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Live: Australia v Wales

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David Sygall

Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Rugby Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Allianz Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Will Genia of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Rugby Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Allianz Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

Righto, time for me to sign off (and get ready for the league match I'm blogging later on). Thanks for coming along for the ride. Don't forget to grab a copy of The Sun-Herald tomorrow to read the follow up - and there will be plenty - from this Test, with Georgina Robinson, Greg Growden and Josh Rakic chasing up all the latest.
Bye for now.

So, it's a clean sweep to the Wallabies against a gallant and probably quite unlucky Wales. It was one try apiece, a conversion to Halfpenny to go with his four from five, against Barnes's five from five penalty goals. The lead swapped a couple of times towards the end before the Wallabies sealed it late.

That's seven wins on the trot for the Wallabies against Wales. They'll meet again in December over there.

Pocock talking after the game, admits his team spilled too much ball, "not the performance we were after", but very proud of the way the team finished the game.

80min: The siren goes - and Genia punts the ball into touch. It's all over!!! Wallabies triumph 20-19.

79min: They'll keep the ball now, you'd think. Seconds remaining.

79min: The ball's into touch. Australia wins the lineout.

78min: Australia wins a penalty from the lineout. The big crowd yells in appreciation.

78min: James Hook gets the ball!!! He kicks up the sideline!! But the ball just goes out. That could have been the critical moment. Lineout now.

77min: Wallabies setting up. Wales must keep disciplined.

75min: Wallabies have the ball. Gone wide to the left wing.

74min: Pen goal - Sneaks it in!!! Just inside the right hand upright from Barnes. Wallabies ahead 20-19. Five minutes remaining.

74min: Australia on the attack now - and they get a penalty for offside. Barnes will have a chance now to put his team ahead.

73min: But Wales are penalised for obstruction at the lineout! What a let off for the Wallabies.

72min: Beale catches the ball from a Halfpenny kick - and puts his foot on the sideline!! Lineout throw for Wales. A real opportunity to close out the match.

71min: Pen goal - It's there! And Wales are ahead once again. It's 19-17 now.

70min: Yet another scrum penalty. Robinson penalised and Wales have the chance to kick their way back into the lead. Halfpenny to take the shot. He doesn't miss many from this position, nearly in front. He's missed just one kick on this tour.

68min: But Australia hand over possession and Wales have the field position now, with a scrum to pack about 30 metres out.

67min: Penalty to Australia from the scrum there. A bit of a breather.

66min: So, just moments after Jones' try put Wales ahead for the first time, Australia have struck back and hold a slender lead heading into the home stretch.

65min: TRY!! Horne has been awarded the try. Could have gone the other way perhaps. Great effort from Davies who nearly made Horne lose the ball as he tried to ground it. Barnes' conversion attempt goes wide. It's 17-16 to the Wallabies.

64min: Rob Horne has crossed the line out wide. But we're going to check with the video referee to see if he grounded the ball properly. Horne looks confident.

63min: Australia looking for a quick reply, but Barnes loses it. Wales kick upfield and Barnes has it again. Ashley-Cooper with the ball now.

62min: TRY!! They've gone the direct route and it's a try! 16-12 to Wales.

61min: Wales threatening now! Keeping it in the forwards. Charging at the line.

60min: This time the Wallabies screw the scrum. But Wales still have the ball.

59min: Wales win a penalty from the scrum. Wallabies diceing with a penalty try here.

56min: To be a bit clearer - Beale was put into a gap, chipped over a defender and then hit the deck after running into another defender. Wales cleaned up and launched a counter attack, which has them camped just five metres from the Wallabies' tryline.

55min: Wallabies pressing upfield now.  Beale chips - was he obstructed?? But Wales now have the ball and have kicked upfield. Ioane carries the ball across the goalline and grounds it. That was end to end stuff!!!

54min: The long range penalty shot ..... has hit the upright!!! It stays 12-9 to the Wallabies.

53min: Scrummaging penalty to Wales. Dominant effort.

52min: Game's slowed down a bit. Both sides struggling to get continuity.

51min: Crowd figure just announced - 42,889. Full house at Allianz.

50min: Word is that Pat McCabe has a broken nose.

48min: Slow ball for Wales.

46min: Would you believe it? Barnes's kick didn't find touch. Wow..

46min: Wales' forwards taking it one out. But they're penalised for an offside play in the ruck. Australia needed that.

45min: But they've coughed it up again!! Now Wales are away. Davies kicks down the sideline and Barnes has to clean up in his own in-goal. Barnes finds the safety of the sideline with a clearing kick. Poor ball security again by Australia. Wales look closer all the time to capitalising on Wallaby mistakes.

44min: Wales lose the ball and Australia are away!

43min: Beale drops a big kick and Wales now have the scrum feed. Not sure what Beale was trying to do there. Looked like a crocodile trying to catch a ball in its mouth.

42min: Great start by Australia, who were very disappointed with their first half performance.

