his kicking shocker in the second half before Joe Roff wasted another scoring opportunity, knocking-on over the line.
Wales made the most of the let-off and punished Australian complacency from a line-out.
The delivery was crisp, the probing patient, and Taylor applied pace and power to suck in the defence before Jones' perfect miss-pass sent Robinson over on the right, the fly-half also adding the conversion.
It took only three minutes for the men in green and gold to reply, hooker Jeremy Paul crashing over from fifth-phase ball.
Roff took over the place-kicking duties, but also managed to find the woodwork.
Wales stayed competitive, with wing Mark Jones, lock Robert Sidoli and number eight Colin Charvis all catching the eye. Rookie back-row Jon Thomas also did well on his debut.
"I think we showed a few people we can play a bit. We've got some good young players, things are looking good."
Wales skipper Martyn Williams
Australia added some fresh legs from the bench and it was substitute Nathan Grey who got the scoreboard moving again, stepping inside Sidoli to score under the posts.
Even the Aussie kickers could not spurn this opportunity, and there were ironic cheers from the Sydney crowd as Roff slotted the conversion to make it 30-10.
Gareth Cooper dominated the remains of the match for Wales and was unlucky not to come up with a consolation try.
It would have made little difference to the result, but both sides will be in reasonable heart for next weekend.
Wales face an All Black backlash after their loss to England, while Australia have the task of bringing the English back to earth.
Australia: Chris Latham (Queensland Reds); Wendell Sailor (Queensland Reds), Morgan Turinui (NSW Waratahs), Steve Kefu (Queensland Reds), Joe Roff (ACT Brumbies); Elton Flatley (Queensland Reds), George Gregan (ACT Brumbies, capt); Bill Young (ACT Brumbies), Jeremy Paul (ACT Brumbies), Patricio Noriega (NSW Waratahs), Nathan Sharpe (Queensland Reds), David Giffin (ACT Brumbies), David Lyons (NSW Waratahs), Phil Waugh (NSW Waratahs), Toutai Kefu (Queensland Reds).
Replacements: Brendan Cannon (NSW Waratahs), Ben Darwin (ACT Brumbies), Daniel Vickerman (ACT Brumbies), Daniel Heenan (Queensland Reds), Chris Whitaker (NSW Waratahs), Nathan Grey (NSW Waratahs), Lote Tuqiri (NSW Waratahs).
Wales: Rhys Williams (Cardiff Blues); Mark Jones (Llanelli), Jamie Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Mark Taylor (Llanelli), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Gareth Cooper (Bath); Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Gethin Jenkins (Pontypridd), Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd), Gareth Llewelyn (Neath), Jonathan Thomas (Swansea), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues, capt), Colin Charvis (Swansea).
Replacements: Mefin Davies (Pontypridd), Ben Evans (Cardiff Blues), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Alix Popham (Leeds), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli), Ceri Sweeney (Pontypridd), Gavin Henson (Swansea).