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Australia 27 - Wales 19

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Australia
    • Wales
    • 80+2 Genia is left lying on the floor exhausted as the ball trickle out and into touch. He isn't even celebrating or attempting to get up but that'll be that and Australia have survived a very spirited performance from Wales.
    • 80+1 The hooter goes with Australia in possession on the Welsh 22 ...
    • 80' Ashley-Cooper secures the turnover and finds Barnes, who despite clearly being exhausted having played three full games in a week now, still have the presence of mind to look upfield and kick into the space
    • 79' Inside the final two minutes now as Jonathan Davies decides to go it alone and gets up to the Aussie 22 before a tap-tackle brings him down. It's scrappy but the Welsh dive on to the loose ball ...
    • 78' Faingaa knocks on, Wales take a quick penalty and Cuthbert looks to break. But it's a forward pass and Australia have possession again
    • 76' Barnes bounces his second kick of the night off the upright although Australia collect and start afresh with their attack of the Welsh line
    • 75' Replacement Faingaa and Pocock do brilliantly well to chase back the length of the field and stop Wales from counter-attacking. They even earn the penalty as the clock shows five minutes remaining. Was that Wales's last chance?
    • 74' Iaone fauils to collect a high ball and Wales break through Cuthbert. But somehow Australia and more to the point Higginbotham manage to recover and it is Genia, who else, that turns the ball over and clears upfield
    • 70' Genia again! He breaks down the right wing but is on his own and three Welshmen track back to haul him down. Australia retain possession but the immediate threat is snubbed out. The Wallabies have responded brilliantly to the Welsh threat in the last 10 minutes, having looked tired and on the way out when the visitors scored their try
    • 69' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 27-19! No trouble once again for Barnes, a kick from right in front of the posts to convert and put Australia a coverted try ahead with just over 10 minutes remaining
    • 68' TRY AUSTRALIA! 25-19! Will Genia, take a bow! The Reds player once again proves to be the difference as he skips through a tackle before finding McCabe to cross over right next to the posts. That was sheer stubbornnes from Australia, facilitated by another peice of quality from Genia
    • 67' Australia within 10 metres of the Wales line now as Genia and Iaone combine, looking to fashion something spectacular ...
    • 65' Just 15 minutes remaining on the clock now and this is set up for a barn-storming finish with the rain beginning to fall in Brisbane and only one point separating the two teams ...
    • 62' PENALTY WALES! 20-19! For some of this Australian team, this is a third match in a week - a Super 15 clash, that mid-week match against Scotland and now this - and it's beginning to show as they are looking pretty ragged. Wales, meanwhile, still look fresh and Halfpenny kicks yet another penalty that puts them within one point
    • 60' CONVERSION WALES! 20-16! A brilliant conversion from Halfpenny, drilled low and right through the centre of the posts from wide on the right wing
    • 59' TRY WALES! 20-14! Beck, having just come off the bench, makes a great angled couple of metres, getting his hands through the tackle before off-loading to Cuthbert (also on the angle) before he races away for a try! Wales are right back in this now
    • 57' PENALTY WALES! 20-9! Halfpenny makes no mistake with another kick at the posts while all the drama with the Williams injury is going on and Wales are sneaking back into this one now
    • 55' Polota-Nau and Williams have both gone off, although the Welshman looks more seriously hurt that the Australian.
    • 53' Scott Williams takes a massive hit from all 20-stone of Polota-Nau and he stays down injured. The Tahs hooker also looks to have done himself a little damage, albeit less than he did Williams, who is still receiving attention on the deck
    • 52' Jonathan Davies almost skips through the Australian line although Ashley-Cooper is stil there and brings him down. Wales looking the most dangerous they have all match though as they retain possession ... Warburton, Cuthbert, Priestland, Hook, Wales up to the five metre line ...
    • 51' DROP GOAL AUSTRALIA! 20-6! Will Genia is virtuely unplayable tonight as he causes Wales all sorts of trouble in the centre of the field before popping the ball back to Barnes in the pocket, and that is an easy drop goal for the NSW Waratahs fly-half
    • 50' Fantastic from Barnes as his inch-perfec kick goes down the line for Vuna to chase. Cuthbert is there to collect but Vuna is immediately all over him and hauls him into touch. Australia are looking dangerous again here ...