41min: Australia in possession. Barnes chips and Beale snaps it up! But Beale passes wide to Ioane, who can't hold on to it. The pass was just behind him.

Ok, set for the second half.

GeeRob (Georgina Robinson) has sent through this half time wrap:

"I don't want to hear anybody whinge ever again about the state of international rugby. This Test series has been short on tries but long on speed and ferocity. The north-south match ups in South Africa and New Zealand have been just as exciting. The scrum re-sets are irksome today but if you didn't think that half's hits, runs and bleeding faces were enough for your sporting appetite you don't deserve your rum and coke. Nice to see Wallabies wingman Adam Ashley-Cooper elevate basic handling skills to the level of foreign policy with his appeal for greater "ball security" from his compatriates. No doubt the Welsh are considering "perestroika" in the dressing room as they stare down a full half without captain and flanker Sam Warburton."

 

Some telling stats there. Wales made 20 more tackles than Australia, who had 53 per cent of the ball. Wallabies made many more runs, gained nearly 100 more metres and missed four fewer tackles.

But poor ball security has cost the Wallabies at crucial times.

40min: The siren goes. Wales keeps pressing. Field goal attempt by Priestland goes..... wide. Genia grounds it an that'll do us. Half time score is 12-9 to Australia.

39min: Pen goal - And Barnes slots it through the posts. That makes it 12-9 to the Wallabies. Looks like a tryless half. Both sides had chances.

News is that Warburton took a knock to the head and won't be back.

37min: Australia wins a penalty for scrum half Phillips being offside.

34min: The answer is 'Yes'. Higginbotham loses it.

34min: This time Australia gets the lineout right. They're in good field position. Will they waste it again?

33min: Wales clear and Australia has to work it out now from their quarter. Now they win a penalty for Lydiate not rolling away.

33min: Another wasted opportunity as the lineout goes wrong. Dear oh dear..

33min: Kick from outside the 22 by Phillips means the ball comes back and Australia has the line out throw.

31min: Ok, Wallabies on the attack again now. Ioane makes a break - but it's a turnover and Wales look to work it out of their own territory.

28min: Wallabies still with the ball. About 15 metres out. But Wales get a penalty for Australia going over. What a waste of possession and position. Kefu not on his feet, as the injured Warburton comes from the field. Not sure of the problem, but a big blow for Wales, losing their No.7.

27min: Horne finds half a break. Now Genia finds half a gap. They're setting up, but it's slow ball.

26min: Jones muddles the take off the re-start AGAIN. Australia has the ball but another infringement, this time from Palu, hands Wales a penalty.

25min: Pen goal - Halfpenny is successful and it's 9-9.

24min: Good work. Phillips upping the tempo for Wales, putting the Wallabies' defence under pressure with quick go-forward play. Australia penalised for being offside and it seems an easy three points coming up.

23min: Wales on the attack! This game is getting hot.

21min: Davies makes a break for Wales, but the Wallabies snatch back possession and have a line out in the Wales half.

19min: Wales were closing in on the tryline but were penalised AGAIN for incorrect rucking. Wallabies now running the ball out of their own territory.

19min: Dodgy lineout by Polota Nau and Wales have the ball.

18min: It's a penalty-fest. Wales caught offside now and Barnes will go for distance up the sideline. That's four early penalties conceded by the Welsh.

16min: Pen goal - And Barnes kicks truly. It's 9-6 to the Wallabies now.

15min: Another penalty for the Wallabies. Jenkins penalised for not trying to roll away. Barnes will have another shot at goal.

15min: Wallabies getting over the advantage line. Keeping possession. Many phases now.

13min: Pen goal - Halfpenny lines up the shot from halfway. And..... he's got it!! 6-6.

12min: Lot of experience in that Wales front row. They've won a penalty. Robinson penalised for some wayward scrummaging.

11min: But Wales let off the hook because the Wallabies' forwards went early. Penalty to Wales. Now their feed.

10min: Ooops! Wales penalised from the re-start for not clearing the 10 metres with the kick off. Scrum packing down on halfway.

8min: Pen goal - We're back up the other end quick smart and Australia has a penalty now. Barnes about to shoot. And it's successful! 6-3 to the Wallabies.

7min: Pen goal - Halfpenny scores the goal. 3-3.

7min: Sharpe was penalised.

7min: Penalty to Wales. Wallabies forwards didn't clear out of the ruck.

6min: Wales now in possession. Keeping the ball in hand.

4min: Halfpenny has returned to the play.

4min: Pen goal - First points to the Wallabies as Barnes pots the shot at goal.

Australia had the advantage, so Barnes went for a shot from in front. Now he's setting up for a penalty. Barnes scored 17 points last week.

3min: Field goal attempt from Barnes goes wide.

2min: Australia stretch wide early. Territory play. Halfpenny looks to have injured his shoulder early.

1min: Berrick Barnes gets us underway.

