Australia head coach Robbie Deans believes Wales will be "lying in wait" for his Wallabies side ahead of their fourth meeting of the year at the Millennium Stadium on December 1.
There were only 11 points splitting the two teams in the three-Test series, but it ended as a 3-0 whitewash in favour of Australia after their 20-19 triumph in Sydney but if it was heartbreak once again for Sam Warburton's men, Deans expects the bitter disappointment to fire them up for the next meeting.
"By the time we get over there at the end of the year they will be refreshed and lying in wait not only for us, but also the All Blacks. I think they have a good opportunity there," said Deans.
"Both teams were capable of winning that game and credit to my blokes for showing some composure in critical moments at the end. They also showed great discipline because there was a lot happening off the ball and they didn't react.
"Wales are a world-class side. They have a capacity to play, they have an ability to keep going for the full 80 minutes and they have threats all across the park."
Having lost the first Test in Brisbane by eight points, and the second in Melbourne by two having led up until the 81st minute, there was more pain in Sydney as they were beaten by a single point after twice taking the lead in the second half.
"It has been a fantastic series and we are going to improve as a result of this. We have been very close over the last few weeks, but we don't want any taps on the back - this team just wants to win," said Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley.
"The players turned around from last week, trained very well and their attitude was outstanding. But it is a 3-0 whitewash in the series and we won't be hiding away from that.
"It was disappointing in the last 10 minutes after taking the lead because we didn't make the most of the opportunities we had. We have to learn from that."