    • 49' Ill-discipline could haunt Wales today as once again they look like stringing something together only to hand possession to Australia when they fail to release the ball
    • 46' PENALTY WALES! 17-6! Halfpenny has the distance and just has the direction as he ball sneaks inside the right post before curling round behind. Wales bring the gap down to 11 points
    • 45' Wales are handed a chance to reduce the deficit by three points as Australia fail to roll away from the tackle just inside the half-way line ...
    • 43' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 17-3! Easy for Barnes to add the extras from right in front of the posts as Australia start the second half in perfect fashion
    • 42' TRY AUSTRALIA! 15-3! Absolutely brilliant from Will Genia! The diminutive scrum-half gets the ball from the re-start and carves up the Welsh defence, single-handedly fashion a gap and then running over the line for a well-deserved try
    • 41' Berrick Barnes gets the second half underway ...
    • HT The Wallabies have looked dangerous but Wales are by no means out of this match thanks to so impressive defensive displays. Their attacking opportunities have been relatively limited though
    • 40' The hooter goes as Wales put the ball into the scrum. The visitors get the ball out without too much trouble and Halfpenny thumps it into touch to put an end to the half.
    • 38' Australia break once again, this time down the left wing with Digby Iaone. Wales somehow manage to keep them out. Their defence has been immense this half ... Australia could easily have had three or four tries by now
    • 37' Things have got a little bit scrappy from both sides as this match trickles towards half-time ...
    • 34' Berrick Barnes's latest kick at the posts bounces off the left upright although the hosts are not a million miles away from being able to collect the rebound right in front of the line. Once again Wales get a little lucky with their last-gasp defence
    • 32' George North has had to depart the field already and is currently looking pretty dis-consolate on the sidelines with his knee wrapped with an ice pack. James Hook has come on in his stead
    • 30' According to the Australian commentators it took 10 cups of very strong tea and a couple of wooly blankets to get David Pocock and Will Genia back from the brink of hypothermia in Newcastle on Wednesday night. That's how shocking the conditions were. Scotland, on the other hand, are used to it!
    • 28' Frenetic stuff, with several Wales players doubled over on their haunches, as Genia breaks, chipping upfield for himself to chase. North again is there to collect and take the ball over the line but Genia is looking incredibly dangerous so far today
    • 28' Australia turn the ball over before thumping upfield. George North just gets the bounce under huge pressure from Vuna, who chases off after Halfpenny as he tries to run Wales out of trouble
    • 26' Wales still in possession and Jonathan Davies almost breaks through a gap but skipper Pocock somehow manages to stop him. Still Wales hold on to the ball though, the are beginning to get some momentum now ...
    • 25' George North receives the ball for almost the first time in this clash, breaking down the left wing with a chance to run at League convert Cooper Vuna, who is suspect in defence
    • 23' PENALTY WALES! 10-3! Halfpenny gets his side off the mark, feeding a fairly tricky kick inside the left upright after Australia are penalised for failing to roll away. The visitors are off the mark
    • 20' Australia turn the ball over on their own 22 and Polota-Nau races off with it. He has Genia in support and puts the kick upfield after receiving the call from his scrum-half. But instead of putting it into space, Polota-Nau tries to thread the ball up the line and Genia hasn't time to get there before it dribbles into touch. Wales escape
    • 17' CONVERSION AUSTRALIA! 10-0! An easy kick for Barnes to convert from right in front of the posts. You'd have to work pretty hard to misses that one and Australia reach double figures in their points tally after just 17 minutes
    • 16' TRY AUSTRALIA! 8-0! Just relentless pressure from the Wallabies in the opening 15 minutes of this match and they have finally made that tell as Higginbotham burrows his way over the line from five metres out
    • 14' Wow! Australia blew a gilt-edged chance to score the opening try of the match there. Horne had Ashley-Cooper unmarked outside him but failed to get the pass off and instead was brought down. The Wallabies retain the ball but the full-back could have walked that over the line if only Horne had passed to him