About to kick off!

Wales will feel good that they scored two tries to one in Melbourne. But how will they bounce back after losing? A real mental test for them.

All eyes on Kurtley Beale, who returns after a shoulder injury. Hopefully those assault charges hanging over him won't prevent him doing his job well today.

Wales led with a minute to go in their last meeting only to fall to a last ditch penalty goal. Ouch..

Wales have lost their last nine of 10 Tests against the Wallabies.

Previous results in the series, Australia won both Tests, 27-19 and 25-23.

Our team at the ground, Greg Growden, Josh Rakic and Georgina Robinson advise that the only change is that Nos. 4 and 5 for Wales, Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones, respectively, are swapping jumpers.

G'day everyone. I hope that wherever in the world you are, you're settling in for what should be a fast game of running rugby. It's a dead rubber but plenty on the line, with Wales looking to take something with them after losing the first two matches of the series and the Wallabies keen to ensure their first match at Allianz Stadium since 1998 goes their way.

It's a sell out, a perfect winter's day in Sydney and everything's set for a great show of top notch Test rugby. See the preview below for all the details. We'll find out about any team changes and get back to you soon.

 

Join award-winning sports journalist David Sygall as the Wallabies attempt a clean sweep of the Six Nations champions as Saturday afternoon Test rugby returns to Moore Park.

PREVIEW

Six Nations champions Wales will look to salvage something out of their heartbreak tour of Australia with victory over the Wallabies in the third Test in Sydney on Saturday.

The Welsh have had a week to reflect on their devastating last-kick defeat to the Australians in Melbourne last Saturday, which lost them the series and prolonged 43 years of misery without a win Down Under.

The Wallabies have had the run on Wales in recent matches, winning their last six encounters, and are without a loss to the Welsh in their last 10 internationals in Australia dating back to 1969 when the tourists won 19-16 in Sydney.

The Welsh looked set to break their Australian curse last weekend only to concede a penalty when they brought down a driving Wallaby maul, presenting Mike Harris with a shot at goal to clinch a 25-23 win after the siren.

Wales were gutted by the last-gasp loss and it has taken considerable psychological effort to bounce back for another crack at the Wallabies.

"We need to salvage something out of this trip. We have got another chance. We want to be a good team and we want to push on," flanker Dan Lydiate said.

"We need at least one win down here. If we can get a victory to finish the season off, it will put us in good stead leading into the autumn internationals."

The Melbourne loss still weighs heavily on Wales's most capped player Gethin Jenkins.

"We should have seen the game out in Melbourne. With only two minutes on the clock we should have done something a bit different, but when it's as tight as that it's the responsibility of the 22 to nail it," said loosehead prop Jenkins.

"It probably wasn't the best of ideas to kick the ball away, but I thought we had a good chase and pinned them down 30 metres from their line. It was just unfortunate that we gave away two penalties which cost us the game."

Wales' caretaker coach Rob Howley said in naming an unchanged side on Thursday: "We have risen to our highest position (fourth) in the IRB World rankings because of our performances so far this season, which can have positive repercussions for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but now we want to stay there and that means coming away with the spoils on Saturday."

Kurtley Beale will make his Wallabies comeback in this weekend's final Test and will be making his first appearance since coming off with a hamstring injury in last October's World Cup bronze medal playoff match against Wales in Auckland.

But Beale's return at fullback comes despite the brilliant attacking player having to defend an assault charge.

Beale missed the first three Tests of the season with a shoulder injury and during that time got into trouble over an alleged altercation with security guards at a Brisbane pub.

Coach Robbie Deans said Beale had proved at training that he was ready for a recall.

"It has been frustrating for Kurtley and he's obviously had some off-field challenges to deal with as well," Deans said.

"But it was important for all concerned that he had full confidence in his shoulder before we looked at re-introducing him to the Test arena."

Beale said he was confident his shoulder would hold up, but refused to take questions on the alleged assault.

"It's obviously been a while now... I'm just raring to go," he said.

Adam Ashley-Cooper takes Cooper Vuna's place on the wing while NSW Waratahs giant Sitaleki Timani has been recalled to the starting second-row, with Rob Simmons moving to the bench.

Deans said the changes were designed to strengthen his team.

"Both games in the series to date have been very close, there's no reason to suggest that Saturday afternoon will be any different," Deans said.

"If anything, they will be even more dangerous because the circumstance will unshackle them," he said.

"While they can no longer win the series, they can still achieve something only one other Welsh team has ever achieved by winning in Australia."

Australia (15 to 1): Kurtley Beale; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane; Berrick Barnes, Will Genia; Wycliff Palu, David Pocock (capt), Scott Higginbotham; Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani; Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Nic White, Anthony Fainga'a.

Wales (15 to 1): Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Ashley Beck, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Adam Jones; Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones; Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (capt), Ryan Jones. Reserves: Ken Owens, Paul James, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, James Hook, Scott Williams.

AFP

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