Wales head coach Warren Gatland said there were positives to take from his side's 25-16 defeat against Australia in the first match of their summer series.

The Dragons slipped to their eighth straight test defeat in Sydney, giving Joe Schmidt an opening victory in his first match in charge of Australia.

Tries from Taniela Tupou, Filipo Daugunu and Tom Wright set up the victory, while Wales managed a penalty try and nine points from new fly-half Ben Thomas.

Wales' winless run is now their worst losing sequence since a run of eight in 2012 and 2013.

Gatland was impressed with his team's performance, but questioned why James Botham's second-half try was disallowed for obstruction.

"I just need to get some clarity on the disallowed try in terms of the decision which was made, I'm not 100% sure," Gatland said.

"We know where we are at the moment. We're developing this team, and we're going to have to learn from these experiences.

"There were some real positives out of there in terms of what we are trying to do."

It was a 14th loss in 20 matches for Gatland in his second stint in charge after returning as head coach at the end of 2022.

"Unfortunately, resilience doesn't win games. Credit to the heart and the dig-in the boys showed - that's going to get us far," captain Dewi Lake said.

"But a young team, we've got to learn how to win games, put points on the board, and see games out.

"Credit to Australia, they put points on the board and made us chase the game.

"There were a couple of opportunities we missed and that's probably the difference on the scoreboard."

Australia will now look to wrap up the two-Test series in Melbourne next Saturday.

Data Debrief: Wales' losing rut continues

The latest loss for Wales means they drop to their lowest position in World Rugby's rankings, slipping to 11th and falling outside the top 10 for the first time.

It was also a 12th successive defeat against the Wallabies in Australia in an away losing streak that stretches back to 1969.