    • 13' Iaone has made a blistering start to this match as he puts Priestland under huge amounts of pressure collecting a kick, before Pocock takes the ball to within five metres of the line ...
    • 10' Fantastic break from Wales as Priestland and Scott Williams are involved in a neat one-two before to get past everyone but the last man in the Aussie line. But a knock-on ruins the attack in the end and it will be a defensive Australian scrum
    • 9' PENALTY AUSTRALIA! 3-0! Berrick Barnes lands the first kick of the evening, drilling his penalty between the posts after Wales were penalised at the breakdown
    • 7' A solid start by Australia as they perhaps to make a point after a week of savaging in the Aussie media. Wales, just by the way, have not beaten Australia in Australia since 1969
    • 5' Ioane makes the first real bit of progression, dancing his way through several tackles and making five metres ... great flick on by Adam Ashley-Cooper, Genia on the break. Sharpe, Pat McCabe ... Australia incredibly still on just reaching their half-way line!
    • 2' Will Genia, by the way, has done well to recover in time for this match after being on the verge of hypothermia after playing against Scotland in those terrible conditions in Newcastle (New South Wales) in mid-week
    • 1' Wales get the clash underway through the boot of Rhys Priestland ...
    • - World champions New Zealand have already beaten Ireland today, 21-year-old debutant Julian Savea scoring a hat-trick of tries at Eden Park in Auckland. Confident All Blacks dismantle Ireland
    • - The national anthems over and done with, this match is just minutes away now ...
    • - He's not playing in today's match of course but Australia and more to the point the Queensland Reds will be bouyed by the news today that Quade Cooper has ditched his usual one-year contract extension deal and has signed for another three years with the reigning Super 15 champions. Cooper signs Reds contact extension
    • - Wales meanwhile line up like this: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Scott Williams, 11-George North, 10-Rhys Priestland, 9-Mike Phillips; 8-Toby Faletau, 7-Sam Warburton (captain), 6-Dan Lydiate, 5-Luke Charteris, 4-Bradley Davies, 3-Adam Jones, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Gethin Jenkins. Replacements: 16-Matthew Rees, 17-Paul James, 18-Alun Wyn Jones, 19-Ryan Jones, 20-Lloyd Williams, 21-James Hook, 22-Ashley Beck.
    • - Australia will now look like this: 15-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14-Cooper Vuna, 13-Rob Horne, 12-Pat McCabe, 11-Digby Ioane, 10-Berrick Barnes, 9-Will Genia; 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-David Pocock (captain), 6-Scott Higginbotham, 5-Nathan Sharpe, 4-Rob Simmons, 3-Sekope Kepu, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1-Benn Robinson. 16-Stephen Moore, 17-Ben Alexander, 18-Dave Dennis, 19-Michael Hooper, 20-Nic White, 21-Anthony Fainga'a, 22-Mike Harris.
    • - Australia were upset 9-6 by Scotland earlier in the week and have make eight changes to that team for today's clash
    • - Winger Cooper Vuna will make his Test debut for Australia against Wales in Brisbane on Saturday after being called in as a late replacement for Joe Tomane, who suffered an ankle injury in training
    • - Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale face a disciplinary investigation by the ARU after reportedly getting involved in a scuffle outside a Brisbane bar. The two injured backs were involved in a brawl with security guards at the Victory Hotel in the early hours of the morning after being evicted from the venue, Sydney's Daily Telegraph said. Australia backs probed over bar fight reports
    • - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from Australia's opening clash with Wales at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
  • Summary

    Australia versus Wales
    Higginbotham 16’, Genia 42’, McCabe 67’ Tries Cuthbert 59’
    Barnes 17’, 44’, 69’ Conversions Halfpenny 60’
    Barnes 9’ Penalties Halfpenny 23’, 46’, 57’, 63’
    Barnes 49’ Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Australia

    Manager: Robbie Deans

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Moore Substitution In (58′)
    • Alexander Substitution In (61′)
    • Fainga'a Substitution In (72′) Substitution Out (57′)
    • Dennis Substitution In (64′)
    • Hooper Substitution In (61′)
    • White
    • Harris

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Wales

    Manager: Rob Howley

    On the Field

    Subs

    • James Substitution In (77′)
    • Jones Substitution In (53′) Substitution Out (77′)
    • Rees Substitution In (53′)
    • Hook Substitution In (28′)
    • Jones Substitution In (54′)
    • Beck Substitution In (56′)
    • Williams

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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